Liberty Utilities is in the process of relicensing the Ozark Beach Hydroelectric Project (Project) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As part of the relicensing process, Liberty is proposing to increase the height of the Project’s Obermeyer gates by two feet. (From their current four feet to a new operational height of six feet.) These are the steel gates that sit atop the dam that in 2011 replaced the old flashboard system.
According to Liberty, this project has two main benefits:
1. Will help them provide additional clean, renewable energy by increasing head height at the dam sit.
2. Increase water depth which will benefit the many boating and recreational activities around the lake.
Liberty says while the gate modification will result in minor increases in the elevation and surface area of Lake Taneycomo the actual effect to existing shoreline will be minimal.
Liberty has put a public notice in the newspaper regarding this project and has sent letters to landowners. You can find the Notification of Relicense Application for Ozark Beach Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project 2221) on its website at https://central.libertyutilities.com/uploads/pdf/893d09bf-0a05-4a15-bc29-2036d169c6a4.pdf. Any additional questions should be directed to Liberty Utilities at 800-206-2300 or through its website, www.libertyutilities.com.