Sustainability

Hydro Generation Consulting

CES has extensive experience in the hydropower sector. CES Partner Mark Isaacson has been involved with hydropower for more than 30 years. Mr. Isaacson developed and continues to be an owner and operator of the 19 MW Worumbo Hydroelectric facility on the Androscoggin River in Lisbon Falls, Maine. The Worumbo was the first hydroelectric facility in Maine to receive certification from the independent Low Impact Hydropower Institute. The experience gained by developing, owning and operating this facility has helped CES provide a comprehensive set of consulting services to renewable energy developers, owners and buyers, including:

  • Asset sales
  • Asset valuations
  • Lead Participant related services
  • Power Purchase Agreements for both electricity and renewable energy RECs

CES continues to act as ISO-NE Lead Participant for multiple hydroelectric projects and owners in New England. As Lead Participant CES is responsible for interactions with ISO-NE as well as the receipt and disbursement of funds. 

CES provided expert consulting services to the U.S. Department of Interior—Bureau of Indian Affairs (as a subcontractor to EMR Incorporated) to estimate of the value of the water covering Native American tribal lands on the St. Croix river in Maine due to hydroelectric facility impoundments. (2009 - 2010)

CES acted as asset sale advisor for hydropower facilities. Examples in the Northeast United States and Canada include: Rumford Falls (FERC #2333, Rumford ME, 2006); Grand Falls (Bathurst, NB, 2007); and Smooth Rock Falls (Smooth Rock Falls, ON, 2009). As the lead consultant and managing broker for the sales of these hydroelectric plants, CES is expert on all matters related to the operation of hydroelectric plants within their respective watersheds and power markets within the NB Power and ISO-NE Control Areas.

CES provided expert consulting services to the Town of Rockingham in Vermont from 2002 – 2005 with respect to a proposed acquisition of the Bellows Falls Hydro Plant on the Connecticut River.