FERC extends permit for project of New England Hydropower

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 11 granted a December request from New England Hydropower Co. LLC for a two-year extension of its existing preliminary permit for the proposed Cochrane Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The original permit had been issued on Feb. 11, 2013, and expires on Feb. 10, 2016. The proposed project would be located at the existing Cochrane Dam on the Charles River near Needham and Dover, in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Section 5(b) of the Federal Power Act states that a preliminary permit term can be extended once for not more than two additional years if the commission finds that the permittee has carried out activities under the permit in good faith and with reasonable diligence. In its five progress reports filed under the old permit, New England Hydro indicated that it has assessed: the feasibility of the project, property rights, long-term financing and leasing approaches, andpotential environmental issues regarding water quality, fish restoration/passage, and cultural resource protection.

The Jan. 11 extension order constitutes final agency action. Any party may file a request for rehearing of this order within 30 days of the date of its issuance.

A project contact is: (339) 293-3157, carol@nehydropower.com, Carol Wasserman, Principal, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, New England Hydropower Co. LLC.

The Cochrane Dam Project is to be located on the Charles River near Needham and Dover in Norfolk County, Mass. It would consist of: an existing stone masonry spillway dam with concrete retaining walls; an existing impoundment; an existing head box and intake channel; a new sluice gate equipped with a trashrack; a new 50-foot-long, 13-foot-wide Archimedes screw generator unit with an installed capacity of 170 kW; a new powerhouse containing a new gearbox and electrical controls; an existing tailrace; and a new above ground 300-foot-long, 35-kV transmission line connecting the powerhouse to the NSTAR grid.

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