U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he supports the city’s effort to appeal the decision of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that dismissed both the preliminary permit and licensing applications to construct a hydropower facility at Lock and Dam 20 in Quincy.
Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk , R-Ill., sent a letter to the chairman of FERC on Feb. 23 urging a quick appeal. John Wellinghoff said in a March 14 response that the city’s limited liability company Great River Hydropower had not submitted its request for a rehearing. The appeal was filed late last week.
Durbin contended, as the city did in its appeal, that its hydropower corporation, Mississippi River No. 21 Hydropower Co, and its limited liability company, Great River Hydropower LLC, are an arm of the city and not violating municipal privilege as the FERC order stated.