Albany Engineering Corp, an Albany, NY based firm, has proposed using Erie Canal locks along the Mohawk Canal, as power generation bases in the summer when the dams are down and able to generate water flow needed.
As reported in the Leader-Herald, if successful, the power generated could provide enough electricity to power tens of thousands of homes. Because the dams are taken up in the winter, this part of the canal/river system has never been used to generate power. The proposed area would cover Locks 8 through 15, the area from Glenville to Fort Plain.
The proposed $58 million project would be the first mobile power generating project for Albany engineering, which runs stationary power generating plants in other parts on New York. The application for the project is awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
According to many scientific groups, the best clean and green energy sources are wing and solar generated power, which is considered renewable. Some environmentalist do not consider hydro power as either green or renewable because current power grid set ups borrow power from state to state and hydro power is nothing new.
Hydro power, however, has become more popular recently as government regulations and trial efforts have been streamlined under two bills recently signed by President Obama. The increased interest has largely addressed using smaller waterways for projects that had not been previously considered cost efficient.
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