FERC certifies incremental generation at New Hampshire project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental hydropower generation from efficiency improvements at the 15-MW J. Brodie Smith project in New Hampshire, making the project eligible for renewable energy production tax credits.

Licensee Public Service Co. of New Hampshire filed the request for certification based on efficiency improvements gained from replacing a turbine with a new, more efficient unit at the project (No. 2287). The new turbine went on line Nov. 27, 2006, on the Androscoggin River in Coos County, N.H.

FERC certified incremental generation of 8,697.83 MWh on March 22, based on its review of information provided by the licensee. It arrived at that number by subtracting the historical generation baseline of 105,991.37 MWh from 114,689.20 MWh, the figure for generation with improvements. FERC said the percentage of generation from improvements was 8.21 percent.

Earlier this year, FERC certified improvements at 512-MW Conowingo in Maryland and Pennsylvania, 742-MW Clark Fork in Idaho and Montana, and 2.4-MW Vergennes No. 9 in Vermont for renewable energy production tax credits. (HNN 3/8/07) It also has certified incremental hydropower generation for the 13.3-MW Forks of Butte project in Butte County, Calif. (HNN 1/26/07)

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 applies a tax credit to incremental production gains from efficiency improvements or capacity additions to existing hydroelectric facilities placed into service after Aug. 8, 2005, and before Jan. 1, 2009. The act requires FERC to certify historic average annual hydropower production and percentage of average annual hydropower production at a facility attributable to the efficiency improvements or additions to capacity.

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