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