New England Hydropower Company, Inc.
The New England Hydropower Company, LLC (NEHC) develops, operates, owns and manages small-scale regional and local hydroelectric facilities. We provide the renewable energy market with a fresh, environmentally sound, fish and wildlife safe approach to small-scale hydroelectric generation. There are mills and dams together, and there are dams alone—thousands in the region, tens of thousands across the United States
We build, own, operate and manage small-scale hydropower works using legacy dams throughout New England and the United States.
To accomplish this at the highest professional level, NEHC has assembled a leadership team from industry, government affairs, and technology entrepreneurship. With a mix of skills and experience derived from the energy sector and other businesses, we are devoted to the notion that a sound foundation in knowledge, a visionary approach to what is possible, and a relentless work ethic will lead our success.
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, 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.
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 acrossAmericafor generations, providing power for industry, containment for reservoirs, safety for towns and support for transportation and irrigation systems. Over 50% of dams inNew Englandare situated next to mills, many still productive.
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 toNorth Americawith a partnership of engineers and manufacturers who have an established and distinguished track record.
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
- 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.