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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, and the Candlewood Lake Authority will run until the opening of fishing season in early-April 2023. In order to execute required maintenance of the Rocky River Dam, a deep drawdown of Candlewood Lake is necessary this season. The normal summer operating range of the station is from 429.5’-427’ and the drawdown will target an elevation of 418’-420’. Water levels will fluctuate throughout the season and will drop to minimum pond levels to allow repair work on the dam to be completed. Due to unknown weather patterns, exact dates and associated lake levels are not available.

FirstLight Power (FirstLight) is a leading clean power producer, developer, and energy storage company serving North America. With a diversified portfolio that includes over 1,400 megawatts of operating renewable energy and energy storage technologies, FirstLight specializes in hybrid solutions that pair hydroelectric, pumped-hydro storage, utility-scale solar, large-scale battery, and offshore wind assets. The company’s mission is to accelerate the decarbonization of the electric grid by supporting the development, operation, and integration of renewable energy and storage solutions to advance an electric system that is clean, reliable, affordable, and equitable. Based in Burlington, MA, with operating offices in Northfield, MA and New Milford, CT, FirstLight is a steward of more than 14,000 acres and hundreds of miles of shoreline along some of the most beautiful rivers and lakes in the Northeast. To learn more, visit or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.


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