New small hydro facility operating in New York

The 625-kW Mill Street small hydro facility is back online after significant site upgrades were completed, restoring a facility that had been inactive for 10 years.

The city of Auburn held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30 to celebrate the achievement.

Work to install the new turbine and other components began in March 2014. Before it ceased operating, the facility had a capacity of 410 kW.

The run-of-river facility, on the Owasco River, is designed to run when flows exceed 450 cubic feet per second. This generally occurs about 180 days per year, during the early spring to accommodate snowmelt and runoff and late fall when the lake is drawn down to provide storage capacity for the spring.

Mill Street cost $3.8 million to repower. Funding support came from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The city of Auburn also owns the 800-kW North Division Street Hydropower Plant, which has been operating since 1992, and has identified four sites for potential future development.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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