New England Hydropower (NEHC) has been granted five preliminary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permits to pursue Archimedes hydro-screw generation projects. Following stringent site evaluations, NEHC determined that the projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are all viable small-scale, renewable generation facilities with peak generating capacity ranging from 30kW to nearly 300kW. The projects are in various stages of development and engineering evaluation.
“We are really pleased to be moving forward with the FERC permitting process as it is a clear demonstration of our company’s progress and maturity,” said Michael Kerr, CEO. “We are committed to developing the small-scale hydro market, and our team is demonstrating a thoroughness and process repeatability which will be the hallmark of our long-term success in this.”
The company has also applied for an additional permit and is partnering on other projects where owners already hold FERC permits. FERC preliminary permits enable holders to pursue the further evaluation and development of sites working with government agencies and interest groups, and landowners to achieve positive, environmentally responsible projects.