Harrington Park, New Jersey (August 5, 2016) – On July 6, 2016, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Automatic Hydroelectric project.  The application materials can be found HERE.

The Automatic hydroelectric plant (Automatic) was originally constructed in 1924 and is located on the Messalonskee Stream in Oakland and Waterville, Maine, approximately 5 miles downstream of Rice Rips hydroelectric plant (FERC No. 2556, LIHI Project No. 59). Operation of Automatic is dependent on inflow to Messalonskee Lake and discharge from the upstream Oakland and Rice Rips Hydroelectric projects.

LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Automatic project continues to meet the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria.  Please review the program and criteria in LIHI’s revised Handbook and then review the Project’s 2016 application materials posted on the project page.  Comments that are directly tied to specific LIHI criteria (flows, water quality, fish passage, etc.) will be most helpful, but all comments will be considered.  Comments may be submitted to the Institute by e-mail at comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Automatic Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, PO Box 194, Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640.  Comments must be received at the Institute on or before 5 pm Eastern time on October 7, 2016 to be considered.  All comments will be posted to the web site and the applicant will have an opportunity to respond.  Any response will also be posted.