The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 14 went out for comment on a May 4 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of a hydropower project located at the Kentucky River Authority’s Kentucky River Lock and Dam #10, located on the Kentucky River in Clark County, Kentucky.
The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission.
The proposed project would consist of: the existing 890-foot-long, 37-foot-high concrete lock and dam; three 3.97-foot-high, 82-foot-long hydraulic flashboards to be installed on the crest of the 246-foot-long spillway; a reservoir with a surface area of 573 acres and a storage capacity of 14,020 acre-feet at a normal surface elevation of 37 feet mean sea level (msl); a 770-foot-long, 300-foot-wide intake channel with a 85-foot-long retaining wall; a 98-foot-long, 115-foot-wide powerhouse, to be built adjacent to the spillway end of the dam, containing two generating units with a total capacity of 9 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 220-foot-wide tailrace with a 40-foot-long retaining wall; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 0.15-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 48,690 megawatt-hours.
The applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, (954) 248-8425.
The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this July 14 notice.