LIHI Certificate #120 – Gregg’s Falls Hydroelectric Project, New Hampshire
The Gregg’s Falls facility is located on the Piscataquog River near the town of Goffstown, New Hampshire. The site was historically used for the generation of electrical energy and was decommissioned in the 1970’s. A major refurbishment was undertaken in 1985, which included the installation of two new turbines and generators and the replacement of all electrical and control equipment. The installed capacity of the facility is 3,480 kilowatts.
On July 21, 1983 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an exemption for the hydroelectric facility at the site of the existing Gregg’s Falls Dam. FERC amended the Exemption on December 1, 1998. On June 29, 2013, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC acquired 100% of the Gregg’s Falls project from Algonquin Power Co.’s subsidiary, Gregg’s Falls Hydroelectric Associates Limited Partnership.
The facility has a concrete dam that has a height of approximately 60 feet and a span of 1,360 feet. The generating station has approximately 53 feet of head. The site draws flow from a headpond of approximately 136 acres which is part of the Glen Lake recreational waterway. The site has a drainage area of approximately 193.1 square miles. The annual drawdown of the upstream lake provides a boost to energy generation at this site during the fall season.
|Project Name||Gregg's Falls|
|LIHI Certificate No.||120|
|LIHI Certificate Term||January 26, 2020 - January 25, 2028|
|Owner||Gregg's Falls Hydroelectric Associates Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC|
|Location||Located at River Mile 30 (of 37) on the Piscataquog River in New Hampshire.|
|Installed Capacity||3.479 MW|
|Average Annual Generation||10,542 MWh|
|FERC No.||P-3180 exempt 1983|
The powerhouse is integrated into the base of the concrete gravity dam. It is a reinforced concrete structure measuring approximately 98.4 feet wide by 44.3 feet long. The powerhouse has a crane for servicing the generating equipment. The interconnection point with PSNH grid distribution system is located approximately 98.5 feet from the powerhouse.
The Gregg’s Falls hydroelectric facility consists of: (1) an existing earthfill and concrete gravity dam 1,360 feet long and 60 feet high; (2) a reservoir (Glenn Lake) with a storage capacity of 3,650 acre-feet; (3) existing intake structures; (4) new fish passage facilities; (5) an existing concrete penstock 31.75 feet long and 10 feet by 17.5 feet oblong shape, transitioning to a 7.5 feet diameter circular shape; (6) an existing powerhouse containing 2 turbines and 2 new generators with an installed capacity of 3,479 kW; (7) a switchyard; and (8) a new 100-foot-long transmission line. The concrete spillway crest elevation remains unchanged at 271.1 feet NGVD, and is topped by 1.5-foot-high flashboards which raise the normal maximum surface elevation to 272.6 feet NGVD and increase the reservoir’s storage capacity to approximately 3,650 acre-feet.
April 17, 2020: The decision to recertify the Gregg’s Falls Project became final after the close of the appeals period on April 16, 2020 with no appeals filed. The Certification term is from January 26, 2020 – January 25, 2028.
March 17, 2020: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has preliminarily approved the Gregg’s Falls Project (LIHI #120) for a new 8-year term of Low Impact Certification. The Certificate includes the following condition:
- Condition 1: If the Facility owner receives notification from FWS or NHFG during the term of LIHI Certification that upstream or downstream passage is required, the owner shall inform LIHI within 90 days of the notification and provide updates on the status of agency consultation, any studies conducted, design plans, and a schedule of implementation in annual compliance submittals.
This decision is preliminary pending the 30-day appeal window. Only those who commented on the initial application during the 60-day comment period are eligible to file an appeal. Such appeal needs to include an explanation as to how the Project does not meet the LIHI criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to email@example.com with “Gregg’s Falls Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 6, Lexington, MA 02420.
All requests will be posted to the website. The applicant will have an opportunity to respond and any response will also be posted. Requests must be received by 5 pm Eastern time on April 16, 2020. The full application and reviewer’s report are available below.
If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the Certification term for the Project will be January 26, 2020 through January 25, 2028.
January 3, 2020: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for Low Impact Recertification of the Gregg’s Falls 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Gregg’s Falls 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 March 3, 2020 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.
June 24, 2015 – Executive Director Michael J. Sale, using authority delegated from the LIHI Governing Board and a full review of the Application Reviewer’s report and all public comments and additional materials provided by the Applicant, has determined that the Gregg’s Falls Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-3180) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. The effective certification date for the Gregg’s Falls Project is January 26, 2015 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on January 26, 2020, with the following conditions:
- Condition satisfied in 2017. Condition 1. To confirm compliance with possible new flow requirements, the Facility Owner shall provide LIHI with documentation of the USFWS’s required flow regime for the Project, the final schedule for implementing the Operations and Flow Monitoring Plan, and approval from USFWS and NHF&GD of this Plan. These shall be provided within 30 days of each item’s completion. In its annual compliance report, the Facility Owner shall provide a statement of compliance with the Operations and Flow Monitoring Plan and an explanation of any deviations from the Plan requirements.
- Condition satisfied in 2017. Condition 2. To confirm that the project waters are meeting all numerical state standards for water quality, additional sampling for all parameters, including but not limited to DO, chlorophyll and pH as outlined in a sampling plan to be developed by NHDES, shall be conducted in 2015. The sampling plan, results of these studies and an analysis by NHDES regarding compliance with state standards shall be provided to LIHI within 30 days of completion of NHDES’s determination. All additional water quality sampling required by NHDES shall be completed by December 31, 2015.
- Condition satisfied in 2016. Condition 3. To confirm compliance with the MOA regarding fish passage, the Facility Owner shall provide LIHI with copies of any notification that they receive from state or federal resource agencies that require construction of the downstream passage and protection facilities for river herring and American eel. LIHI shall be notified of any such fish passage requirements within 30 days of receipt of that notification. Further, the Facility Owner shall keep LIHI informed on the status of activities conducted to meet these requirements within the designated timeframe, including any interim deadlines (e.g., approval of construction plans, effectiveness testing completion, etc.) in their annual compliance report to LIHI.
January 26, 2015 – The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) received an application from Eagle Creek Renewables for Low Impact Certification of the Gregg’s Falls Hydroelectric Project, FERC P-3180, located on the Piscataquog River, in the state of New Hampshire.
- Gregg’s Falls Reviewer’s Report 2015
- Gregg’s Falls LIHI Questionnaire
- Gregg’s Falls LIHI Application Project Description and other Appendices
- Appendix F-2_Greggs Falls NH DHR No Impact ltr
- Gregg’s Falls site map
- Gregg’s Falls Project location map
- Gregg’s Falls Location of Other Dams
- Gregg’s Falls Upstream and Downstream Dams Image
- Eagle Creek – USFWS Greggs Falls MOA
- MOA – Appendix A
- Gregg’s Falls Exhibit G – Powerhouse plans section and elevation
- Gregg’s Falls FERC Exemption (July 21, 1983)
- Gregg’s Falls FERC Amended Exemption (Dec 1 1998)
- Gregg’s Falls Change of Ownership Notification
- Gregg’s Falls Min Flow Compliance letters (2008-2012)
- NH Fish and Game Approval 20140827