Turners Falls Canal
|Current status||Active |
|Type of facility||Conventional Hydro|
|Mode of hydropower generation||Run-of-river|
|Type of permit||FERC License|
|FERC docket #||P-1889|
|FERC project name||Turners Falls|
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Ownership and operation
|Owner||FirstLight Power Resources Services LLC|
|Owner type||Wholesale Power Marketer|
|Year first online (conventional hydro)||1905|
|Transmission or distribution system owner||Western Massachusetts Electric Company|
Power and generating capacity
|Number of units||5|
|Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant||5.7 MW|
|Average annual net hydropower generation||19,113.5 MWH|
A partial settlement agreement was signed on March 31, 2023 that provides important fish and wildlife protections at the Turners Falls (p-1889) and Northfield Mountain (p-2485) projects, including improved fish passage, more naturalized flow, improved habitat, and two mitigation funds. Signatories included HRC members Appalachian Mountain Club, American Whitewater, and New England FLOW, as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Crab Apple Whitewater, Zoar Outdoor, and licensee First Light Power. Read the press release from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Read the agreement here.
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