On April 1, 2015, FERC issued a new license for the 108.6 MW Yadkin-Pee Dee hydroelectric project in North Carolina....
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The Yadkin-Pee Dee River Hydroelectric Project is located in Montgomery, Stanly, and Anson Counties in Central North Carolina near the town of Rockingham. It is operated by Progress Energy.
The Yadkin-Pee Dee River is one of the largest in North Carolina. It is impounded by six dams. Four are located on the upper river above the Yadkin’s confluence with the Uwharrie River. These Dams are operated under one license by Alcoa Generating Inc., The Yadkin Hydroelectric Project (FERC P-2197). Below the confluence with Uwharrie River the Yadkin becomes the Pee Dee River.
On the lower stretch the two dams are operated by Progress Energy. The Progress Energy project consists of two reservoirs. The lower reservoir is formed by the Blewett Falls Dam and the upper reservoir is formed by the Tillery Dam. There is 19 miles of free flowing river between the two reservoirs. This is the only stretch of free flowing river on the Yadkin-Pee Dee within both Alcoa and Progress Energy’s hydroelectric projects. There is 150 miles of undammed river in North Carolina above the six dams and 190 miles below Blewett Falls in North and South Carolina.
Settlement Agreement available at http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp?fileID=11407671
|FWS and Progress Energy agree to Fish Passage on the Pee Dee||09-07-2007|
|Settlement Agreement Filed||07-30-2007|
|Fish Passage Plan Agreement Filed||02-05-2008|
|EIS Issued by FERC||04-18-2008|