Relicensing: Jarvis

The Relicensing of the Gregory B. Jarvis Plant

Hinckley Dam was built in the early 1900s, creating Hinckley Reservoir for the purpose of providing water to the Erie Barge Canal System, the predecessor of the current New York Barge Canal.

In 1982 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued NYPA a 40-year license to install and operate a 9 Mw generating facility at the existing Hinckley Dam, for the limited purpose of capturing the generation potential of the water releases for the existing purposes of navigation, public water supply, electrical generation downstream by Erie Boulevard as well as for recreation and aquatic resources.

The existing FERC license will expire in July 2022. Questions? Contact us via email at

Hinckley Dam was built in the early 1900s, creating Hinckley Reservoir for the purpose of providing water to the Erie Barge Canal System. In 1983, NYPA was granted a permanent easement to install hydropower generating units in the existing dam.

Today, Hinckley Reservoir serves as the water supply for the Canal System and as the sole source of drinking water for the greater Utica area. It provides for recreation and hydropower generation.

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. The ILP is timeline driven by FERC regulations and a preliminary schedule of major milestone is available:


To learn more about the ILP Process visit the FERC’s website.

The relicensing process of the Gregory B. Jarvis Power Project will include the active involvement of federal and state resource agencies, local governments, citizens’ groups, Native American tribes, 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 contact list of all stakeholders for the purpose of consultation and notification. This contact list will include stakeholder’s mailing address, email and or telephone number. The contact list will be used to provide notice of any public meetings and the availability of information for public review.  NYPA will use email notification when possible.

NYPA values stakeholders input and urge all interested partied to join our mailing list by sending an email to 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.

Learn more about FERC Online

NYPA will be hosting an Updated Study Report Meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 starting at 10am via WebEx Conferencing.

This is a public meeting. Those that would like to participate are asked to RSVP by noon on Monday, May 18, 2020 by sending an email to

Meeting information will be sent out to registered participants by the end of the day on Monday.

For questions, please contact Tara Groom at 518-433-6748.