New York Power Authority
N. Y. Power Authority Seeks New License to Continue to Operate Gregory B. Jarvis Hydroelectric Project
FERC Relicensing Filing Kicks-off Multi-Year Public Process to Ensure Power Facility Continues to Help Meet New York's Clean Energy Needs

July 21, 2017

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today (6/30) announced it has taken the first official step to obtain a new 40-year operating license for its Gregory B. Jarvis Hydroelectric Project (Jarvis) by filing the required preliminary documents with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  FERC is the regulatory agency responsible for the licensing of the nation's hydroelectric projects. Relicensing is a multi-year process, and by initiating the process now, NYPA is positioned to obtain a new license before its current one expires on July 31, 2022.

Today (6/30) NYPA filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) to formally notify FERC of its intention to relicense the project. In addition, NYPA filed a Pre-Application Document (PAD). The PAD is a comprehensive report describing the relicensing process and providing engineering, operational and environmental information about Jarvis.  Both documents are available at: www.jarvis.nypa.gov.

As part of the relicensing process, FERC will host several public meetings throughout the multi-year relicensing process, beginning in early fall 2017.  FERC will issue a schedule including the dates for these meetings later this summer.  Once issued, the schedule will be available at www.jarvis.nypa.gov.

History & Background on Relicensing:

In August 1982, NYPA received a 40-year license from FERC to construct and operate a 9 megawatt power project on the Hinckley Reservoir and dam located in Herkimer and Oneida counties. The small hydroelectric facility began supplying electricity to the state's power grid in 1986.  NYPA expects to submit its application for a new license in July 2020.

Principal features of the Jarvis project include the power house and dam; a substation on the north side of Route 365; a recreational boat launch; and the Hinckley reservoir upstream of the dam.

Located in the Town of Remsen in Oneida County, the Jarvis plant is part of a fleet of four small, clean hydroelectric facilities NYPA developed in the 1980s to reduce New York's dependence on foreign oil. Today, these plants provide clean, renewable energy and are valuable assets in helping New York State meet its ambitious clean energy targets as outlined in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard and Reforming the Energy Vision (REV4NY) strategy.

Licensing, as administered by FERC, is a process to review a hydroelectric project's operations and its relationship to the surrounding environs. It involves studies and public participation on a schedule set by FERC.  The process follows an outline a scoping document that describes required topics for informed discussion, with formal studies undertaken if FERC requires them, to evaluate a project's request for a new license.

About NYPA

NYPA, the largest state public power organization in the nation, operates 16 electricity generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA is a major power supplier for New York State. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean, renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit; operations are financed through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information about the Power Authority visit nypa.gov.

For more information:

New York Power Authority (NYPA)

123 Main St
White Plains, New York
United States, 10601-3170
Tel: 914-681-6200

Maura Balaban
Tel: (914) 390-8171
E-mail: maura.balaban@nypa.gov

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