More Hydropower Projects Seek LIHI Certification

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The last day of 2009 saw seven hydropower projects filing their application for certification with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. In 2009 alone, the Institute issued certifications for nine projects throughout the country. So far, there are 46 LIHI certified projects in 24 states.

Of the seven newest projects seeking LIHI certification, five are owned by PacifiCorp. The seven projects are:

  • PacifiCorp’s Lewis River Projects (P-935, P-2071, and P-2111) in Washington
  • PacifiCorp’s Bear River Project (P-20) in Idaho
  • PacifiCorp’s Cutler Project (P-2420) in Utah
  • PacifiCorp’s Prospect No. 3 Project (P-2337) in Oregon
  • PacifiCorp’s Ashton Project (P-2381) in Idaho
  • TransCanada Hydro’s Deerfield River Project (P-2323) in Vermont and Massachusetts, and
  • Brookfield’s Fife Brook Project (P-2323) in Vermont and Massachusetts

LIHI is seeking public comments by March 3, 2010.  More information on each of the projects and instructions on how to submit comments are available at www.lowimpacthydro.org.

LIHI provides certification to projects based on eight key areas:

  • river flows,
  • water quality,
  • fish passage and protection,
  • watershed protection,
  • threatened and endangered species protection,
  • cultural resource protection,
  • recreation, and
  • facilities recommended for removal.

According to LIHI, Certification is designed to provide consumers with assurance that a facility has avoided or reduced their environmental impacts.