conduit exemption

A Maryland city to build low-head hydro using its raw water line

The City of Frostburg in northwestern Maryland, has obtained an exemption from license to develop hydropower at the city’s municipal raw water line, discharging water from the hydro plant to the raw water reservoir. The City can now start constructing the 75 kilowatt project.

The City’s application to FERC states that the plant will operate automatically only when water is being pumped from the Piney Run Dam and/or Savage Mountain supply wells to the raw water supply reservoir.

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Colorado and FERC Agree to Promote Small-scale Hydropower Projects

FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to streamline the permitting process for small-scale hydropower projects that utilize existing dams or other infrastructures such as canals and conduits.

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Water Treatment Plant to Generate Power

A water treatment plan in Colorado will now generate power after the operator obtained a license exemption from FERC.

This week, FERC approved Ute Water Conservancy District’s request to grant a license exemption for the hydropower project to be operated at its Rapid Creek Water Treatment plant in Mesa County.

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