Work begins on $12.3 million of New York project upgrades

Field work already is under way in New York on the first of four Lower Raquette River hydroelectric plants to be renovated in a $12.3 million upgrade program by Brookfield Power.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized the equipment upgrades in a December 2006 license amendment for the 18-MW Lower Raquette River project (No. 2330), adding a total of 3.4 MW of incremental capacity to the project’s four hydro developments, East Norfolk, Norfolk, Norwood, and Raymondville.

Field work to facilitate installation of new equipment has begun at East Norfolk and Norfolk. At East Norfolk, the company plans to replace a turbine with an upgraded unit and update digital governors by adding programming for turbine blade control. Brookfield also plans generator stator or rotor upgrades to match the increased output of the turbine.

Target in-service dates for East Norfolk and Norfolk are in May and June. Work is to begin his summer at Norwood and Raymondville, where upgrades are to be in service by mid-November. When completed, the improvements are expected to provide 24,912 megawatt-hours of incremental generation.

Six of the ten New York and Pennsylvania projects in Brookfield’s �portfolio improvement plan� have obtained license amendments. The company expects to add more than 33,000 MWh of incremental hydropower at the six projects by the end of 2007.

Although FERC has certified incremental hydropower generation for renewable energy production tax credits at several Brookfield projects, Brookfield has not yet applied for certification of Lower Raquette.

Brookfield recently completed more than $2.3 million in non-power facility upgrades and environmental enhancements at six hydro plants in Oswego County. (HNN 1/23/07)

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