Hydroelectric, O&M, Policy & Regulation, Pumped Storage Hydro, Renewables

Appalachian Power updates plans for hydroelectric facility

Appalachian Power’s has released the revised Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for the Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Virginia.

The 636-MW project is a pumped storage hydroelectric facility that utilizes an upper reservoir (Smith Mountain Lake) and a lower reservoir (Leesville Lake). Water stored in Smith Mountain Lake passes through turbine-generators to produce electricity

Updates include:

·         Revised parameters for vegetation removal and replacement;

·         Minimum water depths;

·         Creation of a Legacy Program; and

·         Provisions to enhance protection of resources.

As licensee and operator of the power generation project, Appalachian is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop and maintain a plan that regulates use of the shoreline and ensures protection and enhancement of the project’s resources at its two reservoirs. The latest SMP was approved by FERC earlier this year.

To read the updates in its entirety, click here.