Harrington Park, New Jersey (August 5, 2016) – On April 27, 2016, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) received a complete application from Brookfield White Pine Hydro LLC  for the Low Impact Certification of the North Gorham Project, FERC P-2519, located on the Presumpscot River, 19.5 miles from head-of-tide at Smilt Hill Project, in Maine.

Project Name North Gorham
Owner Brookfield White Pine Hydro, LLC
State Maine
Location Loacted on the Presumpscot River in Gorham, Standish, and Windham, Maine.
Installed Capacity 2.25 MW
Average Annual Generation 10,403 MWh
Facility Type Run-of-river
FERC No. 2519

Brookfield White Pine Hydro’s North Gorham Hydroelectric Project is a run-of-river hydroelectric generating facility located on the Presumpscot River in Gorham, Standish, and Windham, Maine with a gross nameplate generating capacity of 2.25 MW. The North Gorham Project commenced initial commercial operations in 1925.

The Project consists of a non-overflow wall, intake, deep sluice gate section, spillway, sluice gate, and a concrete abutment. The non-overflow masonry wall extends from the west shore about 600 ft 6 in. to the intake structure, and is constructed to elevation 225.5’. It is backed by earth fill. The deep sluice gate section is 47 feet long with the top at elevation 225.5’ with four submerged gates, 4 ft wide by 5 ft high. The sills of the gates are at elevation 200.4’. The concrete spillway section extends from the deep sluice gate section in a northeasterly direction for 25ft 6 in. and then an additional 231 ft in an easterly direction. Maximum height of the structure is approximately 24 feet. Crest of the spillway is at elevation 221.8’. A sluice section, measuring 15 ft 3 in. in width and containing a sluice measuring 3 ft 9 in. wide, with sill elevation at 217.9’, lies next to the east abutment. The sluice was recently sealed with concrete to elevation 221.8’. The east abutment, consisting of a cutoff wall 38 ft long, extends from the sluice to high ledge, elevation 225.5’.

The North Gorham Project generates clean, renewable electricity while providing recreational opportunities, fish passage measures, consistent water levels that enhance habitats for waterfowl, etc., and substantial support of the local community through stable property tax payments, reliable voltage support of the electrical distribution system, etc.

LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the North Gorham project continues to meet the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria.  Please review the program and criteria in LIHI’s revised Handbook and then review the Project’s 2015 application materials posted on the project page.  Comments that are directly tied to specific LIHI criteria (flows, water quality, fish passage, etc.) will be most helpful, but all comments will be considered.  Comments may be submitted to the Institute by e-mail at comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “North Gorham Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, PO Box 194, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640.  Comments must be received at the Institute on or before 5 pm Eastern time on October 7, 2016 to be considered.  All comments will be posted to the web site and the applicant will have an opportunity to respond.  Any response will also be posted.