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Dresden Island


Northern Illinois Hydropower, LLC is filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a License Application for the proposed Dresden Island Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 12626). The Applicant proposes to construct a new powerhouse at the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Dresden Island Lock and Dam to accommodate a turbine generating system with an approximate maximum head of 17.5 ft.;the powerhouse would have a combined installed capacity of 10.5 MW and is projected to produce approximately 57,000 MWh of hydroelectric power annually.

The Applicant proposes to construct and operate the Project pursuant to the information provided in the Pre-Application Document noticed by FERC on August 21, 2008 and as contained within this application. The proposed project is located immediately downstream of the confluence of the Des Plaines and Kankakee River on the Illinois River near the town of Morris. The proposed Project is located 271.5 miles above its confluence with the Mississippi River, and approximately 15 miles southwest of Joliet, Illinois. The Illinois River lies within the upper Mississippi River Basin and is part of the Illinois Waterway.