Commonwealth Hydropower (Government/Non-Profit) - Who's Eligible?

Who's Eligible?

The applicant’s facility must be licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), have an order from FERC indicating that it is non-jurisdictional to FERC, or have a determination from FERC that it is a "qualifying conduit hydropower facility."

Facilities must either be qualified for the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (MA RPS), or demonstrate a high likelihood of qualifying for the MA RPS, as further explained in the Commonwealth Hydropower solicitation. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is the agency that grants MA RPS qualification. Applications for MA RPS Class I and Class II (either or both of which may apply to a hydro facility) can be found here, on DOER’s website: MA RPS qualification applications

For Feasibility Study Grants:

  • For studies concerning upgrades to existing facilities, the facility must be licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), have an order from FERC indicating that it is non-jurisdictional to FERC, or have a determination from FERC that it is a "qualifying conduit hydropower facility."
  • For a study regarding a new conduit facility, the applicant must demonstrate that some pre-feasibility work has been performed, such as use of the Conduit Hydropower Screening Tool and other screening-level analyses.  
  • For a study regarding a new facility other than a conduit facility, the site must be on a FERC- licensed canal.