Harrington Park, New Jersey (November 21, 2016) – The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Winooski 8 Hydroelectric project. The application materials can be found HERE.

The Winooski 8 hydroelectric project is located in E. Montpelier, Vermont, on the site of a dam originally constructed in 1908.  The project was reconstructed in 1985 and has an installed capacity of 930 KW.  Annual energy production has averaged 3,500,000 kWH. The intake and powerhouse are an integral structure, housing three submersible adjustable propeller turbines, driving induction generators, together with associated hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment.

LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Winooski 8 project meets the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria, as revised in the 2nd Edition Handbook released in March 2016.  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 “Winooski 8 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 January 20, 2017 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.

The Winooski 8 comment period has been extended to January 22, 2017.