FERC Releases FEIS for Holtwood Project

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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 195.5 MW. In its application filed last year, PPL Holtwood also requested for a 16-year extension in the license term to September 2030.In the FEIS released last week, FERC staff has recommended that the project be licensed with certain modifications to PPL Holtwood's proposal. Such modifications include:

  • Operating the project fish lifts for upstream passage of resident species from September 1 to October 15 for 5 years
  • Including specific provisions for mitigation of construction effects on fish passage efficiency of
  • Developing and implementing a recreational use monitoring plan
  • Adding provisions to the land and shoreline management plan

The FEIS estimates that the licensing of the project would produce an annual benefit of $9 million.The Holtwood project located in the Lancaster and York counties in Pennsylvania is one of five hydroelectric sites on the lower Susquehanna RiverĀ