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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Appalachian Power Company-Niagara Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2466)

Aerial Photo of Niagara Dam Recreation Areas

Recreation Survey Questionnaire

Appalachian Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP) is conducting a survey about the use of recreation facilities at the Niagara Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 2466), located on the Roanoke River in Roanoke County, Virginia. This information is being collected to support the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process.

There is one FERC-approved recreation facility, the canoe portage trail, associated with the Project, owned and operated by AEP. There are three non-project recreation facilities that are of interest to Project stakeholders, the Tinker Creek Canoe Launch, Roanoke River Trail, and the Rutrough Road Canoe/Kayak Ramp.

As part of its Recreation Study being implemented for the re-licensing of the Niagara Project, Appalachian Power Company wants your input regarding its recreational resources. Please take a few minutes and let them have the benefit of your opinion:

Appalachian Power Company (Appalachian or Licensee), a unit of AEP, is the Licensee, owner, and operator of the run-of-river, 2.4-megawatt (MW) Niagara Hydroelectric Project (Project) (Project No. 2466), located at approximate river mile 355 on the Roanoke River, approximately six miles southeast of the City of Roanoke, in Roanoke County, Virginia. The reservoir formed by the Project is approximately two miles long and converges with Tinker Creek. The Project was constructed in 1906 and was operated by the Roanoke Railroad and Electric Company until Appalachian took ownership of the Project in 1924.

The licensed Project works consist of: 1) a 52-foot-high, 452-foot-long concrete dam creating a 62-acre reservoir; 2) an 11-foot-diameter, 500-foot-long, corrugated metal pipe penstock with associated entrance and discharge structures; 3) a 92-foot-long by 58-foot-wide by 42-foot-high concrete powerhouse on the north end of the dam containing two generating units with a total installed capacity of 2.4 MW; 4) transmission facilities consisting of the 2.4-kilovolt (kV) generator leads and a 3-phase, 2.4/12-kV, 2500-kilovolt ampere (kVA) step-up transformer; and 5) appurtenant facilities.

The current operating license for the Project expires on February 29, 2024. In accordance with the Commission’s regulations, Appalachian must file its application with FERC no later than 24 months before the existing license expires, which for the Niagara Project is February 28, 2022.

More Information about the Niagara Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2466) here:

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