FERC extends permit for 49.8-MW FFP hydro project on Ohio River

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 11 granted FFP Project 121 LLC a two-year extension of its preliminary permit for the proposed New Cumberland Locks and Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Cumberland Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near the town of New Cumberland, Hancock County, West Virginia, and Jefferson County, Ohio. 

That three-year prior permit had been issued in September 2013, and was to expire on Aug. 31. 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.

FERC noted in the extension order: “In its first four progress reports, FFP indicated that it had evaluated: (1) the hydropower potential and economic feasibility of the project site; (2) consulted with the Corps to assess the conceptual feasibility of the project for the Commission’s 2-year licensing pilot program under Docket No. AD13-9-000; (3) the feasibility of achieving a negotiated settlement of key stakeholder issues; (4) potential power purchase agreements and off-take arrangements; and (5) 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 July 26, 2016, FFP filed a Notice of Intent to File a License Application, PAD, and Request for Approval to Use the Traditional Licensing Process.”

Rye Development, on behalf of FFP Project 121, had applied for this permit extension. FFP’s proposed project would include: three new 16.6-MW horizontal bulb turbine-generators having a total combined generating capacity of 49.8 MW; a new 60-foot-wide by 60-foot-long substation; and a new 0.8-mile-long, 36.7-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 251,600 megawatt-hours.

A project contact is: Erik Steimle, Vice President, Project Development, Rye Development LLC, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, erik@ryedevelopment.com.

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