Utility in PA Withdraws Plans to Expand Hydroproject

The $440 million price tag to expand the Holtwood hydropower project has forced PPL to withdraw its application filed last year to increase capacity at the existing project.

PPL Corporation had plans to increase the capacity of the existing project by 125 MW.PPL currently has a FERC license that expires in 2014.

The amendment would also have extended the license term for until 2030, in the absence of which PPL will now have to start relicensing process next year.


Twin Cities Hydro Project Seeks LIHI Certification

The twin cities hydropower project located at the Mississippi Lock and Dam No. 1 (P-362) in St. Paul, MN is seeking to be certified as a low-impact project under the Low Impact Hydropower Institute's (LIHI) certification criteria.

The 17.92 MW project was licensed by FERC in November 2004 and is located within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA).

According to the application for certification, the project consists of


November 2008


1. St. Lawrence Hydro Will Receive Production Tax Credits

St. Lawrence Hydroelectric project located on the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA will now receive tax credits for electricity generation because of its recent efficiency upgrades.


FERC Releases FEIS for Holtwood Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposal to increase capacity at the Holtwood hydroelectric project (P-1881) on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.The operator of the project has requested to construct a new powerhouse that would house two turbines and other supplementing generating units thereby increasing the capacity of the project from 107.2 MW to