Maine

Kezar Falls Project in Maine Seeks LIHI Certification

The operator of the Kezar Falls Hydroelectric Project (P-9340) has applied for low-impact certification of its 1MW project located on the Ossipee River at Kezar Falls, Maine before the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI).

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Northeastern utilities seek to import hydroelectricity from Canada

In a petition submitted last week, two utilities in New England have requested FERC to approve construction of a transmission tie line connecting New England with the Hydro-Québec system in Canada. The utilities- Northeast Utilities Service Company and NSTAR Electric Company have already singed a Memorandum of Agreement with Hydro Québec for the construction of the transmission line to be designed to transmit at least 1,200 MW.

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Tidal barrage projects to require conventional license

Through a letter issued to Tidewater Associates on November 3, FERC has determined that tidal barrage projects do not qualify for a hydrokinetic pilot license but will have to obtain a license as conventional hydropower. This type of technology requires construction of a dam, which is the reason for such a decision by FERC.A tidal barrage project involves building a barrage (dam) across a body of water such as a bay to retain water during tidal events.

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Bar Mills project in Maine licensed for 40 years

A 40-year license has been issued to FPL Energy to operate the Bar Mills hydroelectric project on the Saco River in York County, Maine.The license order for this 4 MW project was issued on August 28.Following the guidelines in the 2007 Settlement Agreement, the license requires installing upstream and downstream passage measure for American eel and other species including Atlantic salmon, American shad, alewife, and blueback herring.

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