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Hydro & The Environment
Hydro believes that we have a limited sources of energy for human use
and that small hydro can be one of the most benign available and should
be preferentially developed over carbon based energy sources.
Hydropower development changes
the fish habitat – usually changing species that do well in the
water courses. In many cases,
this change is significant, and considered negative by most evaluations.
The value judgment has to be made in the shadow of species preservation,
genetic diversity, local ecology, impacts of substituted energy sources,
and the economics reflecting human values.
Hydro, undertakes development of environmentally benign micro-hydro projects
under the leadership of Mr. Ely. He is currently developing hydro
and fish research projects in California with MS. Sackheim and in NEW
England with local staff and Mr. Boeri.
of Davis Hydro Projects
partnership that is actively producing project on the Dog River in Northfield,
Vermont. The site is active and currently producing about 1.1 GWH/year.
The Dog River is arguably the best native trout stream in Vermont and
we work to keep it that way.
Philadelphia New York - The
is actively producing about 2.2 GWH per year since 1992. Sandy hollow
is a three unit 0.75 MW station on the Indian River. It is operated
Run-of-River and is currently selling into the spot market. This site
is on a polluted river we can do little about. We do not see fish
below our dam. We have built a fish passage area, but there seems
to be little for it as upstream waters are very polluted.
- Laconia New Hampshire- The site is characterized by the very tight
level control required. Site has been upgraded with new controls,
powerhouse renovation, and dam reworking. Production is
about 1.6 GWH per year. This site is in the middle of a town between
town between two major resort Lakes. Water quality is an issue. We are
currently interested in putting in an eel and fish passage at this site.
Update: as of 2012, the site is finally making a small profit and we
may be putting in wanted fish ladders.
- Brighton -
Montgomery County Maryland - The site is a Water Supply Reservoir for
the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The sight has two
178 KW turbines, currently limited to about 115 kW each. The site
was acquired in 2009, and is expected to produce about 1.4 - 1.6 GWH
per year. This is on a drinking water reservoir that is full of
fish. Water quality is an issue. The downstream is a put-and
take fishery that local folks want to induce a sustaining population.
Fishing pressure is overbearing.
The following projects are
being undertaken by KC Hydro LLC,
which is an LLC owned primarily by Richard Ely and Kelly Sackheim.
We are engaged in the following projects. (In rough level of activity!)
Creek - We are re-engineering
this site to preventing demolition by PG&E. PG&E
is decommissioning a hydro facility. Davis Hydro is working with
the community to recommission it as a fishery enhancement project that
generates both green power and enhances the fish habitat in the Cow
Creek area. Expected additional benefit will be a fist class field research
facility that will target steelhead. We hope to make this foundation
to primary funding source for the Kilarc Foundation.
Engineered but delayed or
4 Diversion Dam Retrofit -
PG&E currently reviewing prior to licensing. Pit
4 is targeted at about 1 MW
river release project on a PG&E dam on the Pit
River in Northern California,
and is currently under environmental review and preliminary design.
Main environmental issues focus on water temperature effects and fish
concerns. This project is on-hold pending PG&E approval.
Creek - PG&E has
apparently been taken over by PG&E. This
is a project on an existing PG&E diversion dam on the North Fork
of the Feather River in Plumas County California. Its targeted production
is only 400 to 500 KW due to transmission limitations. Currently
2011, PG&E is still reviewing the project.
- Bureau of Reclamation is
inhibiting this project due to agreements with Trinity County.
- Original Preliminary Permit - Currently (July, 2011), we have
just surrendered the Preliminary Permit by not filing a Progress report.
We cannot find an economical way to do the project.
Other projects are under discussion
with PG&E. These include retrofitting dams and canals for power.
There will be presented here as they develop.