LIHI Certificate #164 – Feeder Dam Project, New York

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.

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 re-regulating 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.

Project Name Feeder Dam
LIHI Certificate No. 164
LIHI Certificate Term June 11, 2019 - June 10, 2027
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. P-2554 issued 2002, expires 2042

Certification History

October 14, 2019: The decision to certify the Feeder Dam project is final. No appeal requests were received during the appeals period that closed October 12, 2019. The project is LIHI #164 with a term from June 11, 2019 – June 10, 2027.

September 12, 2019: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Feeder Dam Hydroelectric Project.

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 with “Feeder Dam Hydroelectric 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 October 12, 2019.  The full application and reviewers report are available below.

If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the Certification term for the Project (pending LIHI #164) will be June 11, 2019 for a term of eight (8) years, which will expire on June 10, 2027.

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 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.