FERC licenses three hydro projects totaling 121 MW

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed three hydroelectric projects in Louisiana and Illinois totaling 121 MW in April.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for April 2014, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, also included approval of a 1.295-MW license amendment and an application for a 5-MW hydro project in California.

FERC issued an original license to Red River Hydro LLC, a subsidiary of Symbiotics LLC, for the 78-MW Overton Lock and Dam project (No. 13160). Located on the Red River in Rapides Parish, La., the project is to utilize the existing John H. Overton Lock and Dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The commission also issued a license to BOST3 Hydroelectric LLC for the 36.2-MW Red River Lock and Dam No. 3 project (No. 12756). The project is to be built on the Corps’ Lock and Dam 3 on the Red River in Natchitoches Parish, La.

FERC issued another license to Shelbyville Hydro LLC, a subsidiary of Symbiotics LLC, for the 6.8-MW Lake Shelbyville Dam project (No. 13011). The project is to be built on Illinois’ Kaskaskia River at the Corps’ Lake Shelbyville Dam.

FERC issued a license amendment to BMB Enterprises Inc. increasing the installed capacity of the 650-kW Sixmile Creek project in Utah (No. 6764) to 1.36 MW. Although licensed in 1987 on Sixmile Creek, the project‘s only constructed facilities are a diversion dam and fish bypass due to delays for interconnection agreements, property acquisition problems, permitting, and rights of way. BMB applied for the amendment to allow four turbine-generators instead of two and a larger diameter penstock, increasing installed capacity by 1.295 MW.

Rugraw LLC filed an original license application in April for the 5-MW Lassen Lodge hydro project (No. 12496). The project would be built on the South Fork Battle Creek in Tehama County, Calif.

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 April 2014 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2014/apr-infrastructure.pdf.

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