Hydropower project putting Blackstone River back to work

SPIN ­CYCLE: The new twin Archimedes screw turbine generators at the Albion Dam on the Blackstone River in Cumberland can generate more than 2,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year. PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

For years, an endless stream of Blackstone River waters has gushed over the Albion Dam, built more than a century ago to help power a nearby textile mill. Now the dam is again helping to harness the river’s power – this time to provide electricity for hundreds of homes. Since November, a small part of

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