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EBC RI Chapter Program: Small Hydropower in Rhode Island

Small hydropower projects play a role in helping Rhode Island meets its renewable energy goals. In the past, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has identified sites with more than 10 megawatts (MW) of potential hydroelectric capacity.  This EBC Rhode Island Chapter will bring you up to date on small hydropower activities in Rhode Island and provide a discussion of hydropower opportunities, challenges and trends within Rhode Island.  Speakers will include those involved with promoting the development of the green economy, watershed wide feasibility studies, and viewpoints on real and perceived challenges and opportunities associated with hydropower projects.

8:00 a.m.       Welcome       Craig Swanson, Chair EBC RI Chapter  

                        Introduction Sam Whitin – Program Chair              

8:10 a.m.       Hydropower and RI’s Renewable Energy Portfolio

EDC Programs and Projects Funded & Status

  • Julian Dash, RI EDC,  Renewable Energy Fund

8:30 a.m.       Hydropower as a Community Asset

Community Development Models and Municipal Energy Collaboratives

  • Tricia Jedele, Conservation Law Foundation

8:50 a.m.       Local Hydropower Development Initiatives

Pawtuxet, Blackstone & TenMileRiver Feasibility Studies

Development Process (FERC, Permitting, Financing, etc.)

  • Jonathan Petrillo, The Essex Partnership, LLC

9:30 a.m.       Hydropower & Ecological Restoration

Are hydro & restoration mutually exclusive? Can hydro facilitate restoration?

  • Tom Ardito, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP)

10:00 a.m.     Networking Break

10:30 a.m.     Panel Discussion

                                    Moderator: Sam Whitin, EA Engineering

  • Charles Rosenfield,  Pawtucket Hydropower LLC
  • Tom Ardito, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP)
  • Julian Dash, RI EDC, Renewable Energy Fund
  • Tricia Jedele, Conservation Law Foundation

12:00 p.m.     Adjourn