Comments taken on plan to add 125 MW to Pennsylvania project

PPL Holtwood LLC will accept comments until March 30 on its draft license amendment application to add 125 MW to the 107.2-MW Holtwood hydroelectric project on Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River.

PPL Holtwood, a unit of Pennsylvania-based utility PPL Corp., proposes redeveloping the project to include a new two-unit powerhouse on the site of a former coal-fired power plant adjacent to the existing 10-unit Holtwood powerhouse. It also would include an ice skimmer wall upstream, in-river excavation to enhance American shad passage, replacement of wooden flashboards with inflatable rubber dam segments to enhance flow and lake level control, and a new fish barrier dam downstream.

The company is extending the comment deadline from Feb. 19 due to supplemental data and reports, and in response to agency requests. It said all comments on the draft and an environmental report received by the new due date will be addressed in a final amendment application, to be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

At one time, PPL planned to submit the application in September 2006, seeking approval of the expansion and an extension of the license term. (HNN 6/21/06)

Holtwood began operating in 1910 in Lancaster and York counties. It currently operates under a license issued in 1980 (No. 1881) that will expire in 2014.

In addition to approval for the expansion, the amendment application is expected to ask that FERC extend the license term to 2030, the maximum term allowable under the Federal Power Act. PPL has said it intends to proceed with the amendment only if it can reach a settlement with resource agencies that could be filed with the application.

PPL said much of the supplemental information it has submitted is available on a project Internet site,

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