Harrington Park, New Jersey (July 11, 2016) – LIHI Executive Director Michael J. Sale has issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Otter Creek Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-2558) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. This certification decision is based on a unanimous vote of the Governing Board members present at the June 21, 2016, Technical Committee meeting. The Otter Creek Project will be LIHI certificate number 128. This Preliminary Certification Decision includes two facility-specific conditions, as follows:
- Condition 1. The owner shall complete construction of the new gate for minimum flow releases at Huntington Falls and fully implement the release of the 66-cfs minimum flow required at that facility. The owner shall send LIHI a letter report no later than December 31, 2016, describing the status of this implementation, and if it has not yet been completed, define and commit to remediation measures that will ensure it is completed as soon as possible.
- Condition 2. The owner shall complete all elements of the recreational plan at Huntington Falls, including the acquisition of necessary easements, and send LIHI a letter report no later than December 31, 2016 confirming that all elements have been completed. If there are any part of the Recreation Plan unfinished at that time, the owner shall explain the reasons why and actions planned to complete them.
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. 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 http://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. Once final, the effective certification date for the Otter Creek Project is January 7, 2016 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on January 7, 2021.