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Black Bear Hydro seeking approval for hydropower plant upgrades

ORONO, Maine 6/22/12 (PennWell) -- Renewable developer Black Bear Hydro LLC has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would allow the company to increase the generating capacity of two hydroelectric facilities on the Stillwater River, HydroWorld.com has learned.

The permit would allow Black Bear Hydro to place temporary and permanent fill materials below the high-water line at its Orono and Stillwater hydropower plants so upgrade work can begin.

Black Bear Hydro says it plans to build a second three-turbine powerhouse at the Stillwater Dam, increasing its total generating capacity to 2.23 MW. The company would also build new fish and eel passages.

Meanwhile, the Stillwater hydropower plant would be upgraded to a capacity of 3.74 MW.

Black Bear Hydro says it is upgrading the facilities to compensate for the production lost at three hydroelectric plants that are being removed as part of the Penobscot River restoration project.

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