The Lake Lynn Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 2459) is located on the Cheat River, in Monongalia County, West Virginia near the City of Morgantown, and in Fayette County, Pennsylvania near the Borough of Point Marion, Pennsylvania. The Project currently operates under a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) that expires November 30, 2024. In accordance with FERC regulations, the Lake Lynn Generation, LLC (Lake Lynn), the Project Licensee, must file an application for new license for the Project on or before November 30, 2022.
Lake Lynn initiated the federal relicensing of the Project in August 2019 by filing a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) with FERC. The PAD summarizes the engineering, operational, socioeconomics, and environmental information pertaining to the Project that is reasonably available at the time the NOI is filed. The PAD supplies information to help identify and evaluate potential impacts to Project area resources resulting from continued Project operation.
FERC’s regulations provide hydropower licensees with process options for the relicensing of existing projects. Lake Lynn requested to use the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP) to relicense the Lake Lynn Project, which FERC approved. For relicenses the TLP requires applicants to complete and document a three-stage pre-filing consultation process as described in 18 CFR §16.8. The steps include:
- Applicant issues NOI, PAD, request to use TLP, and newspaper notice;
- Commission approves use of TLP;
- Applicant conducts joint meeting and site visit;
- Resource agencies and tribes provide written comments; and
- Agencies, tribes, or applicant request dispute resolution on studies with the Commission.
- Applicant completes reasonable and necessary studies;
- Applicant provides Draft License Application (DLA) and study results to resource agencies and tribes;
- Resource agencies, tribes, and Relicensing Participants comment on the DLA; and
- Applicant conducts meeting if substantive disagreements exist.
- Applicant files Final License Application (FLA) with Commission and sends copies to agencies and tribes.
Lake Lynn held the Joint Agency Meeting and Site Visit on December 12, 2019. The presentation slides from the meeting are available here.