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The Raquette River project is located on the Raquette River in northern, New York.  Reliant Energy has submitted a consolidated application for certification of its Raquette River Hydroelectric Project which consists of 14 developments and four FERC Projects.

Project Name Raquette
LIHI Certificate Number 14
LIHI Certificate Effective and
Expiration Dates
July 9, 2009
July 9, 2014
Owner Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
State New York
Location Located on the Raquette River in northern New York.
Installed Capacity Total: 162.5 MW
Carry Falls: 0 MW (storage reservoir)
Upper Raquette: 102.4 MW
Middle Raquette: 45.9 MW
Lower Raquette: 13.7 MW
Average Annual Generation 807,390 MWh
Facility Type
FERC No. 2060, 2084, 2320, 2330
  1. The Carry Falls project consists of the following features: (1) an 826- foot-long dam consisting of:  (a) a 568-foot-long and 76-foot-high concrete gravity  spillway with a crest elevation of 1,386 feet U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) datum ; and (b) a 258-foot-long and 63-foot-high concrete gated non-overflow spillway with two 14.5-foot by 27-foot Taintor regulating gates, two 10-foot by 10-foot low-level sluice gates, and an intake structure with two 15-foot  by 15-foot openings for future power installation; (2) five earth dikes totaling 2,500 feet in length, with lengths varying from 320 feet to 1,015 feet, maximum heights varying from 12 feet to 31 feet, and each with a crest width of 12 feet at elevation 1,392 feet; (3) a 7-mile-long reservoir with a 3,000-acre surface area and a 104,463-acre-foot usable storage capacity at normal maximum  pool elevation 1,385 feet; and   The project has no  installed generating capacity.
  2. The Stark Falls development consists of: (1) a 35-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam with a concrete overflow section and a control gate section flanked by earth dikes; (2) six earth saddle dikes; (3) a 1.5-mile-long reservoir at normal pool elevation 1,355.0 feet; (4) an intake; (5) a penstock; and (6) a powerhouse  containing a 23,872-kW generating unit.  3. The Blake Falls development consists of:  (1) a 75-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam with a concrete overflow section; (2) an earth dike; (3) a 5.5-mile-long reservoir at normal pool  elevation 1,250.5 feet; (4) an intake; (5) a penstock; and (6) a  powerhouse containing a 13,913-kW generating unit.
  3. The Blake Falls development consists of:  (1) a 75-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam with a concrete overflow section; (2) an earth dike; (3) a 5.5-mile-long reservoir at normal pool  elevation 1,250.5 feet; (4) an intake; (5) a penstock; and (6) a  powerhouse containing a 13,913-kW generating unit.
  4. The Rainbow Falls development consists of: (1) a 75-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam with a concrete overflow section flanked by a 1,600-foot-long earth dike; (2) an earth saddle  dike; (3) a 3.5-mile-long reservoir at normal pool elevation 1,181.5 feet; (4) an intake; (5) a penstock; and (6)  a  powerhouse containing a 22,828-kW generating unit.
  5. The Five Falls development consists of: (1) a 50-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam with a concrete overflow section flanked at each end by an earth dike; (2) a 1.0-mile-long reservoir at normal pool elevation 1,077.0 feet; (3) an intake; (4) a 1,200-foot-long penstock; and (5) a powerhouse containing a 22,828-kW generating unit.
  6. The South Colton development consists of: (1) a 45-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam with a concrete overflow section and earth abutments; (2) a 1.5-mile-long reservoir at normal pool elevation 973.5 feet; (3) an intake; (4) a 1,300-foot-long penstock; and (5) a Raquette River Hydroelectric Project powerhouse containing an 18,948-kW generating unit.
  7. The Higley development consists of: (1) a 34-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam having with 3-foot-high wooden flashboards, two flood gates, a trashrack, and two waste gates; (2) a 742-acre reservoir at normal pool elevation 883.6 feet ; (3) a 160-foot-long, 50-foot-wide flume; (4) a powerhouse containing three generating units having with a total capacity of  4,480-kW; (5) a proposed intake structure, a proposed 13-foot-diameter, 225-foot-long steel pipeline, and a proposed powerhouse containing a 7,300-kW generating unit.
