Duke Energy files with FERC for hydroelectric project

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Duke Energy filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) an application for a new license for the Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project in South Carolina.

The license would allow Duke Energy to continue operating Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee and their associated hydropower stations in the Upstate region of South Carolina.

The existing license expires in August 2016. The next license term will be for 30 to 50 years. Duke Energy's proposal is the result of more than four years of collaboration with government and community stakeholders

The project was originally licensed for 50 years in 1966 and included Keowee Hydro Station, Lake Keowee, Jocassee Pumped Storage Station and Lake Jocassee. Together these two hydro plants have a generating capacity of 868 MW.

FERC's relicensing process encourages people to recommend the balance they would like to see adopted in the new license, including water resource protection enhancements, public recreational amenities, land conservation, species protection and shoreline management.

Following an issuance by the FERC of a Notice of Acceptance and Ready for Environmental Analysis, future major milestones in the relicensing process include inter-agency reviews culminating in the issuance by the FERC of a final or draft Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement.

Duke Energy will also file a request for 401 Water Quality Certification from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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