Our local papers today has a story about some of our local power plants being sold. One of them is Northfield Mountain, which at first glance looks like a very green power source. It is a hydro generator that is actually built INSIDE a mountain. The area around it is run by the utility as a large park, with everything from boat tours on the river, to cross country skiing. Bald eagles as well as other rare species live there. But get this - this plant generates 1,080 MEGAWATTS of electricity - and it is only one of many hydro plants in the Ct. and Deerfield rivers....that is some serious juice! Reading up a bit, this is what is called a pump storage hydro plant. At night, when energy use is low, the utility pumps water UP into a holding pond on top of the mountain. Then, when the juice is needed during the day, it ia allowed to flow down and turn the turbines. I know this is nothing compared to the big dams out west, but I thought it was interesting and shows how water, combined with wind, biofuel conservation and solar, could supply a BIG part of this regions needs. As a comparison, the giant Mt. Tom coal plant, also part of this sale, is listed as 146 Megawatt. Info source http://www.nu.com/northfield/ info source on Park About Northfield Northfield Mountain is a pumped storage hydroelectric facility owned and operated by Northeast Utilities. In accordance with our federal license, we offer the public an extensive array of recreation programs, environmental programs, and facilities, and provide school environmental and recreation programs to surrounding communities. We are a four-season recreation facility situated along a beautiful sweep of mountainside--with satellite facilities strung along a 7-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. Northfield Mountain offers cross country skiing, hiking, and mountain biking on 26 miles of trails; camping, canoeing, kayaking and upriver canoe shuttles at our Barton Cove recreation area; interpretive riverboat cruises and charters on the 60-seat Quinnetukut II; public environmental and recreation programs at our Visitor Center; and school environmental and recreational programs on-site. Other offerings include a public picnic area and a 70-seat, rentable pavilion area at Riverview, camping for boaters at Munn�s Ferry, and fishways (PDF: 1063KB) (see bookmark titled Pavilion Rental, Picnicking and Fishways) for free spring viewing of thousands of migrating fish.