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The history and landscape of our rivers can be preserved and we will help to support that mission.
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Small-Scale, Renewable Hydropower

  • NEHC is in the hydroelectric business—using modern Archimedes hydro-screws.
  • We evaluate, permit, engineer and build.
  • We operate and manage. More often than not, we own the operation and sell power.
  • We collaborate with cities and towns, private owners, river advocates, sports men and women, permitting authorities, and governments.
  • We believe in local, sustainable, stable power generation.
  • Fish and streambeds, and other wildlife are protectable, and we will preserve and protect them.
  • The history and landscape of our rivers can be preserved and we will help to support that mission.

There is no one energy answer

After generations of burning carbon-based resources, the world is looking to many alternative technologies and additional existing resources to alter that course. It is understood that the energy future will not be a case of "all our eggs in one basket", but a broad array of renewable fuels bolstered by massive conservation efforts to provide our energy.

Renewable rain and snow

NEHC's fuel is renewable rain and snow—historically predictable and quantifiable year over year. In looking at the landscape, we saw that thousands of small dams manage and store water as fuel. They have helped to power New England and other rainy states across America for generations, providing power for industry, containment for reservoirs, safety for towns and support for transportation and irrigation systems. Over 50% of dams in New England are situated next to mills, many still productive.

Based on a 2,000-year old idea

To take advantage of this for modern renewable power, we needed a "machine", and it had to be fish friendly and environmentally sensitive. In the Archimedes hydro-screw, we found a solution. Based on a 2,000-year old idea, modern hydro-screws have pumped water up for a century keeping lowlands dry. For the past ten years, since adding generation equipment to them and allowing water to run down through them in "reverse" in river settings, they have made clean, renewable power in the UK and Europe where they are often considered the small-scale hydropower standard.  

NEHC is bringing Archimedes screw generators to North America with a partnership of engineers and manufacturers who have an established and distinguished track record.

Built on 2 Ideas,
Natural and Historical

1.
We use the natural flow of 
water as fuel
2.
Dams were sited very intelligently 
by our forefathers

Natural flow

New England Hydropower uses the natural flow of water as fuel

  • New England has rain and snow—nearly 50 inches of precipitation each year, and other regions have significant precipitation and strong waterways as well
  • We don’t take water out of the waterways.  What goes into the screw generator at the top comes out at the bottom, without changing the over all flow of waterways. And, because hydro-screws rotate slowly, they create little turbulence at the exit of the system.
  • We know which waterways work for us and which will not. Flows are generally predictable. The records for waterways go back in history and the gauging of flow is accurate. We study sites, we engineer our systems to optimize each site so that we can predict the value of the energy.
  • Historical: there are mills and dams together, and there are dams alone—thousands in the region, tens of thousand across the United States

Historical significance

There are mills and dams together, and there are dams alone—thousands in the region, tens of thousands across the United States

  • Dams were sited very intelligently by our forefathers. They could read rivers remarkably well.  For us, that is a gift.  They underestimated the effects of dams on wildlife and fish, but they created a nation using their knowledge.
  • Many dams remain valuable assets, protecting towns, providing water and wetlands. Now with the need for clean, renewable power in our inventory, they can again become a source for energy. NEHC understands that there is a balance between developing power sources and improving and rebuilding habitats for fish and wild life. Each site has unique characteristics, hazards, risks and potential.
  • Working with communities and regulators, we will find that balance. We even understand that some dams should be breached, but not without smart thinking and looking at alternatives and enhancements such as fish passageways.

"We founded this company to restore useful work to the dam sites and waterways that built New England and the nation. We have found in our process that the nation’s builders had a remarkable understanding of the value of the resource. They knew precisely how to use it in their time. We have found a way to use the foundation they built, and in a clean, non-invasive way, renew its value."

Michael Kerr
New England Hydropower, Chief Executive Officer

"Opening a conversation about generating power on an old dam on a cherished river is always complicated—even when it is small-scale, renewable and clean. There is a great interest in what we are doing, and a wide variety of constituents. Because every project becomes part of a community, NEHC works transparently to form working relationships in those communities. We will always be willing and open to have a dialogue, especially when there is an issue to solve."

Chris Conover
New England Hydropower, Chief Marketing Officer

"We harvest rain and snow. That is, we use the natural flow of waterways, engineering each site individually to minimize our impact, and derive clean, renewable energy. Our sites are small-scale, manageable. With many of them in place, we can provide a significant source of green power.."

Roger Hutton
New England Hydropower, Co-Founder and Director of Sales

"Permitting is the name for the rigorous process we manage carefully to build projects. Is it not exclusively about the rules and regulations. It is about outcome. It is about understanding the specific natural resource and societal issues for each site, and exploring the best way to approach and respond to them. Local knowledge is often the key to success."

Carol Wasserman
New England Hydropower, Principal, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs

Restoring North America’s original renewable energy resource.TM