Duke Energy has received a new 30-year operating license for its Franklin Hydroelectric Project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
FERC approved Duke Energy proposals for a canoe portage around the dam, a boating access area, wood duck nesting boxes, protecting an endangered plant, and a long-term sediment management plan.
The Town of Franklin built the hydro project in 1925 and sold it to Nantahala Power & Light in 1933. Duke acquired the facility when it purchased NP&L from Alcoa in 1988. About half of the reservoir is in Franklin on the Little Tennessee River.