FERC rejects permit application for 20-MW Myra Pumped Storage Hydro Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a permit application from Renewable Energy Aggregators for the 20-MW Myra Pumped Storage Hydro Project.

FERC said it issued a deficiency letter for the preliminary permit application on March 7 but received no filing in response to the letter.

In its original application, Renewable Energy Aggregators said the project would be located in Pike County, Kentucky. It would consist of an upper reservoir created through construction of a semi-circular dam and containing 185,722,530 gallons of water; a newly constructed lower reservoir; a penstock 48 feet in diameter and about 1,510 feet long; and a powerhouse containing as many as two pumping/generating units.

The application said the lower reservoir would be filled with local inflow, including groundwater inputs. The upper reservoir would potentially be constructed using roller-compacted concrete or earth and rock excavated from mine site reclamation.

Average annual generation of the project would be 903,972.98 MWh.

The application also said the project would evaluate the use of any transmission circuits developed and related to the wind farm adjacent to the project.

Last week, FERC issued an original license for the 393.3-MW Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project to be located in Klamath County, Oregon.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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