Project Name: Higley Redevelopment Project
Summary: Hydro feasibility, design, and construction services
Client: Erie Boulevard Hydropower LP
Project Location: Colton, NY
Project Size: 6.2 MW
• Hydro Feasibility Study
• Hydro Energy Analysis
• Hydroelectric Powerhouse
• Penstock Design
• Bid Specifications & Drawings
• Engineering services during
Project Timeframe: 2001 - 2003
Relationship with Client: Since 1991
The Higley Hydro Project was constructed in 1913 and consisted of three horizontal Francis turbines with a total licensed capacity of 4.480 MW. The units had reached the end of their service life and the licensee, Erie Boulevard Hydropower, LP, wanted to explore replacement alternatives.
Kleinschmidt conducted feasibility studies for a new powerhouse and new generating equipment. The selected alternative consisted of a new powerhouse adjacent to the existing powerhouse. Kleinschmidt designed the new facility, assisted in procuring permits, prepared construction drawings and specifications and provided technical support during construction. The new powerhouse was constructed adjacent to the existing powerhouse which was on the Historic Register. Four new eight foot diameter penstocks connected the intake to four vertical propeller turbines, two of which were double regulated. The turbines and generators have a total installed capacity of 6.2 MW.
The upgrades to the Higley Station resulted in a nearly 33% increase in capacity from approximately 4.5 MW to 6.2 MW, which is enough to power more than 1,700 average homes annually. As well, the existing units remained in service during construction of the new powerhouse providing uninterrupted power generation.