Hydro Facilities

In the mid eighteen hundreds, the Kesslen Shoe Factory was the largest employer in the Town of Kennebunk. Located in the heart of downtown beside the Mousam River, the factory obtained the power to operate pulleys and conveyor belts from a water wheel powered by the river. In 1893, the Town purchased the turbine rights at the Kesslen Shoe Factory. This purchase provided the necessary cash flow for the shoe factory to remain in business and started the municipally owned electric light department. Over the years, the Kennebunk Light & Power District acquired two more factory sites on the river that had timber and dirt dams and water powered turbines. In the mid nineteen eighties the District updated the Kesslen turbine and dam, removed and replaced both dams at the other sites – Twine Mill and Dane Perkins – and upgraded the turbines at those sites as well. The three dams were licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) during this time period receiving a license that expires in March of 2022. Given the current complicated process for re-licensing, the FERC requires a notice of intent to be filed five years before the expiration date of the license. In order to prepare for the notice of intent filing, the District has begun the process of analyzing and evaluating the condition and value of the dams and turbines. The power point presentation you can access here will give you a detailed description of the process the District will be following over the next few years. If you have any questions, please contact the General Manager at (207) 985-3311 or tshea@klpd.org. If you would like to be kept informed of this process, please email your name, address, phone number and email address to tshea@klpd.org

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