Progress Report: Potsdam's Power Project
Every gallon of water that flows by the inoperative West Dam Hydro plant is revenue being lost to the village of Potsdam.
But after years of costly delays and obstacles, village officials say the plant - in the middle of the village next to Fall Island - is nearly complete and could be generating electricity by fall.
"It's moving along really well, now that we've got the parts," said village administrator David Fenton.
"Now we're putting the gearbox on top of the turbine, and soon we'll be putting the generator on top of that. We've got electrical contractors in, they're starting to work on the distribution system," Fenton said.
Village officials charge the supplier, Canadian Turbines, breached its contract by failing to deliver parts in a timely manner, costing the village thousands upon thousands of dollars in lost revenues and delays.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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