FERC extends permit for 25-MW Dashields hydro project in Pennsylvania

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 25 approved an Oct. 18 application from FFP Project 133 LLC for a two-year extension of its existing preliminary permit for the 25-MW Dashields Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The old permit was issued on Dec. 16, 2013, and was due to expire on Nov. 30. The proposed project would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dashields Lock and Dam on the Ohio River in Ambridge County, Pennsylvania. 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.

In its first four progress reports, FFP indicated that it had performed: consultation with the Corps’ Pittsburgh District regarding the feasibility of the project and the Corps’ operational and regulatory considerations; a screening evaluation of the project to determine its economic feasibility; preliminary cost estimates based on historical river flow data; consultation with all stakeholders with the intent of reaching agreement on potential impacts and protection, mitigation and enhancement measures; an evaluation of potential power off-take arrangements and power purchase agreements from local offtakers and utility companies; and consultation with all stakeholders in support of the development of a Pre-Application Document (PAD).

In its fifth progress report, FFP indicated that it was continuing development feasibility evaluations for the project and working to finalize the PAD. On Sept. 26, FFP filed a notice of intent to file a license application, PAD, and request for approval to use the Traditional Licensing Process. FFP is represented by Rye Development in this permitting.

FFP’s project would include: five horizontal bulb turbine-generators each rated at 5 MW; a new substation; and a new 69-kV transmission line about 2 miles long from the new substation to an existing substation. The estimated annual generation is 120 gigawatt-hours.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.