Harrington Park, New Jersey (December 5, 2016) –  LIHI Executive Director Shannon Ames has issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-539) continues to satisfy the LIHI Certification Criteria.  For this certification, LIHI approves PLUS standards for two criteria (3 were submitted; LIHI allows for a maximum of 2). The certification is therefore approved for a 10-year term (5-year standard term plus 3 years for the first PLUS standard and 2 years for the second PLUS standard).

The Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station is located at Lock and Dam 7 on the Kentucky River.  This dam is part of a system of 14 lock and dams installed on the Kentucky River between Beattyville in the eastern Kentucky and Carrollton on the Ohio River.

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, beginning December 5, 2016 and ending January 5, 2017.  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 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.  Once final, the effective certification date for the Mother Ann Lee Project is August 11, 2016 for a ten (10) year term, which will expire on August, 2026.