Massachusetts

Massachusetts to Provide Funding to Upgrade its Hydropower Facilities

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced a grant funding opportunity to help upgrade existing hydropower facilities and eventually obtain either a certification by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) or qualify for Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.

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More Hydropower Projects Seek LIHI Certification

The last day of 2009 saw seven hydropower projects filing their application for certification with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. In 2009 alone, the Institute issued certifications for nine projects throughout the country. So far, there are 46 LIHI certified projects in 24 states.

Of the seven newest projects seeking LIHI certification, five are owned by PacifiCorp. The seven projects are:

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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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St. Lawrence Hydro Will Receive Production Tax Credits

St Lawrence Hydroelectric project located on the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA will now receive tax credits for electricity generation because of its recent efficiency upgrades.In its application filed on Sep 29, Essex Company, the operator of the project stated that the existing wooden flashboards on the crest of the project's dam would be replaced with a modem inflatable crest gate system thereby increasing efficiency of the system and generating more electricity.

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