FERC reports Ludington Pumped-Storage ups capacity 127.5 MW

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports the Ludington Pumped-Storage project completed unit upgrades in March, increasing project capacity by 127.5 MW to a total of 1,785 MW.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for March, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, included the Ludington capacity increase and an original hydropower license application for a Minnesota project.

Licensees Consumers Energy Co. and Detroit Edison Co. received FERC approval in 2012 of a license amendment for 1,657.5-MW Ludington (No. 2680). The utilities upgraded Ludington’s six generating units by replacing pump-turbine runners and rewinding motor-generators. The modifications increased each of the six units’ installed capacity by 21.25 MW.

FERC also received an application from Minneapolis Leased Housing Associates IV L.P. for an original license for the 600-kW A-Mill Artist Lofts Hydroelectric project (No. 14628). The project is to be located at the Pillsbury A Mill on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.

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 March 2015 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2015/mar-infrastructure.pdf.

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