FERC terminates permit for 3-MW Easton Dam hydro project in Pennsylvania

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aiug. 16 terminated a preliminary permit issued in July 2014 to Siting Renewables LLC to study the feasibility of the proposed Easton Dam Hydroelectric Project.

Article 4 of the three-year permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report at the close of each six-month period from the effective date of the permit. The permittee was notified on July 7 that its fourth progress report due on June 30 was overdue, and therefore that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. “The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled,” FERC said.

The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on Sept. 15. But, if the commission is closed on this day, then the permit is cancelled effective the close of business on the next day in which the commission is open. No applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective. Any party may file a request for rehearing of this order within 30 days.

The Easton Dam Hydroelectric Project was to be located on the Lehigh River near Easton in Northampton County, Pa. The Easton dam is owned by the state of Pennsylvania.

The proposed project was to include two channels, each with three, 500-kW very low head turbines and generators with a maximum generating capacity of 3 MW, and 4,800-foot-long 12.42/7.2 kV primary transmission line. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 15,770,000 kilowatt-hours.

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