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FERC issues preliminary permit for study of 6-MW Whitney Point Dam Hydroelectric Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary permit to ECOsponsible LLC to study the feasibility of the 6-MW Whitney Point Dam Hydroelectric Project on the Otselic River in New York.

The proposed project would be located at Whitney Point Dam, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Broome County. The dam is more than 75 years old and is primarily operated for flood control. It is one of 13 Corps dams in the Susquehanna River watershed.

The project would consist of:

  • 50-foot-wide intake flume
  • 50-foot-long by 50-foot-wide by 50-foot-high powerhouse containing a 6-MW turbine-generator unit
  • 800-foot-long by 60-foot-wide tailrace
  • Switchyard and 360-foot-long transmission line

The project would generate an average of 24,000 MWh annually.

The permit is issued for a 48-month period, effective the first day of September.

The purpose of a preliminary permit is to preserve the right of the permit holder to have the first priority in applying for a license for the project that is being studied.