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FERC issues permit to study 1-MW Prompton Dam Hydropower Project in Pennsylvania

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary permit to Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XXVI LLC to study the feasibility of the proposed 1-MW Prompton Dam Hydropower Project on the West Branch Lackawaxen River in Pennsylvania.

The project would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam in Wayne County.

The proposed project would consist of:

  • New 30-foot-long, 30-foot-wide, 160-foot-high large frame module
  • Two turbine-generator units with a total capacity of 1 MW, which would produce 4,500 MWh of electricity annually
  • New 4-foot-long, 4-foot-wide, 3-foot-high pad-mounted transformer
  • New 1,500-foot-long 13-kV transmission line connecting the new transformer to an existing distribution line

The preliminary permit is effective Dec. 1, 2019, and ends either 48 months from the effective date or on the date that a development application submitted by the permittee has been accepted for filing, whichever occurs first.

According to FERC, “Section 4(f) of the FPA authorizes the Commission to issue preliminary permits for the purpose of enabling prospective applicants for a hydropower license to secure the data and perform the acts required by section 9 of the FPA, which in turn sets forth the material that must accompany an application for license. 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. Because a permit is issued only to allow the permit holder to investigate the feasibility of a project while the permittee conducts investigations and secures necessary data to determine the feasibility of the proposed project and to prepare a license application, it grants no land-disturbing or other property rights.”

Earlier this month, FEC issued a preliminary permit to Four Lakes Task Force to study development of the 6-MW Edenville Dam Hydroelectric Project in Michigan.