FERC seeks input on permit app for 3-MW Tuscaloosa hydro project in Alabama

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 25 went out for comment on a June 29 application from the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a preliminary permit under which the city would study the feasibility of the Lake Tuscaloosa Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the North River in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission.

The proposed project would consist of: the City of Tuscaloosa’s existing 1,280-foot-long, 36-foot-wide earth filled embankment dam; a reservoir with a surface area of 5,885 acres and a storage capacity of 122,755-acre-feet; a 20-foot-long, 96-foot-wide intake channel; a 200-foot-long, 66-inch-diameter penstock with a 66-inch-diameter butterfly valve at the junction of the existing outlet; a powerhouse containing one generating unit with a total capacity of 3 MW; a 540-foot-long, 20-foot-wide tailrace; and a 3.9-mile-long, 15-kV transmission line.

The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 18,207 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Scott B. Holmes, City of Tuscaloosa., 2201 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401; Phone (205) 248-5140; sholmes@tuscaloosa.com.

This application competes with Project No. 14750-000 filed in December 2015. Competing applications had to be filed on or before June 30 of this year. The deadline for filing comments and motions to intervene is 60 days from the issuance of this Oct. 25 notice.

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