The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a brand new 50-year working license to Exelon Generation Company LLC’s 570.15-MW Conowingo Hydroelectric Project.
The undertaking is positioned on the Susquehanna River in Lancaster and York Counties, Pa., and Cecil and Harford Counties, Md. The powerhouse produces about 1,934,501 MWh of electrical energy yearly.
The authentic 50-year working license for the undertaking was issued in February 1926. A brand new license was issued in August 1980 and expired in August 2014. Exelon filed its utility for a brand new license in August 2012. Exelon has since operated the undertaking underneath an annual license. The new license is efficient March 1, 2021.
FERC says its order resolves a posh continuing that has been pending for nearly eight years and incorporates settlements involving Exelon, the Department of the Interior and the Maryland Department of the Environment. The license consists of circumstances to boost fish migration, defend bald eagles and different wildlife, improve 13 public recreation websites, handle sediment points and defend archaeological and historic websites.
Late final yr, Hydro Review reported that the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), on behalf of the State of Maryland, was transferring ahead with the primary portion of the Conowingo Dredging and Innovative and Beneficial Reuse Pilot Project. Scientific experiences verify that Conowingo Dam has reached full capability and may not forestall air pollution from getting into Chesapeake Bay. Governor Larry Hogan’s Administration’s technique consists of circumstances regarding the proposed relicensing of the dam; the pilot undertaking on useful reuse of dredged materials; and a multi-state Watershed Implementation Plan, particularly to mitigate the results of upstream discharges and the misplaced trapping capability of Conowingo Dam on Chesapeake Bay restoration.
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