Brookfield Renewable Power seeks delay in fish-friendly hydro turbine plan

Brookfield Renewable Power is asking for more time from federal regulators to install a fish-friendly hydro turbine at its 39-MW hydropower plant at Cohoes Falls in New York.

Under the requirements of its 40-year license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2007, Brookfield is expected to install the new type of turbine by next year, wire services reported.

In 2009, Brookfield asked to delay deployment of the fish-friendly turbine by two years because it was still in development by Alden Research Laboratory in Holden, Mass., which is designing the new technology in conjunction with Electric Power Research Institute.

That design process is still ongoing, and on Jan. 6, Brookfield wrote a letter to FERC asking for another extension, this time for three years. If approved by FERC, the new deadline to start construction would be in 2014, with the project completed by 2017.

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