Mississippi River hydro projects in the works

Two energy developers have filed 19 pre-application documents with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposing 321 MW of hydro projects on locks and dams on the northern Mississippi River. The projects would be built from Hastings, Minn. to Cairo, Ill., according to Reuters.

Free Flow Partner Corp. (FFP) reportedly raised $5.7 million for nine potential lock-and-dam hydro projects while Hydro Green Energy LLC has reportedly raised $5.5 million in the past year for 10 potential projects.

More than 74 pre-application proposals have also been filed for hydrokinetic energy projects on the southern Mississippi, which call for underwater turbines to be secured with pilings attached to the river's floor, the article said.

Proposals also have been developed for conventional hydropower on rivers with locks and dams in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa, as well as in other parts of the country, the article said.

If all of the projects are built, they would roughly double the hydropower output of the nine states along the Mississippi, but it would only supply 6 percent of the region’s energy capacity, the article said.

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