High Falls P-2645

General information

Waterway  Beaver River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Reregulating
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-2645
FERC project name Beaver River
Other projects with this FERC number
Permit issued 7/28/96
Permit expiration 7/27/26

Ownership and operation

Owner Erie Boulevard Hydropower LP
Owner type Wholesale Power Marketer
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1925
Transmission or distribution system owner Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 3
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 6.0 mW
Average annual net hydropower generation 29,031.4 mWH

The project is located on the Beaver River in the Towns of Croghan and Watson in Lewis County and in the Town of Webb in Herkimer County, New York.

The project comprises eight developments spanning 18 miles. They are (in descending order) Moshier, Eagle, Soft Maple, Effley, Elmer, Taylorville, Belfort, and High Falls.

The Beaver River Project’s eight developments extend upstream from the High Falls Development at river mile (RM) 11 to the Moshier Development at RM 27.5.

The developments are operated in a coordinated manner as store-and-release facilities primarily to meet peak demand in the Niagara Mohawk system. Flows reaching the project are controlled by releases from the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District’s (Hudson-Black) Stillwater Reservoir Project No. 6743, located approximately five miles upstream of the most upstream Beaver River Project development, Moshier.

The project was constructed between 1903 and 1930. Four of the developments — Moshier, Eagle, Soft Maple, and Taylorville — have extensive bypassed reaches. These range from about 3,850 feet at Eagle to over 11,700 feet at Moshier.


DEA Issued 10-23-1995
Settlement Signed 05-08-1995
Settlement Amended 05-19-1995
Settlement Amended 05-19-1995
License Issued & Settlement Approved 08-02-1996

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