Leesville P-2210

General information

Waterway  Roanoke River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Peaking
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-2210
FERC project name Smith Mountain
Other projects with this FERC number
Permit issued 12/10/09
Permit expiration 3/27/39

Ownership and operation

Owner Appalachian Power Co
Owner type Investor-Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1964
Transmission or distribution system owner Appalachian Power Co

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 2
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 40.0 MW
Average annual net hydropower generation 61,634.0 MWH

This 636 MW project consists of two-dams, two-reservoirs combination pumped storage and conventional hydroelectric projects. The project is located on the headwaters

of the Roanoke River in Bedford, Campbell, Franklin, and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia.

The 586 MW Smith Mountain development is a pumped storage project while the 50 MW Leesville development is a conventional hydropower project.

Water management (e.g., lake levels and instream flows)Erosion and sedimentation within Smith Mountain and Leesville lakesEffect on the Roanoke logperchLoss of littoral zone habitat in both lakesControlling invasive aquatic vegetationRecreational access needs, and Managing navigation aids and floating debris within the two lakes.



License Application filed 03-26-2008
FEIS Released 08-07-2009
License Issued 12-15-2009

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