New Brookfield Power unit pursues 36 new U.S. hydro projects

Hydropower operator Brookfield Power is expanding into the development of new hydro projects in 15 states with the creation of a new affiliate, BPUS Generation Development LLC.

Brookfield Power’s previous emphasis in the United States has been on making incremental improvements at existing hydroelectric projects. (HNN 8/2/07) The new enterprise is pursuing development of at least 36 new hydro plants in the U.S. totaling more than 810 MW, including the 280-MW Mulqueeney Ranch Pumped-Storage project (No. 12807) in California.

Mulqueeney Ranch is the first of the group of new projects to obtain a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Still pending are applications filed by BPUS for 35 other projects ranging from 5 MW to 63 MW, and located in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. The projects are located on river systems that include the Allegheny, Mississippi, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers.

BPUS withdrew another application, for an 18-MW project on the Tombigbee River in Mississippi, leaving 36 projects either holding, or seeking, preliminary permits. FERC issued notices of the applications for 35 of the projects, calling for comments. The commission is in the process of reviewing one other application.

Many of the 36 projects would be developed at non-power dams operated by the Corps of Engineers.

Headquartered in Gatineau, Quebec, Brookfield Power includes the power generating and marketing operations of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. BPUS Generation Development LLC offices are in Liverpool, N.Y.

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