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Pennsylvania Rivers an ‘Untapped Resource’

Free Flow Power, a Boston Company, has targeted Western Pennsylvania’s rivers as an ‘untapped resource’, and is currently seeking approval to build 10 hydroelectric power stations on the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers.
Earlier this month the company submitted its first application, which seeks to build a power plant at Allegheny Lock and Dam No. 2. The company has said that once it completes environmental and engineering studies, it will submit final license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The process is lengthy and Free Flow does not expect to begin construction until 2017 or possibly 2018.
Once completed, the facilities will produce five to 40 megawatts of power with the goal of selling the power to utilities or commercial customers.
On a related subject, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., the parent company of Metropolitan Edison Co., completed its sale of 11 hydroelectric power stations, including some in Western Pennsylvania, to Harbor Hydro Holdings LLC for $395 million. More…