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FERC to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight operations
06-17-2024 5:48 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s operations along the Connecticut River amid concerns that the dams might have a negative impact...


Municipal officials, residents air concerns with FirstLight at MassDEP hearing
05-30-2024 5:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — As FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. advances its decade-long license renewal to continue operating its facilities on the Connecticut River, municipal officials and residents voiced concerns over its potential environmental impacts to...


Valley lawmakers seek shorter license for FirstLight hydropower projects
05-08-2024 6:00 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — Area lawmakers are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to limit the relicensing of FirstLight’s hydropower projects from 50 years to 30 years, and to mandate the company disclose more data to the public about its...


Bike-riding activists will convene April 20 to protest FirstLight
04-12-2024 5:08 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

A local group of bike-riding activists will ride together again for the first time in a decade, this time in protest of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station.The Solar Rollers, a grassroots advocacy group that...


FirstLight grant program supporting 4 Franklin County projects
10-12-2023 12:10 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. will fund four projects centered around sustainability and community improvements in Gill, Montague and Erving through its new “FirstLight Sustains” grant program.Initiatives from the Erving Public Library, Nolumbeka...


FirstLight probe of Turners Falls dam leaks to commence
08-09-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — After two hydraulic leaks since early 2022, FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. is planning an investigation into the Turners Falls dam’s bascule gate pistons.A 1-gallon leak that occurred in March, as well as a 300-gallon leak in February...


Connecticut River Defenders block tour bus at Northfield Mountain
07-25-2023 4:26 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

NORTHFIELD — To protest FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s relicensing negotiations, members of the Connecticut River Defenders advocacy group stalled one of two tour buses that were entering the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station on Tuesday...


Stakeholders submit ranging comments on FirstLight’s Recreation Settlement Agreement
07-11-2023 6:34 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Three local stakeholder organizations have submitted comments on FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s proposed Recreation Settlement Agreement, sharing concerns ranging from insufficient advisory group representation to inadequate...


FirstLight Hydro files recreation agreement with feds
06-13-2023 7:31 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. has filed its Recreation Settlement Agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the company announced in a statement Tuesday.The agreement, part of a comprehensive settlement effort...


River advocates to protest Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project
05-26-2023 3:17 PM

NORTHFIELD — The Connecticut River Defenders advocacy group will hold a rally to protest the relicensing of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project on Saturday, May 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Ferry...


Northfield Selectboard signs FirstLight agreement
05-19-2023 12:15 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NORTHFIELD — The Selectboard voted this week to sign the Flows and Fish Passage Settlement Agreement that FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in late March.Selectboard member Barbara “Bee” Jacque,...


Advocates seek extension for FirstLight public comments
05-02-2023 7:06 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River Conservancy is requesting an extension of the public comment period for FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s relicensing after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requested further information.FirstLight,...


Unfinished FirstLight business raises concerns
04-05-2023 6:24 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — With the deadline for a comprehensive settlement now in the past, stakeholders in the FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. relicensing process are uncertain about what comes next for aspects that were not finalized.FirstLight, which...


FirstLight settlement draws mixed response
03-31-2023 5:53 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

TURNERS FALLS — With Friday marking the deadline, FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. has filed its Flows and Fish Passage Settlement Agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).FirstLight, which previously submitted its Amended Final...


Legislators implore FirstLight to ‘do better’ following oil spill
03-23-2023 5:57 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Three local legislators are imploring FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. to “do better” after failing pistons at the Turners Falls dam allowed oil to leak into the Connecticut River earlier this month.The leak, reported to FirstLight by...


Oil spill at Turners Falls dam angers environmental advocates
03-21-2023 6:32 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — An oil sheen that was reported on the Connecticut River has raised concerns from environmental advocacy organizations, though FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. reported that no sheen was visible upon inspection on Monday.According to...


Journalist to speak on FirstLight as part of ‘Environmental Sundays’ series
02-03-2023 7:41 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — Frustrated by a lack of progress in FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s controversial relicensing process, environmental journalist Karl Meyer will deliver a talk at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew as part of the church’s...


FirstLight finalizes flows and fish passage plans; comprehensive settlement on all issues still to come
01-04-2023 5:43 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. has finalized its hydropower-related flows and fish passage plans, the company announced Wednesday in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.FirstLight, which previously submitted its Amended Final...

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