Spanish Energy Company Considering Kentucky Site for Hydropower Project

Feb 8, 2016

A Spanish energy company is considering a site in Kentucky for a hydroelectric power project. Energy Resources USA has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study a site in Warren County as a possible location for a hydropower plant. 

A lock and dam on the Green River in Kentucky
Credit The Nature Conservancy

The location of the project would be at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Green River Lock and Dam No. 5. The application is for a preliminary permit.

“The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if it’s issued, is to grant the holder of the permit priority over the site that they’re studying,” said Celeste Miller, a spokeswoman for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “It does not authorize any type of construction or operation of a project. It solely gives them priority over the site so they can do feasibility studies to determine if they want to develop a project.”

Kentucky is one of several locations being considered by Energy Resources USA. The company has already been issued two preliminary permits for sites on the Mississippi River. One is in Wisconsin and one is in Missouri. Energy Resources USA also has eight additional pending applications in Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio.