Crescent & Vischer Ferry Relicensing: Harnessing Small Renewable Hydropower

On June 26, 1984, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued 40 year licenses to the New York Power Authority for the Crescent (P-4678) and Vischer Ferry (P-4679) Hydroelectric Power Projects. The operating licenses for these small renewable hydropower projects will expire on May 31, 2024. NYPA is applying for a new FERC license and will use this site as a repository for all public documents prepared during the relicensing process. Please consult this page regularly for updates or join our mailing list: CVF.Relicensing@nypa.gov.

Crescent Project: 
The Crescent Project is an 11.8 MW conventional hydroelectric project located on the Mohawk River, approximately 4 miles upstream from its confluence with the Hudson River. The Crescent Project is located in Saratoga, Albany, and Schenectady Counties, New York, and in the towns of Waterford, Colonie, Halfmoon, Clifton Park, and Niskayuna. It is located 2 miles upstream of the School Street Hydroelectric Project. The Crescent impoundment is approximately 10 miles long and the upstream terminus of the impoundment is located at the Vischer Ferry Project Dam.

Vischer Ferry Project:
The Vischer Ferry Project is an 11.8 MW conventional hydroelectric project located on the Mohawk River, approximately 14 miles upstream from its confluence with the Hudson River, and approximately 10 miles upstream of the Crescent Project. The Vischer Ferry Project is located in Saratoga and Schenectady Counties, New York, in the towns of Clifton Park and Niskayuna and the City of Schenectady. The Vischer Ferry impoundment is 10.3 miles long and the upstream terminus of the impoundment is located at Lock E8 in Schenectady.

NYPA is using FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) which requires consultation with state and federal resource agencies, Native American tribes and other interested parties. This consultation will establish project-related issues, define studies to evaluate and address issues, and provide for review and comment of study results, license application documents and other materials.

The formal relicensing process began with the filing of the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD), which NYPA submitted to FERC on May 3, 2019.

The Pre-Application Document (PAD) describes the project and its operation and any known existing impacts. The ILP is timeline driven by FERC regulations and a preliminary schedule of major milestone is available:

Relicensing also requires review by the following state and federal regulatory entities: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

 

The relicensing process of the Crescent and Vischer Ferry Projects will include the active involvement of federal and state resource agencies, local governments, citizens’ groups, Native American Nations, non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders (collectively, “Stakeholders”). To that end, this Communications Protocol establishes a framework for dissemination of information, coordination and dialogue for the stakeholders involved in the relicensing process.

The Power Authority will compile and maintain a mailing list of all stakeholders for the purpose of consultation and notification. The list will include stakeholder’s mailing address, email and or telephone number and will be used to provide notice of any public meetings and the availability of information for public review. NYPA will use email notifications when possible. 

NYPA values stakeholder input and urge all interested parties to join our mailing list by sending an email to CVF.Relicensing@nypa.gov with the above mentioned information.  


During the relicensing process stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide comments to FERC. FERC strongly encourages electronic filing of comments and interventions. In order to eFile comments and/or interventions, interested parties must have a FERC eRegistration account.

All correspondence (electronic or hard copy) to FERC should be addressed to:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20426

Quick Links to FERC eRegister, eFile and Comments:

Join our mailing list to receive updates: CVF.Relicensing@nypa.gov

Coming July, 2019:

Evening Scoping Meeting:
Date and Time:  Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn (Whitney/Travers Room) 30 Clifton Country Road
Clifton Park, New York 12065 Phone Number:  (518) 371-7777

Daytime Scoping Meeting:
Date and Time:  Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Location:  Hilton Garden Inn (Whitney/Travers Room) 30 Clifton Country Road
Clifton Park, New York 12065 Phone Number:  (518) 371-7777

Environmental Site Review:
Date and Time:  Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Location:  Crescent Hydroelectric Project, located at 60 Cohoes Crescent Rd, Cohoes, NY 12047 (Latitude 42.8056/Longitude-73.7227).

Participants will meet in the project’s parking lot; after the site visit for the Crescent Project, we will travel to the Vischer Ferry Project, located off the intersection off Sugar Hill Rd and Riverview Rd in Rexford, NY 12148 (Latitude 42.8075/Longitude -73.8427). Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation. Please RSVP via email to CVF.Relicensing@nypa.gov or notify Tara Groom at (518) 433-6748 on or before July 3, 2019, if you plan to attend the environmental site reviews. 

All persons attending the environmental site reviews must adhere to the following requirements: (1) persons must be 16 years or older; (2) persons must have a current, valid, government-issued or school photo identification (i.e., driver’s license, etc.); (3) persons with open-toed shoes/sandals/flip flops/high heels, etc. will not be allowed on the environmental site reviews; (4) no photography will be allowed on-site; (5) small bags containing personal items for the site visit (i.e., notebooks, maps, water, etc.) will be allowed, but are subject to search; (6) no weapons are allowed on-site; (7) no alcohol/drugs are allowed on-site (or persons exhibiting the effects thereof); (8) all persons coming on-site are subject to search; (9) no animals (except for service animals) are allowed on the environmental site reviews; and (10) all persons must be properly attired: no shorts, no tank tops.