FERC approves two extra years on permit for Pennsylvania hydro project

On July 5, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a recent application from FFP Project 132 LLC for a two-year extension of its existing preliminary permit for the proposed Allegheny Lock and Dam #7 Hydroelectric Project.

The original permit was issued on Aug. 16, 2013, and is due to expire on July 31, 2016. The proposed project would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Allegheny River Lock and Dam #7 on the Allegheny River in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

Section 5(b) of the Federal Power Act states that a preliminary permit term can be extended once for not more than two additional years if the commission finds that the permittee has carried out activities under the permit in good faith and with reasonable diligence.

In its first four progress reports filed under the original permit, FFP indicated that it had evaluated: conceptual engineering designs to support a decision regarding economic feasibility; the significance of the Corps’ prospective construction of facilities in the vicinity of the project site that would affect project costs and timeline; potential power purchase agreements and off-take arrangements in the western Pennsylvania area; interconnection opportunities in the project area; and preliminary cost estimates based on historical river flow data. In its fifth progress report, FFP indicated that it was continuing consultation with stakeholders in support of establishing existing environmental and land-use conditions at the site and in support of a Pre-Application Document (PAD). On June 22, FFP filed a Notice of Intent to File a License Application, PAD, and Request for Approval to Use the Traditional Licensing Process.

Said the July 5 FERC order: “Upon review of the application for extension, as well as five progress reports submitted under the preliminary permit, FFP has demonstrated that it has carried out activities under the permit in good faith and with reasonable diligence. Therefore, the request for extension of the preliminary permit term is granted. It is expected that during the remaining term of the permit, as extended, agency consultation will continue, studies will be completed, and a development application will be prepared.”

Rye Development, on behalf of FFP Project 132, on June 27 applied with FERC for this extension. A new concrete powerhouse would be constructed downstream of a new forebay along the left bank, facing downstream. Three horizontal bulb turbine‐generators, each rated at 5.5 MW, would be installed in the new powerhouse for a total project installed capacity of 16.5 MW.

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