FERC licenses three small hydropower projects totaling 4.69 MW

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed three small hydropower projects in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania totaling 4.69 MW in September.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for September 2014, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, featured licensing of the 4-MW Williams Dam project (No. 13346) by Free Flow Power Corp. on behalf of PayneBridge LLC. The project is to be built on Williams Dam, a former hydroelectric project owned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, on the East Fork White River in Lawrence County, Ind.

Free Flow Power previously asked FERC to expedite the licensing of Williams Dam and seven other hydroelectric projects so that they might qualify for federal investment tax credits before a deadline at the end of 2013. Hydropower facilities that could have commenced construction before the end of 2013 could have claimed the Renewable Energy/Investment Tax Credit allowing them to benefit by up to 30 percent of qualified facility costs.

FERC also issued a license to Mahoning Hydropower LLC for the 650-kW Lake Milton project (No. 13953). The project would be built at an existing dam owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on the Mahoning River in Mahoning County, Ohio.

Another license was issued to Antrim Treatment Trust for 40-kW Antrim Micro-hydropower project (No. 14537) on an unnamed tributary to Bridge Run in Tioga County, Pa. Antrim Treatment originally filed an application for exemption for a small (maximum 5-MW) hydro exemption from licensing for Antrim Micro-hydropower.

The existing unlicensed project has a capacity of 20 kW and is not connected to the electricity grid. The proposed project is to add another 20-kW turbine-generator and would interconnect to the grid.

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

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