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Title: Blackstone Hydropower


1
3rd Annual River Users Conference Blackstone
Valley Tourism Council
  • Blackstone Hydropower
  • Status Report

Tricia Jedele, Conservation Law Foundation Bruce
DiGennaro, The Essex Partnership
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Blackstone Hydro Goals Objectives
  • Provide cost effective, environmentally
    sustainable, local renewable energy
  • Protect enhance environmental resources
  • Advance Watershed Restoration Goals
  • Fish passage protection
  • Water Quality Instream Flows
  • Maintain enhance public access
  • Protect enhance cultural/historic resources

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Status Overview
  • Phase I Completed (Dec. 2010)
  • Preliminary Permit Applications Filed (Spring
    2011)
  • Manville (P-13944) - Valley Affordable Housing
  • Ashton (P-14213) Ashton Hydro LLC
  • Albion (P-14212) Albion Hydro LLC
  • Elizabeth Webbing (P-14211) - RIDEM
  • Phase II Investigation Initiated (Summer 2011)

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Phase I Summary of Results
Site Capacity (MW) Annual Energy (MWH) Dev. Costs IRR () 20-yr NPV
Elizabeth Webbing 0.70 4,360 1.8M 51 8,117,000
Ashton 0.83 3,023 6.3M 9 2,563,000
Albion 1.1 3,974 6.3M 13 4,680,000
Manville 1.4 4,976 6.2M 17 6,948,000
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Phase I Summary of Results (contd)
Portfolio Capacity (MW) Annual Energy (MWH) Dev. Costs 20-yr NPV Avg. Annual Revenues
Ashton, Albion Manville 3.3 11,973 18.9M 9.9M 725,000
Albion, Manville Webbing 3.2 13,310 14.3M 12.7M 925,000
Ashton, Albion, Manville Webbing 4.0 16,333 20.7M 14M 1,000,000
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Next Steps (Phase II Beyond)
  • Finalize/Formalize Collaborative Structure
    (on-going)
  • Initiate Formal Public Outreach and Regulatory
    Proceedings (Winter 2011-12)
  • Environmental Assessment / Scoping / Studies
    (2012-13)
  • Engineering Optimization (2013)
  • Detailed Project Configurations Operational
    Protocols (2013)

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Environmental Considerations
  • Instream Flows / Water Quality
  • Fish Passage Protection
  • Wetlands Floodplains
  • Shoreline Erosion Mgt.
  • RTE spp. Wildlife
  • Cultural, Historic Aesthetic Resources
  • Recreational Resources

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Regulatory Requirements
  • FERC License or Exemption
  • 2-3 year process - extensive consultations NEPA
  • State Approvals
  • S. 404 Waterways
  • S. 401 Water Quality Cert.
  • Wetlands Protection Act
  • Other
  • Electrical Interconnection Agreement
  • LIHI DPUC (for RECs)
  • Local Building Zoning

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Three Stage Consultation Process
  • Diverse Stakeholder Consultation Requirements
  • Environmental, Social, Economic Power
  • Dam Safety
  • Clean Water Act (s. 401 s. 404)
  • Typically 3 yr process (pre-construction)
  • Consultations
  • Studies
  • Protection, Mitigation Enhancement

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FERC / RI Hydropower MOU
  • Partners working with RI EDC to develop a MOU
    with FERC to streamline FERC process
  • Conceptually the MOU will
  • Create state-level screening program to ID low
    impact hydro opportunities (RI Hydro)
  • Establish standards for environmental protection
    performance
  • Simplify and streamline FERC review process for
    eligible projects

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Schedule
  • Complete Phase II Studies Winter 2012

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Thank-you QA
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