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Appalachian Power gets OK on Va. hydro license

Thursday - 1/5/2012, 11:24am  ET

PULASKI, Va. - Federal regulators have granted Appalachian Power a 30-year license to continue operating a hydroelectric power operation on the New River in Pulaski County.

The utility says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the thumbs up in late 2011 for the 75-megawatt Claytor Hydroelectric Project. It is the third time Appalachian's license has been renewed since it began building the hydro project in 1931. It began operating the facility in 1943.

The commission's order requires the power company to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and recreational resources at the project. Appalachian said many of those recommendations have already been met with the participation of stakeholders, including local government and lake organizations.

Appalachian Power's parent, American Electric Power, owns and operates 17 hydroelectric facilities in five states.

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