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Owner Of Hydropower Generators On The Connecticut River Seeks License Renewals

The Connecticut River as it winds through Massachusetts

The federal relicensing process is proceeding for five major hydropower facilities on the Connecticut River. Two of these are located in Franklin County in western Massachusetts – the Northfield Mountain pumped hydro storage facility and the Turners Falls hydroelectric generating station.

Both are owned by FirstLight Power.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke recently with Alicia Barton, who is the CEO of FirstLight.  She was previously the CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and of NYSERDA.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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