Hydropower

Brookfield Power to Add 1 MW to Hydroelectric Plant

Brookfield Power is currently upgrading equipment at its Oswego Falls West hydroelectric generating station in Oswego County, New York, in order to generate an additional one megawatt (1 MW) of green energy. The company received an amendment to its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) operating license.

“We are removing the one existing non-operational turbine and installing two, new 500-kilowatt turbines and two generators,” said David Youlen, Brookfield Power’s Vice President of Operations. “This upgrade will increase the licensed project capacity to 7.36 megawatts from its current 6.76 megawatts, and will provide 3,875 megawatt-hours annually of incremental renewable, clean power.” The Oswego Falls West upgrade is part of Brookfield Power’s portfolio improvement plan (PIP). Pending approval from the FERC, the plan proposes modifications/upgrades at 10 projects in New York and Pennsylvania. The Oswego Falls site is the second Brookfield Power PIP project to be certified by the FERC for renewable production tax credits (PTCs), incentives implemented as part of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. “The federal incentives help justify the economics of placing additional units at existing plants and performing upgrades,” said Youlen.