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Bennetts Bridge
Location: NY
Operator: Brookfield Power Corp
Configuration: 2 X 6.4 MW, 2 X 8 MW Francis
Operation: 1966-1970
T/G supplier: WSM, GE, WH
Quick facts: This plant was certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. It is part of the Salmon River complex about 20mi from the river mouth on Lake Ontario. The plant discharges into the Lighthoue Hill Reservoir. The plant dam was built in 1913/14 and a 3km pipe runs to the powerhouse. Sold by Niagara Mohawk to Orion Power Holdings in 2002 and ultimately acquired by Brookfield.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 9 Sep 2006

Cadyville
Location: NY
Owner: New York State Electric & Gas Corp
Configuration: 2 X 1.2 MW, 1 X 3.1 MW
Operation: 1921-1986
T/G supplier: AC
Quick facts: This is the second SHP in the Saranac River Hydro Project. The plant has a 50ft high, 237ft long gravity dam, a reservor, and a 1,554ft, 10ft diameter penstock to the powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola USA
Posted 1 May 2013

Fort Miller
Location: NY
Owner: Mercer Cos
Configuration: 2 X 2.5 MW pit
Operation: 1984
T/G supplier: Axel-Johnson, Brush
EPC: Albany Engineering Corp, J Kenneth Fraser & Associates, Laquidara Inc
Quick facts: In Feb 1983, Mercer was selected by the Fort Miller Pulp and Paper Co to partner on the joint development of this project on the Hudson River in Saratoga and Washington Counties. Fort Miller utilized many new technologies, including the first use of a pit turbine and the first use of a pre-cast labyrinth dam in the United States.

Photograph courtesy of Albany Engineering Corp
Posted 6 Apr 2008

Green Island
Location: NY
Owner: Green Island Power Authority
Configuration: 4 X 1.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1920
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Stone & Webster
Quick facts: Green Island is on the Hudson River in Albany County on federal land administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was built to supply electricity to Ford Motor's nearby factory producing radiators and springs. The Ford plant was Green Island’s largest employer until it was closed in 1988. The factory was demolished in 2004, but the dam and powerhouse have remained in operation. In 2000, Albany Engineering began renovations at the Green Island plant which is owned by one of only three government-affiliated power authorities in the state. The dam and power plant were sold by Ford to Niagara Mohawk, which in turn sold the plant to Orion Power. Albany Engineering oversees day-to-day operations.

Photograph courtesy of Albany Engineering Corp
Posted 6 Apr 2008

Kent Falls
Location: NY
Owner: New York State Electric & Gas Corp
Configuration: 2 X 3.2 MW, 1 X 6 MW
Operation: 1928-1985
T/G supplier: Axel Jonhson
Quick facts: This is the final SHP in the Saranac River Hydro Project. The plant has a 59ft high,172ft long gravity dam, a reservor, and a 2,688ft, 101t diameter penstock, a surge tank, and the powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola USA
Posted 1 May 2013

Lighthouse Hill
Location: NY
Operator: Brookfield Power Corp
Configuration: 2 X 3.75 MW Francis
Operation: 1930
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This plant was certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. It is part of the Salmon River complex about 20mi from the river mouth on Lake Ontario. Lighthouse Hill Reservoir is a 1,311m impoundment formed by a 116ft concrete gravity dam and a 99ft earthen dike. Construction of the dam in 1929 and was completed the following year. A third turbine bay is in the powerhouse. Sold by Niagara Mohawk to Orion Power Holdings in 2002 and ultimately acquired by Brookfield.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 9 Sep 2006

Little Falls
Location: NY
Operator: Brascan Power
Configuration: 2 X 6.5 MW S-turbine
Operation: 1986
T/G supplier: Dominion Bridge Sulzer, Siemens Allis
EPC: Morrison Knudsen, Cianbro
Quick facts: This project was owned by affiliates of Delta Power, CMS Generation, Burrows Paper Co, and multiple individual limited partners. Power is sold to Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. Delta Power acquired United American Energy's 18% interest along with a 33% interest in two related entities in Dec 2003. In Jan 2005, Delta Power sold its interest in the project to Burrows Paper.

