Voith’s turbines improving fish passage at Holtwood hydroelectric project

Recent expansions to the Holtwood hydropower plant not only improved the 100-year old facility’s generating capacity, but also the environment and habitat for fish as well, equipment manufacture Voith Hydro said.

The US$440 million expansion project, completed this past December, includes a new powerhouse adjacent to the original one, expanding Holtwood’s capacity from about 108 MW to more than 230 MW.

The new powerhouse includes a pair of Voith-manufactured 62.5 MW turbine units and other equipment, which was designed to help improve both upstream and downstream fish passage along the Susquehanna River and its tributaries.

“Holtwood is a terrific example of how hydropower development can not only provide jobs and clean energy, but improve the environment and surrounding habitats at locks and dams that have existed for decades,” Voith Hydro President and CEO Kevin Frank said. “We are proud to have provided the fish-friendly turbine, generators and automation equipment for this historic expansion of an iconic hydroelectric facility.”

PPL Holtwood (NYSL: PPL) worked with local, state and federal stakeholders in upgrading the plant’s migratory fish system, which also included improvements to its fish lift system.

These efforts helped earn PPL Holtwood an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Water award from the National Hydropower Association in 2013.

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