FERC issues preliminary permit for Brandon Road project

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FERC issued a preliminary permit for a proposed 6.6MW project on the Des Plaines River in Illinois. From FERC's Order Issuing Preliminary Permit (for docket P-12717):

On July 19, 2006, Northern Illinois Hydropower Corporation (permittee) filed an application for a three-year preliminary permit under Section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) 1 to study the proposed Brandon Road Hydropower Project No. 12717. The project would be located on the Des Plaines River, in Will County, Illinois. The proposed project would utilize the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Brandon Road Lock and Dam and reservoir, and consist of: (1) a proposed powerhouse containing two generating units with a total generating capacity of 6.6 MW; (2) a proposed 1.5 mile-long, 34- kVA overhead transmission line; (3) a proposed switchyard; (4) a tailrace, and (5) appurtenant facilities. The project would have an estimated annual generation of approximately 55,166,000 kWh. The permittee plans to sell the generated energy.