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Draft EA Issued for Claytor Project: FERC Staff Disagree with Resource Agency Staff on Recommended Flows

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the relicensing of the Claytor hydroelectric project located on the New River in  Pulaski County in Virginia. Appalachian Power Company is seeking to get a new license for the 75 MW project and had filed its application in June 2009.

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Black Warrior Project Gets FERC License

On March 31, FERC issued a 30-year license to Alabama Power Company to operate its Warrior project (P-2165) on the Black Warrior River in Alabama.

Among other things, the license requires Alabama Power to release a minimum flow of 50 cubic feet per second from the Smith dam and also annually stock coldwater fish species (i.e., trout) in the tailwaters of the Smith development. The annual stocking is expected to enhance recreational sport fishery in Sipsey Fork tributary of the Black Warrior River.

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Orrville Surrenders Application Before FERC

The City of Orrville, OH, has surrendered its license for the Pike Island hydropower project before FERC.

The project, authorized for 49.5 MW and never constructed, would have been located at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Pike Island Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Ohio County, West Virginia, and Belmont County, Ohio.

A recent progress report filed by GenPower Services, the City’s agent, had stated-

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More Hydropower Projects Seek LIHI Certification

The last day of 2009 saw seven hydropower projects filing their application for certification with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. In 2009 alone, the Institute issued certifications for nine projects throughout the country. So far, there are 46 LIHI certified projects in 24 states.

Of the seven newest projects seeking LIHI certification, five are owned by PacifiCorp. The seven projects are:

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