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Lloyd Shoals FERC Relicensing and Study Plan Implementation

Lloyd Shoals FERC Relicensing and Study Plan Implementation

Georgia Power Company (Georgia Power) required support for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of the Lloyd Shoals Hydroelectric Project (Lloyd Shoals Project). The project consists of Lloyd Shoals Dam, 4,750-acre Lake Jackson, a powerhouse with a total installed capacity of 18 megawatts, voltage transformation, and appurtenant facilities. The current license expires December 31, 2023.

Kleinschmidt assisted Geosyntec Consultants in completing the first phase of pre-application activities for relicensing of the Lloyd Shoals Project, from completing the final Pre-Application Document (PAD) through formal study plan development. These activities followed FERC’s applicable Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) regulations. Kleinschmidt is currently contracted directly with Georgia Power to implement eight resource studies in 2019 and 2020. The studies include shoreline reconnaissance survey; sediment deposition and shoreline temporal change analysis; water quality monitoring in the tailrace; shoreline habitat survey; freshwater mollusk survey; habitat for primary sport fish species; downstream riverine habitat; fish entrainment and turbine-induced mortality; American Eel abundance and upstream movements; terrestrial, wetland, and riparian resources; Rare, Threatened, and Endangered (RTE) species; recreation and land use; and a cultural resources study.

Kleinschmidt’s applied understanding of the project-specific resource issues and knowledge of river basin information sources resulted in enhanced strategic decisions regarding environmental studies and allowed us to leverage existing information to reduce new data collection requirements. Our local project manager provides for quick responsive and availability of team resources. Kleinschmidt’s positive agency relationships have added technical credibility to study proposals and study results, enhancing Georgia Power’s ability to obtain reasonable agreements among key stakeholders.