Commonwealth Hydropower

Round 6 of the Commonwealth Hydropower Program is now closed. Old program documents are available for reference here. The materials provided at the link below are for reference only. 

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The Commonwealth Hydropower Program seeks to increase the output of the Commonwealth’s hydropower assets by providing grants for ecologically-appropriate projects that can be implemented quickly and efficiently.  

Target projects include:

  • Upgrades to existing, FERC-licensed or non-jursidictional facilities that will result in greater generation
  • Development of new facilities that take advantage of the water flowing in man-made conduits, such as water distribution systems
  • Upgrade or development of facilities on FERC-licensed canals

Eligibility is generally limited to projects that can demonstrate a high likelihood of qualifying for the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.