FERC grants permit to Energy Resources for 5-MW Nolin Lake hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 26 granted a December 2015 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit allowing it to study the feasibility of the proposed Nolin Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nolin Lake Dam on the Nolin River in Edmonson County, Kentucky.

The proposed project would consist of: a control structure with three 9.5-foot-wide, 25-foot-long spill gates; one 10-foot-diameter, 65-foot-long penstock with a butterfly valve; a bifurcation structure; two 6.5-foot-diameter, 32- foot-long penstocks; a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 7 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 220-foot-wide tailrace; a substation; and a 3-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 26,900 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

During the course of the three-year permit, the commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application.