AMP-Ohio studies hydro project for West Virginia Corps dam

American Municipal Power-Ohio is conducting a feasibility study for a hydropower project at the Corps of Engineers’ Bluestone Dam on the New River in Summers County, W.Va.

MWH is preparing the study report, due to Tri-Cities Power Authority by Jan. 31, 2009. Once the feasibility report is complete, a final decision will be made whether to begin construction.

On behalf of the communities of Hinton, White Sulphur Springs, and Philippi, Tri-Cities Power Authority obtained authorization to develop the site through federal legislation. The Corps and Southeastern Power Administration named the communities the non-federal sponsor for a 25.8-MW Bluestone Dam in 1992.

Hydropower had been authorized, but never added to the Corps dam. The proposed project could use three of six existing penstocks that were included in construction of the dam, completed in 1952.

Tri-Cities designated AMP-Ohio to manage all aspects of the project, including development, permitting, design, construction, maintenance, repair, and financing.

AMP-Ohio, which represents 119 municipal utilities in five states, operates the 42-MW Belleville project (No. 6939) in Belleville, W.Va., on the Ohio River. It also is developing several other Ohio River projects, including: 84-MW Cannelton (No. 10228) at Cannelton Locks and Dam, near Cannelton, Ind.; 72-MW Smithland (No. 6641) at Smithland Locks and Dam in Livingston County, Ky.; and 35-MW Willow Island (No. 6902) at Willow Island Locks and Dam near Waverly, W.Va. (HNN 8/19/08) It also supported the city of Hamilton, Ohio’s successful license application for the 105-MW Meldahl (No. 12667) hydroelectric project. (HNN 7/1/08)

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