FERC okays license path for FFP’s 36.8-MW Red River hydro project in Louisiana

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 26 signed off on an Aug. 24 request from FFP Project 124 LLC to use the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP) in preparing a license application for the 36.8-MW Red River Lock and Dam No. 1 Hydroelectric Project.

The proposed project would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Red River Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Red River, near the Town of Marksville in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. The company also filed a notice of intent and pre-application document (PAD) for the proposed project.

Said the Oct. 26 approval: “Our review of the PAD suggests that the complexity of the resource issues is likely to be low and the level of anticipated controversy and disputes over studies is expected to be minimal. Therefore, I am granting your request to use the TLP.”

Specific upcoming steps that will need to be carried out during pre-filing consultation include an initial joint agency/public meeting and site visit; an opportunity for participants to request studies; preparation and participant review of a draft application; and a meeting to resolve any disputes on the draft application. The initial joint agency/public meeting is required to be held no sooner than 30 days, nor later than 60 days, from the date of this Oct. 26 letter.

Project contact information is: Erik Steimle, Vice President, Development, Rye Development LLC, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111; (617) 701-3288; erik@ryedevelopment.com.

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