FERC hydro license amendments add 3.2 MW; third amendment seeks 170 kW

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved hydropower license amendments for projects in Wisconsin and Michigan, increasing installed hydro capacity 3.2 MW during September.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for September 2013, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, also reported that a Kentucky project seeks an amendment for improvements that would increase project capacity by 170 kW.

The commission issued a license amendment to Wisconsin Electric Power Co. for the 6.1-MW Twin Falls project (No. 11831) on the Menominee River in Wisconsin and Michigan. The amendment authorizes the utility to replace the existing powerhouse with a 9-MW powerhouse, increasing project capacity by 2.9 MW. Black & Veatch received a contract in 2012 to design the new powerhouse for the nearly 100-year-old facility.

FERC also issued an amendment to Boyce Hydro Power LLC to increase the installed capacity of the 3.3-MW Sanford project (No. 2785) to 3.6 MW. Boyce operates Sanford and the 4.8-MW Edenville (No. 10808), 1.2-MW Secord (No. 10809), and 1.2-MW Smallwood (No. 10810) projects on the Tittabawassee River near Midland, Mich.

FERC reported it also received application in September to increase the installed capacity of the 2.04-MW Mother Ann Lee hydro project (No. 539) on the Kentucky River in Mercer County, Ky. (Hydro Review January 2009) Licensee Lock 7 Hydro Partners LLC plans to replace the turbine runner of Unit 2, boosting project capacity to 2.21 MW.

FERC, which previously used the infrastructure update as an in-house tool, began making the monthly update public beginning with December 2010. The report allows the public to track the activities of the Office of Energy Projects in the areas of hydropower, natural gas, electric generation, and electric transmission.

The Office of Energy Projects’ Energy Infrastructure Update for September 2013 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/sept-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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