Williams River Electric: Hydroelectric Power Tailored For a Country Stream

River Electric Corp. Hydroelectric Power Tailored For a Country Stream David Buckley overcame a bureaucratic morass to turn his old swimming hole into a project that does good, and may do well

The rumble underfoot starts faintly, then grows in force to recall the roar of a distant subway train. Tons of water are pouring down the 47-ft. drop at the Brockway Mills hydroelectric plant and smashing against the turbine blades. The glistening steel shaft connecting turbine to generator begins to revolve, accelerating quickly. Needles on gauges tremble and move upward; panel lights go on.

Brockway Mills is on line, ready to feed 850 kilowatts of electric power from the Williams River falls into the Vermont power grid. For David F. Buckley, who swam at this same scenic spot as a boy and...

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