South Carolina

American Rivers Reaches Agreement in the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing

Coalition member American Rivers has reached a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and other stakeholders as part of the license renewal for the Catawba-Wateree project in North Carolina.

The agreement ends a five-year legal stalemate over the issuance of a state water quality permit needed for Duke’s new operating license for the Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project.

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FERC Terminates License for Project in South Carolina

FERC has terminated the license for the Whitney Mills hydroelectric project located on Lawsons Fork Creek, in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

The project ceased operation in July 2005 and in February 2014, the licensee for the project informed FERC of his intent to surrender the license for the project because the project was no longer economically viable to operate.

FERC’s dam safety officials have classified the dam as having “Low” hazard potential.

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South Carolina City Surrenders Hydropower Project

In an order issued on December 22, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the license surrender requested by City of Spartanburg, SC for its Clifton Mills No. 1 Hydroelectric Project located on the Pacolet River in Spartanburg County.

The City acquired the project from Clifton Power Corporation in 2010 with the intention of reviving the 800kW project. However, an assessment by the City revealed that the project would cost in excess of $8 million.

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Staff Recommend Licensing of Saluda Hydro Project In South Carolina

The FERC staff issued a draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) today for the 207.3 MW Saluda hydroelectric project on the Saluda River in Lexington, Richland, Newberry, and Saluda counties, South Carolina.

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