  8. The Colton development consists of:  (1) a 27-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam having with 2-foot-high flashboards, a log flume, a trash gate, and a gated spillway; (2) a 195-acre reservoir at normal pool elevation 837.0 feet ; (3) an intake  structure; (4) an 11,090-foot-long steel pipeline; (5) an 80-foot-high surge tank; (6) three penstocks; (7) a powerhouse containing three generating units with a total capacity of 29,520 kW.
  9. The Hannawa development consists of:  (1) a 38-foot-high stone and concrete dam having with 3.5-foot-high wooden flashboards, a log chute, a Taintor gate, and a sluice gate; (2) a 204-acre reservoir at normal pool elevation 552.0 feet ; (3) a headworks structure; (4) a 2,700-foot-long canal; (5) two penstocks; (6) a powerhouse containing two generating units having with a total capacity of 7,200 kW.
  10. The Sugar Island development consists of: (1) a 37-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam having with two Taintor gates; (2) a 29-acre reservoir at normal pool elevation 470.0 feet ; (3) an intake structure with trash racks and a headgate; (4) a 4,700-foot-long steel pipeline; (5) a 71-foot-high surge tank; (6) two penstocks; and (7) a powerhouse containing two generating units having with a total capacity of 4,800 kW.
  11. The Norwood development consists of: (1) a 23-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam having with 1-foot-high wooden flashboards; (2) a 350-acre reservoir at normal pool elevation 327.1 feet; (3) a gated concrete intake structure having trashracks and a log chute; (4) a powerhouse containing a 2,000-kW generating unit; and (5) a 3-mile-long transmission line.
  12. The East Norfolk development consists of: (1) a concrete gravity-type dam having with seven, 9-foot by 8-foot sluice gates; (2) a 135-acre reservoir at normal pool elevation 287.9 feet ; (3) a concrete intake structure; (4) a 1,408-foot-long flume; (5) a powerhouse containing a 3,500-kW generating unit; and (6) a 0.86-mile-long transmission line.
  13. The Norfolk development consists of: (1) a 20-foot-high concrete dam with 10-inch- high flashboards, headworks gates, and two, 9-foot by 9-foot sluice gates; (2) a 10-acre Raquette River Hydroelectric Project reservoir at normal pool elevation 254.9 feet ; (3) a 1,275-foot-long canal;(4) a 700-foot-long wood stave pipeline; (5) a 103-foot-long steel penstock; and (6) a powerhouse containing a 4,500-kW generating unit.
  14. The Raymondville development consists of:  (1) a 17-foot-high concrete gravity-type dam with 2-foot-high flashboards; (2) a 50-acre reservoir at normal pool elevation 211.6 feet; (3) a 447-foot-long concrete flume with trashracks, an ice chute, and gates; (4) a powerhouse containing a 2,000-kW generating unit; and (5) a 2.32-mile-long transmission line.

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Certification History

June 4, 2014: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute received a comment letter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the recertification of the Raquette River Project. The letter is available to read in full in the “Files” section below.

May 23, 2014: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute received a comment letter from John Omohundro regarding the recertification of the Raquette River Project. The letter is available to read in full in the “Files” section below.

May 12, 2014: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute received an application for a third term of certification of the Raquette River Project. The current certificate term is set to expire on July 9, 2014, but to allow time for public comment and internal review, the term has been extended to August 30, 2014.

Comments on the application are encouraged and may be sent by email to dhall@lowimpacthydro.org with the subject line “Raquette River Project Comments” or by mail to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, PO Box 194, Harrington Park, New Jersey, 07640. Comments must be received by July 1, 2014.

April 15, 2010: The Raquette River Project has been certified as low impact for a second five year term, effective July 9, 2009 and expiring July 9, 2014.

October 27, 2004: The Raquette River Project has been certified as low impact for a five year term, effective July 9, 2004 and expiring July 9, 2009.


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