Cushaw project licensed for 30 years


Earlier today, FERC issued a 30-year license to Dominion Virginia Power for continued operation of Cushaw hydroelectric project on the James River in Virginia. The project is located on the James River which provides habitat for James spinymussel, which is one of 37 threatened or endangered mussel species in Virginia and is found only in the upper James River and Dan River basins. Dominion Power has proposed to grant $10,000 to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) for protection of the James spinymussel. Although, that may not be a significant amount, the commitment shown by Dominion is laudable. The current license for the project, which began generating electricity in 1930, expires on June 15, 2008.