June 12, 2019: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for Low Impact Certification of the Feeder Dam Hydroelectric Project.  LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Project meets the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria, as revised in the 2nd Edition Handbook.  Please review the program and criteria in LIHI’s revised Handbook and then review the Project’s application materials below.

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 “Feeder Dam Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 6, Lexington, MA 02420.  Comments must be received on or before 5 pm Eastern time on August 11, 2019 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.

Project Description:

The Feeder Dam Hydroelectric Project is on the Hudson River in Saratoga and Warren Counties, New York.  There are several other hydroelectric projects upstream and downstream of Feeder Dam. The Project was constructed in 1828 and modified for hydroelectric generation in 1924 and is owned by Erie Boulevard Hydropower, LLC (Brookfield Renewable Energy Group).  The Project was most recently relicensed by FERC on September 25, 2002.

Project Name Feeder Dam
Owner Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
State New York
Location River Mile 203 on the Hudson River
Installed Capacity 6 MW
Average Annual Generation 25,173 MWh
Facility Type Pulsing
FERC No. 2554

The Project consists of the Feeder dam which is 21 feet high and 615 feet long, with a 3-foot-high pneumatic flashboard system.  The dam impounds a 71-acre reservoir that extends approximately 5.5 miles upstream. There is no bypassed reach. The powerhouse contains five vertical propeller generating units with a total installed capacity of 6 MW.

The Project operates in a pulsing mode as a reregulating project with seasonal fluctuations, and a 2.0‐foot impoundment fluctuation limit while river flows are within the operating range of the turbines. The impoundment fluctuation limit is reduced to 1‐foot from April 1 to June 15. A minimum average daily flow of 1,760 cfs below Feeder Dam with an instantaneous base flow of requirement of 1,500 cfs.