FERC approves licensing process for 25-MW Dashields hydro project in Pa.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 25 granted a Sept. 26 request from FFP Project 133 LLC to use the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP) in preparing a license application for the proposed 25-MW Dashields Locks and Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The project site is located at the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dashields Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Edgeworth Borough, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. On Sept. 26, the company also filed a notice of intent and preapplication document (PAD) for the proposed project.

Specific steps in the TLP system 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 Nov. 25 letter.

FERC on Oct. 25 had approved an Oct. 18 application from FFP Project 133 for a two-year extension of its existing preliminary permit for this project, The old permit was issued on Dec. 16, 2013, and was due to expire on Nov. 30. 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 two miles long from the new substation to an existing substation. The estimated annual generation is 120 gigawatt-hours.

Project contact information is: Erik Steimle, Vice President Project Development, Rye Development LLC, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, erik@ryedevelopment.com.

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