The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts pursuant to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute’s criteria.

LIHI’s Certification Program encourages a range of benefits associated with healthy rivers and enables low impact projects to access renewable energy markets.


The hydropower world lost a great leader and LIHI lost the Chair of our Governing Board, when Julie Keil passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015.  Chief among Julie’s many important accomplishments was her tireless effort to bridge the gap between the hydropower industry and environmental interests.  She will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.  The Northwest Hydroelectric Association, with support from Julie’s family has set up a new memorial fund honoring Julie: The Julie A. Keil Women in Hydro Scholarship Fund.  LIHI encourages donations to this new fund as a meaningful way to pay respects to Julie and her family. More information about Julie’s life and the scholarship fund is available HERE.  

On December 9, 2015, the LIHI Governing Board appointed John Seebach as Acting Chair.


LIHI will be featured on a free webinar panel presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) on Tuesday, February 2 at 1 pm EST.  The webinar, presented by CESA’s State-Federal RPS Collaborative, will explore the role and treatment of hydropower in RPSs across the country.   Click here to learn more and sign up!

Did you miss us our panel discussion on Renewable Energy Markets at HydroVision International 2015 in Portland, Oregon on Friday – July 17, 2015? Click here.

For a presentation on the LIHI program and the role in green markets, please watch Low Impact Hydropower, a Pathway to Green Markets from Center for Resource Solutions on Vimeo.

To stay in touch with LIHI, please sign up for our mailing list HERE.