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Lydia Grimm, LIHI’s first Executive Director drafted this comprehensive REPORT on Low Impact Certification in May 2002. The Grimm Report provides the first comprehensive description of the Low Impact Certification Program, including its development, its first years of operations, and an assessment of its early future in the context of the green power markets in the United States.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission responsibilities include: Issuance of licenses for the construction of a new project; Issuance of licenses for the continuance of an existing project (relicensing); and Oversight of all ongoing project operations, including dam safety inspections and environmental monitoring.
Resource Agency Links
The NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation protects, restores, and promotes stewardship of coastal and marine habitat to support our nation’s fisheries for future generations.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Passage Program is a voluntary, non-regulatory initiative in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides funding and technical assistance to reconnect aquatic habitats.
Green Market Resources
The US EPA website has useful information that defines Green Power and Green Markets.
The Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) represents organizations that sell, purchase, or promote renewable energy products. These products include Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), retail green power programs, utility green pricing services, and on-site renewable energy solutions.
The Center for Resource Solutions is a national nonprofit that develops consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets. CRS manages the Green-e Program.
The US Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership Program is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500®companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.
The US DOE Green Power Network provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Hydropower Developer Resources
The National Hydropower Association is a nonprofit national association serving the diverse North American hydropower community, representing more than 200 companies in the North American hydropower industry, from Fortune 500 corporations to family-owned small businesses.
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance: provides financial assistance in the form of grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements.
Renewable Policy Resources
The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national nonprofit coalition of state and municipal clean energy funds working with federal, regional, industry, and other stakeholders to promote clean energy markets and technologies.
Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts and on-the-ground projects.
The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
The Union of Concerned Scientists combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world.
The Nature Conservancy mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) combines the grassroots power of more than 2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.