Carver Falls P-11475

General information

Waterway  Poultney River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Run-of-river
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-11475
FERC project name Carver Falls
Permit issued 2/20/09
Permit expiration 1/27/39

Ownership and operation

Owner Central Vermont Pub Serv Corp
Owner type Investor-Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1922
Transmission or distribution system owner Green Mountain Power Corp

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 2
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 1.9 MW
Average annual net hydropower generation 6,862.4 MWH

The existing Carver Falls Project includes a 514-foot-long concrete and stone masonry dam that impounds a 10-acre reservoir. The powerhouse contains a 1.1 MW and 0.80 MW generating unit with a total installed capacity of 1.9 MW.

A Settlement Agreement accompanies the license which has five key provisions:

  1. Walleye Spawning- Central Vermont would provide a continuous flow to the bypassed reach of 50 cfs, or inflow, if less, from April 1 throughMay 15 of each year to protect walleye spawning inthe bypassed reach.
  2. Penstock Removal- To improve site aesthetics, Central Vermont would remove the site’s two abandoned,

    above-ground penstocks and concrete cradles. The stone cradles would remain

  3. Public Access- Central Vermont would provide improved parking and viewing accessopportunities for the general public at the falls
  4. Aesthetic Releases- Central Vermont would release a flow over the southern spillway of 2.5 inches,6 or inflow, if less, for aesthetic purposes onMemorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and every Sunday during the months of July and August. These flows would be released during daylight hours commencing at 9:00 a.m
  5. Carver Falls Advisory Council- The Settlement would establish a Carver Falls Advisory Council, chaired by the New York DEC, to represent various interests in the project.


Original License Application Filed 04-25-1994
Draft EA Issued 09-30-1996
Offer of Settlement Filed 12-12-1996
License Issued 02-25-2009

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