FERC certifies Georgia, West Virginia projects for production tax credits

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental generation at hydropower projects in Georgia and West Virginia, to be eligible for renewable energy production tax credits.

FERC issued orders Sept. 11 certifying the 2.125-MW John P. King Mill project in Georgia and the 28.8-MW Marmet project in West Virginia for production tax credits.

John P. King Mill

Augusta Canal Authority, licensee for John P. King Mill (No. 9988), sought certification of efficiency improvements made by reconfiguring the stator of one generator. Standard Textile Inc. operates the project, on Augusta Canal downstream of Augusta Diversion Dam, which is adjacent to the Savannah River in Richmond County, Ga.

Based on information provided by the licensee, FERC certified a historical generation baseline of 16,349,656 kWh, and generation with improvements of 18,529,610 kWh. Generation from improvements, 2,179,954 kWh, represents a 13.33 percent increase in generation.


Kanawha Valley Power Co., licensee for Marmet (No. 1175), requested certification of efficiency improvements gained by installing a new trash rake system. Marmet is on the Kanawha River in Kanawha County, W.Va.

FERC certified a historical generation baseline of 61,848,000 kWh and generation with improvements of 66,796,000 kWh. Generation from improvements, 4,948,000 kWh, represents an 8 percent increase in generation.

John P. King Mill and Marmet join more than a dozen other projects for which FERC has certified incremental generation. (HNN 7/8/08)

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides that FERC certify incremental hydropower generation for renewable energy production tax credits. Incremental production gains from efficiency improvements or capacity additions to existing hydro facilities must be placed in service before 2009. The Internal Revenue Service is responsible for determining eligibility and whether to grant production tax credits.

Congress is considering new energy legislation that would extend expiring production tax credits for renewables, including some hydropower. (HNN 9/17/08)

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