Pennsylvania awards grant to develop 2.6-MW Beltzville

The state of Pennsylvania awarded a $750,000 grant to the borough of Leighton to support development of a 2.6-MW hydroelectric project at Beltzville Dam.

The Beltzville project would be built at a 175-foot-tall Corps of Engineers dam on Pohopoco Creek in Leighton. It would feature a powerhouse with a 1.7-MW unit and a 900-kW unit. The project would be expected annually to produce nearly 9,500 MWh and offset 9,600 tons of carbon dioxide.

The borough submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December 2006, seeking an original license to build and operate the project (No. 12455). In August, FERC issued notice that it had accepted the application and called for comments by early October. The license application is still pending with FERC.

The Beltzville project grant is one of 24 Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority grants totaling $11.2 million announced in October. In releasing names of the recipients, Gov. Edward Rendell said the grants would attract nearly $122 million in new private economic growth.

Applicants for PEDA financing can seek grant assistance for capital costs for a variety of energy projects, including �low-impact� hydropower. (HNN 4/12/07) PEDA financing is available to organizations operating in Pennsylvania, and to businesses interested in locating advanced energy operations in the state. More information is on the Internet at; enter PEDA as a key word.

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