FERC certifies tax credits for Vermont’s 4-MW North Hartland

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certified renewable energy production tax credits for the 4-MW North Hartland hydroelectric project, on the Ottauquechee River in Windsor County, Vt.

North Hartland LLC, licensee for North Hartland (No. 2816), sought certification for efficiency improvements achieved from modifying a penstock and control system, and from other work involving interconnection equipment, and a turbine and generator cooling system.

FERC certified incremental generation totaling 1,116 megawatt-hours, an 11.65 percent increase in generation from improvements. The commission certified the project’s generation with improvements totals 10,693 MWh.

North Hartland LLC acquired project ownership in April 2005 after the facility’s previous owner, Vermont Electric Cooperative Inc., declared bankruptcy. North Hartland LLC completed plant repairs and efficiency improvements during 2005, and restarted the plant in November 2005.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires projects seeking production tax credits first to obtain FERC certification of average annual hydropower production attributable to efficiency improvements or additions of capacity placed in service after Aug. 8, 2005, and before Jan. 1, 2014. (HNN 2/24/09) The Internal Revenue Service determines eligibility and whether to grant the credits.

FERC has certified incremental generation for about three dozen hydro projects since August 2005. (HNN 12/30/08)

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