FERC Issues New License for Hydropower Facility

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Erie Boulevard Hydropower L.P., a subsidiary of Brookfield Power, a 40-year license to operate its School Street facility.

Under the terms of the license, the majority of the improvements at the hydropower plant need to be completed within 18 months. Under the terms of the renewed license, Brookfield Power will increase power production capacity to 50 megawatts (MW) from 38.8 MW; preserve one of the last free-flowing stretches of the Mohawk River; ensure constant flow over Cohoes Falls and natural high flow rates in spring and fall; maintain stable river levels; and seek to make School Street one of only two hydropower facilities in the nation to install leading-edge, new fish-friendly turbine technology. “FERC’s relicensing of our School Street facility affirms the balance and sustainability of our plan,” said David Youlen, Brookfield Power Senior Vice President of U.S. Generation Development. “Our upgrades will protect the environment and fish, enhance recreational opportunities, restore flows at Cohoes Falls and maximize power generation.” The license application was developed in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies and other interested groups including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, New York Rivers United, New York State Conservation Council, New York Power Authority, Rensselaer City Conservation Alliance, City of Cohoes and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Fisheries.
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