Meeting on turbines set for Vicksburg

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Developers say federal approval for a pair of power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River near Vicksburg will take a bit longer than expected due to ongoing study.

Free Flow Power Corp., based in Gloucester, Mass., has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for licenses to place the large propellers at 23 sites in Mississippi River between Kentucky and Louisiana.

Jon Guidroz, director of project development, tells the Vicksburg Post that potential environmental impact and a progress report on the firm's application is the subject of meetings over three days, starting Wednesday in Memphis. A second is Thursday at Vicksburg Convention Center. A third is Friday in New Orleans.

Each turbine would produce about 40 kilowatts of power, or about the same as a gasoline or diesel-powered home generator.

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