Company proposes to retrofit Barren River Dam with hydroelectric facility

   An Oregon-based company, Symbiotics LLC, wants to retrofit the Barren River Dam with a hdyroelectric facility to create enough power to accomodate about 1,600 homes.
   Symbiotics LLC is a subsidiary of Riverbank Power, a developer, constructor and operator of  hydroelectric generating facilities in North America.
   According to the Riverbank Power website, the Barren River Project would have a capacity of about 6.8 megawatts of electricity using flows released from Barren River Lake through the Barren River Dam. Annually, the project is expected to create about 24 million killowatts of electricity.
   Symbiotics retrofits existing dams that do not have hydroelectric facilities.
   Company officials said that the proposed project would be “run-of-river style,” which means that the hydroelectric facility would not interfere or dictate the flow through the dam. The flow, as regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, would dictate how much electricity is generated by the facility. 
     The power would be used primarily during high demand periods.
     The company has filed preliminary permits with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
   The earliest the hydroelectric facility would be creating electricity  is 2015.


  1. John Gibbons says:

    What is the status of this project

    • Clay says:

      I really don’t know.
      I will have to check with Carlos Lopez with the Corps and find out.
      I will let you know when he gets back to me.

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