Understanding the benefits of our waterways and their history as we seek to generate clean, zero-emission electricity without harming habitat or fish leads us to that true alignment. That is why NEHC only considers projects at existing dams that still serve a valued purpose. We do not re-engineer or enhance them to augment the power of the flowing water. Our goal is to ensure our projects are truly low-impact, run-of-river.
Local wisdom, experience, and vision are integral to the development of successful, beneficial projects. Knowing that, we reach out to owners, and to communities and their leaders as partners and collaborators early in the evaluation of every proposed site.
Our experience has been that wherever we go there are well-educated agency stewards and policy-makers; and equally, there are knowledgeable community advocates, naturalists, conservationists, researchers, and engineers. We proactively engage with these experts in order to bring the value of their expertise to our work before we resolve to move forward on a project.
Hydropower licensing is not a simple process. Each site has its own specific complexity. It requires defined knowledge and skill in order to navigate through, but working inclusively and openly, we have had success. We have experts who know the course and who find smart and creative solutions to issues that arise. We are in the business of building associations because that is the way we will most efficiently bring renewable hydropower to the marketplace.