Exelon seeks license extensions for hydropower plants

Exelon Generation on Sept. 5 said it submitted applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the operating licenses of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Station and Muddy Run Pumped Storage Facility. Exelon said it will work with FERC and other agencies to extend the operating license period between 30 to 50 years for each facility.

Conowingo is a hydroelectric power plant on the Susquehanna River in Darlington, Md. The plant’s 11 units can generate 572 MW at full power. It began operations in 1928.

Muddy Run is a pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant on the Susquehanna River in Drumore Township, Pa. The plant’s eight units can generate 1,070 MW. It began operations in 1966.

The federal operating license for Muddy Run expires on Aug. 31, 2014, and for Conowingo on Sept. 1, 2014.  Both facilities are operated by Exelon Power, a business unit of Exelon Generation. Exelon Generation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corp.

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