FirstEnergy applies to transfer 11 plants to LS Power unit
Multi-state utility FirstEnergy Corp. applied Sept. 4 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to transfer 10 hydropower licenses covering 11 plants of 530 MW in three states to Harbor Hydro Holdings LLC, a unit of LS Power Group.
FirstEnergy announced in May it had begun implementation of a plan to sell up to 1,240 MW of unregulated non-core hydroelectric assets.
FirstEnergy's application includes:
- 451-MW Seneca Pumped-Storage, licensed as the Kinzua project for Kinzua Dam, which impounds its lower reservoir on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania;
- 9.5-MW Allegheny Lock & Dam 5 and 8.5-MW Allegheny Lock & Dam 6 on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania;
- 51.2-MW Lake Lynn on the Cheat River in West Virginia;
- 2.84-MW Millville and 750-kW Warren on the Shenandoah River in West Virginia;
- 1.9-MW Dam No. 4 and 1.2-MW Dam No. 5 on the Potomac River in West Virginia;
- 3-MW Luray and Newport comprising the 1.6-MW Luray and 1.4-MW Newport developments on the South Fork Shenandoah River in Virginia; and
- 860-kW Shenandoah on the South Fork Shenandoah River in Virginia.
FirstEnergy said a sale agreement was reached in August and, if approved, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. The agreement is subject to closing conditions including approvals of FERC, the Virginia Corporation Commission, and other entities.
The utility said the 35 employees of the hydro plants are expected to be retained by Harbor Hydro.
FirstEnergy said the sale represents less than 3% of its generating capacity.
Refurbishments continue at Wyoming's 38-MW Glendo plant
Ceres Environmental Services Inc. has won a US$10.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation to refurbish dikes at the 38-MW Glendo plant in Wyoming.
The work includes excavation of dike embankments; placing zoned earthfill materials to construct a raised dike embankment; removing and replacing roadway pavement; and installing instrumentation wells, precast concrete vaults, and toe drain pipes.
Stakeholders work toward relicensing 876.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway project
Stakeholders have signed an agreement in principle for issuing a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission operating license for Duke Energy's 867.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway project and have launched the negotiating process intended to create a relicensing agreement by November.
Keowee-Toxaway was licensed in 1966 for 50 years. Duke filed documents with FERC in 2011 to begin relicensing for the two-development project in South Carolina and North Carolina. The project includes the 157.5-MW Keowee plant and 710-MW Jocassee pumped-storage plant on the Keowee, Little, Whitewater, Toxaway, Thompson, and Horsepasture rivers, all tributaries of the Savannah River.
More than 40 agencies and organizations have participated in relicensing teams since September 2009. The agreement-in-principle outlines proposed hydroelectric operations, lake level management, recreational amenities, regional drought response, and other considerations for the next 30 to 50 years.
After two months' study, all stakeholders signed the document in July and provided their rating of how well the pact meets their organizations' interests. Stakeholder team facilitator Ken Kearns said no stakeholder dropped out of the process and team members would like to see a relatively short list of 24 improvements.
The relicensing agreement is to be submitted to FERC with Duke's formal relicense application in August 2014.
Golder Associates wins Corps geotechnical design and engineering contract
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth a maximum of US$5 million to Golder Associates for geotechnical design and engineering services for the Corps' Alaska Division and other areas of the Corps' Pacific Ocean Division.
Services will include planning, design and construction of structures including dams, levees and embankments throughout Alaska as well as the POD, which includes Hawaii, Japan, South Korea and other Pacific Rim areas.
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Energy Infrastructure Update for July 2013, FERC has approved the third attempt by Okanogan County Public Utility District to license the 9-MW Enloe project in eastern Washington. In addition, Birch Power Co. filed an original license application for the 48-MW Demopolis project on the Tombigbee River in Alabama. Antrim Treatment Trust filed an application for exemption for a small (maximum 5-MW) hydro exemption from licensing for the 40-kW Antrim Micro-hydropower project on an unnamed tributary to Bridge Run in Pennsylvania.