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July 6, 2015

FERC Grants Expedited Process for Kentucky Hydro Project

(Commonwealth of Kentucky)

Kentucky River Lock and Dam 11 (Commonwealth of Kentucky)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved the use of a two-year licensing process for a hydropower project at a century-old dam on the Kentucky River.

Free Flow Power Project 92, LLC applied in May to add 5 megawatts of hydropower generation to Kentucky River Lock and Dam 11, built for transportation in 1906.

The company plans to add an adjustable 3.5-foot crest gate above the dam and build a powerhouse holding two generators within the existing lock structure.  New power lines would connect to an existing substation 4.5 miles away near Waco, Ky.

In a bill passed last year, Congress directed FERC to establish a two-year licensing program and develop projects to test the process.

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