Drawdown Update from FirstLight

October 20, 2022 / 5 mins read

Please note, as you will see below, this year’s deep drawdown will begin SOMETIME AFTER December 1st, depending on weather conditions.

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2022

FirstLight Annual Drawdown of Candlewood Lake

Candlewood Lake – FirstLight, the owner and operator of the Rocky River pumped hydroelectric station, will initiate the drawdown season for Candlewood Lake, which includes Squantz Pond, after December 1, 2022 as weather conditions allow. The drawdown, executed in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Candlewood Lake Authority will run until the opening of fishing season in early-April 2023. In order to execute required maintenance of the Rocky River Dam, a deep drawdown of Candlewood Lake will be necessary this season. The normal summer operating range of the station is from 429.5’-427’ and the drawdown will target an elevation of 418’-420’. Water levels will fluctuate throughout the season and will drop to minimum pond levels to allow repair work on the dam to be completed. Due to unknown weather patterns, exact dates and associated lake levels are not available. Homeowners are therefore strongly encouraged to remove their structures, boatlifts, and docks from Candlewood Lake prior to the winter season to prevent ice damage along the shoreline. All work planned to occur along the shoreline requires prior permitting from FirstLight, who can be contacted at lake.permits@firstlightpower.com.


FirstLight Power is a leading clean power producer, developer and energy storage company serving North America. The company is also a steward of more than 14,000 acres and hundreds of miles of shoreline along some of our most beautiful rivers and lakes. For decades, our renewable assets have been delivering clean, safe, reliable electricity to serve our communities. To meet the demand for clean energy as states and provinces transition away from fossil fuels, FirstLight has advanced our mission and swiftly expanded our portfolio to include solar, battery storage and investments in offshore wind – in addition to our legacy pumped-hydro and hydroelectric assets.