FirstLight CEO and former commissioner of MassDEP call for Governor Baker to sign climate bill

January 15, 2021

In a piece in WBUR’s “Cognoscenti”, published today,  FirstLight CEO Alicia Barton and former MassDEP commissioner and former President of the Union of Concerned Scientists Ken Kimmell called for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to sign the climate bill recently passed by the Massachusetts legislature, calling it part of a “legacy of pathbreaking climate policy”, and …

FirstLight Donates $100,000 to Candlewood Lake Authority for New Marine Patrol Boat

December 7, 2020

CANDLEWOOD LAKE AUTHORITY RECEIVES $100,000 DONATION FROM FIRSTLIGHT POWER TOWARDS NEW PATROL BOAT The Candlewood Lake Authority is pleased to announce a donation for $100,000 from FirstLight Power to help purchase a new boat to patrol Candlewood Lake next summer.  “This donation is key to the CLA’s increasing focus on public safety on Candlewood Lake …

FirstLight files license application for 50 more years of clean, reliable energy and community benefits

December 4, 2020

Northfield, MA, December 4, 2020 – FirstLight Power today submitted its combined Amended Final License Application (AFLA) to federal regulators to extend the operating licenses for 50 years for its Cabot and Turners Falls hydroelectric generating stations on the Connecticut River and its Northfield Mountain energy storage facility. These facilities, which provide clean power and …

In-state hydro performed during California blackouts this summer

December 1, 2020

The California ISO’s market watchdog released a report last week detailing the market’s performance during the August 2020 blackouts there. The new report confirms many of the same conclusions in the joint report issued on November 24th by the CAISO, CPUC and CEC. These conclusions include the record west-wide extreme temperatures, inadequate reserve margins and …

Energy New England’s Municipal Utilities Commit to Largest Clean Power Purchase in Region’s History

November 12, 2020

In the largest municipal electric department purchase of clean, renewable power in New England history, 21 public power entities from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have agreed to purchase 200 million kilowatt-hours per year of hydroelectric power produced by FirstLight Power in Western Massachusetts. The purchase agreement, structured and executed by Energy New England, will …

A New FirstLight Home for an Injured Bald Eagle

September 10, 2020

Enjoy a look at this extraordinary video! FirstLight Power was honored to play a supporting role in helping this injured bald eagle eaglet return to the wild near our Shepaug Station hydroelectric generating facility in Southbury, Connecticut, in late August. The back story: Last spring an “intruder” female eagle attacked and unfortunately killed another female …

Happy National Hydropower Day!

August 24, 2020

Happy National Hydropower Day! Together let’s celebrate hydropower and pumped storage – force multipliers that provide the grid with the flexibility needed to integrate other renewables onto the grid. #Hydropower is critical to our clean energy future. #HydroDay

FirstLight Power Elects Phil Giudice Board Chair

July 10, 2020

FirstLight Power, operator of Northfield Mountain energy storage facility and other hydroelectric, solar, and energy-storage assets in Massachusetts and Connecticut, has elected Phil Giudice as chair of its board of directors. Mr. Giudice is a former Massachusetts Undersecretary of Energy and Commissioner of Energy Resources; a current director of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and …

FirstLight’s Danny Deane Honored By “Forty Under 40”

May 20, 2020

One of Cabot Hydro Station’s Maintenance Operators, Danny Deane, was honored last week by Business West’s “Forty Under Forty”, which recognizes  rising stars across our region – individuals who excel in business and involvement within the community – and celebrates their accomplishments. Danny not only keeps things humming at Cabot, he also serves as the …

Northfield Mountain’s quick-response energy celebrated by NHA’s ‘Path to Clean Energy’

April 24, 2020

Along with our ability to store close to 9,000 megawatt-hours of electricity generated by offshore wind, solar, and other renewable resources–enough to keep the lights on for 300,000 New England homes for a day–Northfield Mountain is prized by the New England grid operator for our ability to generate emergency power in a matter of minutes. …