FERC okays permit for 75-MW Lock+ hydro project on the Mississippi River

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 16 granted a June 27 application from Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund IV (Hydro Friends) LLC for a preliminary permit, good for three years, to study the feasibility of the proposed Mississippi River Lock and Dam 26 Project.

This project would be located at the existing Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 26 on the Mississippi River, near the City of West Alston in St. Charles County, Missouri, and the City of Alton in Madison County, Illinois. The Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 26 is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The proposed project would consist of:

  • a new 750-foot-long by 22-foot-wide by 66-foot-high steel frame modular hydropower system containing fifty 1.5-MW hydropower turbines for a total combined generating capacity of 75 MW; 
  • a new 550-foot-long by 750-foot-wide tailrace;
  • a new 50-foot by 100-foot switchyard; and
  • a new 5.2-mile-long, 69-kV or 115-kV transmission line.

The project would have an estimated annual generation of 427,050 megawatt-hours.

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

The applicant contact is: Wayne F. Krouse, PO Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243; telephone (877) 556-6566, extension 709.

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