Belleville Project - Complete Application Received

September 26, 2022: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for Low Impact Certification of the Belleville Hydroelectric Project.  LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Project meets the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria, as revised in the 2nd Edition Handbook.  Please review the program and criteria in LIHI’s revised Handbook and then review the Project’s application materials below.

Comments that are directly tied to specific LIHI criteria (flows, water quality, fish passage, etc.) will be most helpful, but all comments will be considered.  Comments may be submitted to the Institute by e-mail at with “Belleville Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 1167 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 407, Arlington, MA 02476. Comments must be received on or before 5 pm Eastern time on November 25, 2022 to be considered.  All comments will be posted to the web site and the applicant will have an opportunity to respond.  Any response will also be posted.

Project Name Belleville
LIHI Certificate No.
LIHI Certificate Term
Owner American Municipal Power, Inc.
State Ohio/West Virginia
Location River mile 204 on the Ohio River, Meigs County, Ohio/Wood County, West Virginia
Installed Capacity 42 MW
Average Annual Generation 259,017 MWh
Facility Type Run of river
FERC No. P-6939 issued in 1989, expires 08/31/2039

The Belleville Hydroelectric Project is located adjacent to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or the Corps) Belleville Locks and Dam on the Ohio River at river mile (RM) 204 (as measured from its source in Pittsburg, PA), near Belleville, West Virginia. The Belleville Hydroelectric Facility began construction in late 1995 and reached full commercial operations in 1999. The structure is a submersed reinforced concrete powerhouse and gravity dam designed to abut the existing USACE concrete dam on the Ohio River. The Belleville Locks and Dam consists of a non-navigable, high-lift, gated dam, top length 1,206 ft., including a 189 ft. fixer weir with an open crest. There are two parallel navigation locks, the main lock 110 ft. by 1,200 ft. and the auxiliary lock 110 ft. by 600 ft. The hydropower plant includes:

  • A concrete powerhouse structure approximately 245 feet long and 140 feet wide, containing two horizontal shaft bulb-type Kaplan turbines with a total installed capacity of 42 MW;
  • An approach channel approximately 500 feet long with a wall on the river side;
  • An approximately 150-foot-long by 66-foot-wide tailrace channel that passes the
    downstream discharge of the turbines back to the river at a point approximately 307 feet below the Belleville Dam;
  • A single-circuit 138 kilovolt transmission line;
  • A landside closure structure;
  • Recreation facilities and other appurtenant facilities.