Harrington Park, New Jersey (December 28, 2016) – LIHI Executive Director, Shannon Ames, using authority delegated from the LIHI Governing Board, has issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Chicopee Valley Aqueduct (CVA) Fish Hatchery Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. CD14-8-000) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. Because the application satisfies the “Not Applicable/De Minimis Effects” standard for all criteria, the project qualifies for an extended term of 10-years.  Once final, the effective certification date for the CVA Fish Hatchery Project is TBD. The certification includes one facility-specific condition, as follows:

  • Condition 1. The owner shall notify LIHI as soon as the project begins producing hydroelectricity, and no later than 30 days after that event. The effective date of this certificate shall be the date that generation begins.

As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd Edition, the Preliminary Certification Decision to certify, along with the Application Reviewer’s report and (if prepared) report of the Executive Director, will be posted on the Institute’s Web page for 30 days.  Notice of the posting will be provided to all individuals or organizations that commented on the initial Application Package.

Any Commenter may submit a letter to the Executive Director requesting an appeal within the 30-day period, which begins on December 29, 2016 and ends on January 29, 2017.  The appeal request must state specific reasons why the hydropower facility should have failed one or more criteria.  If an individual or organization did not comment on the initial Application Package, they may not file an appeal.  Further information about the LIHI appeal process is available in the LIHI Handbook, available at https://lowimpacthydro.org/certification-program-html/.

If no appeal is requested within the 30-day period, the Executive Director will issue LIHI Certification for the facility and post a notification of certification on the Institute’s website.