Canton, Conn., seeks developer for 950-kW Upper Collinsville Dam hydro project

The town of Canton seeks proposals to redevelop the 700- to 950-kW Upper Collinsville Dam hydro project on the Farmington River at Collinsville, Conn. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled June 2, with proposals due July 7.

Canton previously requested proposals in 2014 from developers to redevelop both Upper Collinsville and possibly Lower Collinsville Dam totaling an estimated 2.376 MW. Canton holds a preliminary permit covering both sites as the 2.376-MW Canton project (No. 13273).

The Collins Co. generated hydropower at the plants from the early 1900s until closure in 1966. The sites subsequently were licensed by the Metropolitan District under FERC project No. 7048 in 1986, and Summit Hydro as the 373-kW Upper Collinsville (No. 10822) and 920-kW Lower Collinsville (No. 10823) projects in 2001. Because Summit did not start construction, FERC issued a notice of intent to terminate its licenses that became final in 2008.

In 2014, Congress approved legislation to allow reinstatement of the Summit licenses and transfer them to the town of Canton. John Katz, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s deputy associate general counsel, testified in 2013 that FERC did not oppose the bill. The bill, by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., would extend the construction start deadline for another two years and allow FERC to add new conditions to the licenses if necessary and would require FERC to supplement its environmental analysis to include any new environmental information.

Canton now seeks proposals for design-build-finance-operate development of Upper Collinsville by cooperating with the city to file a FERC application for reinstatement of the Upper Collinsville license and its transferal to Canton. The city said the reinstatement application might include the developer as co-licensee. The request for proposals does not include Lower Collinsville Dam.

Canton intends for the developer to bear all costs of project implementation and to recover its costs through electricity sales.

Canton’s request for proposals may be obtained from the town’s Internet site under A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference is scheduled at 1 p.m. June 2 in the conference room, Canton Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 4 Market St., Collinsville. A site visit will follow the conference. Questions may be submitted through June 26 by e-mail to Robert Skinner at

Proposals are due by 3 p.m. July 7. For information, contact Robert Skinner, Town of Canton, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, 4 Market St., P.O. Box 168, Collinsville, CT 06022-0168; E-mail:

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