Eagle Creek Breaks Ground at West River Hydroelectric Facilities in Vermont

Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC has begun on-site construction for the 2,196-kW Ball Mountain Project in Jamaica, VT and the 924-kW Townshend Project in Townshend, VT.  On June 12, 2015, representatives from Eagle Creek, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), construction firm D.A. Collins, and construction management firm White & Reader Associates attended a groundbreaking ceremony at Ball Mountain Dam.  The event commemorated the completion of the final agreements between Eagle Creek and the Corps of Engineers to allow for on-site work.

On-site work has begun with construction of access roads and control buildings, the removal of old concrete, and pouring of new concrete to support the new turbine-generator units at both facilities.  The turbine-generator units, built by Obermeyer Hydro, Inc. in Colorado, are expected to be installed in September 2015.

When complete, the two projects will produce over 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity in an average year, enough to power over 1,300 average New England homes.  The power will be sold to the Vermont utilities through Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED) program and will help the utilities meet their renewable generation requirements under Vermont’s new Renewable Energy Standard. 

West River Projects groundbreaking
Attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony, from left to right: Sarah Hill, D.A. Collins Project Engineer; Tom McDermott, D.A. Collins Construction Superintendent; Lyndsey Gargano, D.A. Collins Safety; Rich Aubin, D.A. Collins Project Manager; Dave Youlen, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy EVP Development; Mike Reader, White & Reader Vice President; Kim Russell, USACE Natural Resources Specialist; Dale Berkness, USACE Project Manager

More information on the projects is available on Eagle Creek's website: click here.