FirstLight Begins Annual Drawdown of Candlewood Lake

January 23, 2023

NEW MILFORD, Conn. – January 23rd, 2023 – FirstLight, the owner and operator of the Rocky River pumped hydroelectric station, began the drawdown of Candlewood Lake, which includes Squantz Pond, on Friday, January 20th, 2023. The drawdown, executed in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, …

FirstLight Launches Flood Notification System for Lower Housatonic River Communities

October 20, 2022

New Milford, CT – FirstLight, the owner and operator of five hydroelectric facilities along the Housatonic River, today announced the rollout of an enhanced Flood Notification System for the communities below, or downstream of, the Stevenson Dam in Monroe, Connecticut. The Lower Housatonic River occasionally experiences floods due to poor weather and the thawing of …

FirstLight Annual Drawdown of Candlewood Lake

October 4, 2022

Candlewood Lake — FirstLight, the owner and operator of the Rocky River pumped hydroelectric station, will initiate the drawdown season for Candlewood Lake, which includes Squantz Pond, after December 1, 2022 as weather conditions allow. The drawdown, executed in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, …

Letter to Community Leaders on Zebra Mussels in Candlewood Lake

August 5, 2022

Dear Candlewood Lake Community Leaders, For more than a decade, FirstLight has voluntarily restricted our operations at the Rocky River Pumped Hydro station, largely shutting the facility down each year from the spring to the fall. This lost opportunity came at a substantial cost to our company, but we did so anyway to prevent the …

FirstLight Power Statement on Heavy Rain in Western Connecticut and Housatonic River Flooding

April 8, 2022

New Milford, CT – FirstLight Power issued the following statement today in response to the flood situation along the Housatonic River in Western Connecticut:  “Last night, parts of Western Connecticut received substantial amounts of rainfall, which has led to a flood situation along parts of the Housatonic River. The National Weather Service forecast, which FirstLight …

FirstLight Power Announces Updated List of Recreational Closures

May 4, 2020

Burlington, Massachusetts, May 1, 2020 – FirstLight Power today announced updates to the availability of its recreation facilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. “FirstLight’s first priority is to ensure the safety of our workforce and members of our community who use our trails, indoor public spaces, and restroom facilities,” said FirstLight Spokesman Len Greene.  “Public use …

FirstLight Safety and Continued Operations During COVID Pandemic

March 30, 2020

Early in this pandemic FirstLight implemented several new policies designed to increase protections for our employees and the communities we serve while maintaining our ability to provide clean electricity to the people of New England. We are complying with the guidance provided by state and federal public health authorities regarding workplace hygiene and cleaning practices, …

FirstLight Power to Temporarily Close Public Meeting Spaces and Recreation Areas in Massachusetts and Connecticut

March 13, 2020

  Northfield, MA – FirstLight Power today announced that it is temporarily closing its public recreation facilities at Northfield Mountain, the Turners Falls Fishway, and Shepaug Station, effective immediately. “FirstLight’s first priority is to ensure the safety of our workforce and members of our community who use our trails, indoor public spaces, and restroom facilities,” …