Potsdam Hydro Plant Stalled by Computer Glitch

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All the equipment is in place and the turbines are ready, but the Potsdam West-Dam Hyrdro plant isn't running because of a computer glitch.

A problem with computer software isn't allowing turbines to spin fast enough to generate enough power to connect to the electrical grid. The long-delayed hyrdro project has been plagued with cost overruns, missing parts, and other problems since the beginning of construction in 2008. What started as a 3.5 million dollar project has now grown to nearly 5 million.

"There's energy built up in the grid itself and we've got to push against the energy strong enough to make your connection and if you're running too slow, you simply don't have the energy in your generators to connect to the grid and it kind of bumps up against the grid," said David Fenton, village administrator.

Potsdam officials say they are unsure when the hydro plant will be able to go online and generate power.
Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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