Renewable Energy Resources

Lockhart Power owns and operates two run-of-river hydroelectric projects licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): the Lockhart Hydro Project on the Broad River and the Lower Pacolet Hydro Project on the Pacolet River. Lockhart Power built the Lockhart Hydro Plant in 1920 and has owned and operated it ever since. In 2007, Lockhart Power bought and upgraded the Lower Pacolet Hydro Project, which is located on the site of a previously demolished textile mill. 

Lockhart Power also manages and operates a third FERC-licensed run-of-river hydroelectric project, the Columbia Canal Hydro Project on the Broad River, on behalf of the City of Columbia, S.C.  The city acquired the project from South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) in 2002, and in 2011 selected Lockhart Power Company to rehabilitate, operate, maintain and manage the project under a 25-year agreement. 

In addition to these hydroelectric projects, Lockhart Power owns and operates the Wellford Renewable Energy (WREN) Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project located in Wellford, S.C. Lockhart Power constructed the WREN facility in 2011, utilizing the methane output of the Wellford Landfill to produce power. Lockhart Power also operates and maintains the gas collection and treatment systems for the landfill owner, Spartanburg County, as well as a six-mile pipeline feeding additional gas to an industrial plant.

Several of Lockhart Power’s renewable energy generation projects are registered with the North Carolina Public Utilities Commission to be able to sell Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) through the North Carolina Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

Lockhart Power Company continues to expand its portfolio of renewable energy projects, expecting two additional hydroelectric projects, the Lockhart Minimum Flow Unit and the Upper Pacolet Project, to be completed by early 2013.  Additional cost-effective renewable energy opportunities are being actively pursued.

For more information about hydroelectric power, visit the following sites:

U.S. Energy Information Administration Hydropower Basics
Tennessee Valley Authority Hydroelectric Power Information
National Hydropower Association Conventional Hydropower Information