Photograph courtesy of Delta Power LLC
Posted 2 Apr 2005

Marble Street
Location: NY
Operator: Watertown Water Dept
Configuration: 3 X 1.8-MW
Operation: 1924
T/G supplier: Westinghouse
Quick facts: Energy from this SHP on the Black River plant is used to power city buildings, and the rest is sold to National Grid for 17.59 cents/kWhr under a 1991 PPA running through 2029

Photograph courtesy of www.watertowndailytimes.com
Posted 26 Aug 2015

Niagara Project
Location: NY
Operator: New York Power Authority
Configuration: Moses 13 X 205 MW propeller (upgraded rating); Lewiston 12 X 25 MW FPT
Operation: 1958-1959 (RM), 1961-1962 (L)
T/G supplier: BLH, GE, AC, WH
EPC: Uhl, Hall & Rich, Merritt-Chapman and Scott, Arundel Corp, LE Dixon Co, Hunkin-Conkey Construction Co
Quick facts: The Niagara Power Project, located downstream from Niagara Falls, has two related generating facilities, the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and the Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant. At completion, it was the largest hydropower facility outside the Soviet Union and it remains the the biggest electricity producer in New York State. In 1991, a $300mn upgrade started at Robert Moses during which all turbines were replaced along with other improvements.

Photograph courtesy of New York Power Authority
Posted 30 Mar 2005

Potsdam West
Location: NY
Owner: Village of Potsdam
Configuration: 2 X 430 kW Kaplan
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: Canadian Hydro Components, Orengine
EPC: James E Sheehan Contracting Corp
Quick facts: This SHP was approved by FERC in Mar 2008 after some 15yrs of planning and development. It is sited at the village's West Dam on the Raquette River<. The project was considerably delayed by equipment fabrication and delivery issues, but finally completed in Mar 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Village of Potsdam
Posted 7 Jun 2014

Rainbow Falls-A
Location: NY
Owner: New York State Electric & Gas Corp
Configuration: 2 X 1.32 MW
Operation: 1926-1927
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: On the Ausable River. in Keesville. This SHP has a 19ft high, 435ft long concrete gravity dam.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola USA
Posted 4 May 2013

Rio
Location: NY
Owner: Eagle Creek Hydro Power LLC
Configuration: 2 X 5.5 MW
Operation: 1927
T/G supplier: SMS, WH
Quick facts: Three Mongaup small hydro projects were acquired from Mirant Corp by Alliance Energy in July 2007 and sold on to Clean Energy Partners in Feb 2011. Rio Reservoir is supplied by the Mongaup River and Black Brook.

Photograph courtesy of Alliance Energy LLC
Posted 18 Feb 2011

Scobey Hill
Location: NY
Operator: Village of Springville
Configuration: 2 X 250 kW (ret)
Operation: 1924-1925
T/G supplier: Leffel, GE
EPC: Stone & Webster, Chas T Main Inc
Quick facts: This SHP complex is located on the eastern bank of Cattaraugus Creek outside Springville. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Photograph courtesy of Village of Springville
Posted 4 Mar 2001

Station-2
Location: NY
Owner: Rochester Gas & Electric Corp
Configuration: 1 X 8.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: AC, Andritz
Quick facts: On the Genesee River, in Rochester. The 1960-vintage, single-unit plant was rebuilt and repowered witha new T/G set in 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola USA
Posted 4 May 2013

Station-5
Location: NY
Owner: Rochester Gas & Electric Corp
Configuration: 2 X 12.9 MW, 1 X 18 MW Francis
Operation: 1917-1927
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: On the Genesee River, in Rochester. In Dec 2012, RG&E complted a $111mn, 5y redvelopment of this power staion. In Aug 2007, the 2,000ft, horseshoe-shaped tunnel was drained for relining in August 2007 to reline it. Tetra Tech Inc. was awarded a $23mn contract for the tunnel work. All three T/G sets were also overhauled.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola USA
Posted 4 May 2013

Station-26
Location: NY
Owner: Rochester Gas & Electric Corp
Configuration: 1 X 3 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1952
T/G supplier: AC
Quick facts: On the Genesee River, in Rochester. This modified run-of-river project consists of the 25ft tall Court Street Dam barge canal dam, a 250ac reservoir, and the powerhouse.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola USA
Posted 4 May 2013

Upper Mechanicville
Location: NY
Owner: New York State Electric & Gas Corp
Configuration: 2 X 8.3 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1983
T/G supplier: AC
Quick facts: This project is on the Hudson River at Dam and Lock No C-3, formerly the site of the Westvaco Gate House in Stillwater. The site is about 20mi upstram from Albany. The plant cost $46mn.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola USA
Posted 1 May 2013

West Delaware
Location: NY
Operator: Brascan Power
Configuration: 1 X 7.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1988
T/G supplier: Voith, Electric Machinery
EPC: Morrison-Knudsem Seward Corp
Quick facts: This plant is on a 45mi water tunnel from the Delaware River to the Roundout Reservoir serving New York City. It was one of the first merchant hydro plants in the Northeast USA. Delta Power acquired the project from the original developer United American Energy in DSec 2003 and sold it to Brascan Power in Jan 2005. Power is sold into the New York wholesale market.

Photograph courtesy of Delta Power LLC
Posted 2 Apr 2005

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Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 26-Aug-2015

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