Harrington Park, New Jersey (March 15, 2016) – On October 1, 2015, LIHI announced the Preliminary Decision made by the LIHI Governing Board Technical Committee that the Pelton Round Butte (PRB) Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2030) continues to satisfy the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria. A 30-day appeal period was open through October 31, 2015. A request for appeal of the certification decision was filed by Deschutes River Alliance (DRA) on October 28, 2015. LIHI staff considered the merits of the Appeal, accepted the appeal request, and with input from the two parties, formed an Appeals Panel to consider the record of decision.
On February 29, 2016 the Appeals Panel finalized their Determination, which is that the Preliminary Certification Decision was made correctly and is consistent with the LIHI Certification Criteria. The Panel affirmed the issuance of Certificate No. 25 for the Pelton Round Butte Project and recommended minor modifications of the associated, project-specific conditions. The PRB-DRA Appeal process has now been completed.
The Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric project is now deemed certified by LIHI. The effective date for the Pelton Round Butte certification is October 30, 2014 for an eight (8) year term, which will expire on October 30, 2022.
Three project-specific conditions are included in the PRB certification, reflecting the recommendations of the Appeal Panel, the LIHI Board, and LIHI staff. The electronic copy of the Certificate, the final version of the project specific conditions, the Application Reviewer Report, all application materials and the Appeal Report are available at the bottom of the Pelton Round Butte project page of the LIHI website HERE.