LIHI Certificate #154 – Barton Village Project, Vermont

The Barton Village Hydroelectric Project (Project) is located on the Clyde River in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Project is located in the Town of Charleston, which is approximately ten miles south of the United States-Canada border and fifteen miles northeast from Barton Village. Originally constructed in the 1890’s, it operates in a run-of-river mode and has a nameplate generation capacity of 1.4 MW and generates approximately 4.2 million kWh per year.

Barton Village’s land ownership at the Project consists of approximately ten acres. The land is located just below the Route 105 bridge and extends downstream along the easterly and westerly sides of the Clyde River to Charleston Pond. Pensioner Pond Dam, the Great Falls of Clyde, and the Project tailrace are all located within the Project lands.

The 800-foot bypassed reach associated with the Project includes a significant natural falls, known as the Great Falls of the Clyde. It is characterized by a large vertical-walled limestone gorge with several waterfalls. The Project maintains a minimum flow in the bypassed reach of 45 cfs or inflow to Pensioner Pond.

The Project consists of a 77-foot-long, 24-foot-high masonry and concrete gravity dam; a 187-acre impoundment (Pensioner Pond) at a normal elevation of 1141.25 feet msl; a 665-foot-long, 7-foot-diameter steel penstock; two 105-foot-long, 5.5 and 5.8-foot-diameter steel penstocks leading to a powerhouse containing two turbine/generating units with a total installed capacity of 1.4 MW; and two tailraces. The powerhouse contains two Francis turbines with a total installed capacity of 1,400 kw. The primary water conveyance structure at the dam is the flashboard topped spillway with a total length of approximately fifty-three feet. In addition, the west gate structure consists of three conveyances that allow water to pass into the bypass reach as well.

Project Name Barton Village
LIHI Certificate No. 154
LIHI Certificate Term March 29, 2019 - March 28, 2024
Owner Barton Village Electric Dept
State Vermont
Location River mile 11.3 on the Clyde River, Charleston VT
Installed Capacity 1.4 MW
Average Annual Generation 4,273 MWh
Facility Type Run of river
FERC No. P-7725 issued 2004, expires 2043

Certification History

August 13, 2019: The decision to certify the Barton Village Hydroelectric Project is final. No appeals were received during the appeal period which closed on July 19, 2019. The new certification term for the Project is from March 29, 2019 through March 28, 2024. The Certification includes one condition:

  • Partially Satisfied 2020 - Condition 1: Upon completion of the current water year (Oct. 1, 2018 – Sep. 30, 2019), the Facility Owner shall provide operations data to VDEC that documents run of river compliance. The Facility Owner shall submit the data to VDEC by December 31, 2019 and provide any response from the agency in the first annual compliance submittal to LIHI.

June 19, 2019: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Barton Village Hydroelectric Project.

This decision is preliminary pending the 30-day appeal window. Only those who commented on the initial application during the 60-day comment period are eligible to file an appeal. Such appeal needs to include an explanation as to how the Project does not meet the LIHI criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to with “Barton Village Hydroelectric Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 6, Lexington, MA 02420. All requests will be posted to the website.  The applicant will have an opportunity to respond and any response will also be posted. Requests must be received by 5 pm Eastern time on July 19, 2019.  The full application and reviewers report are available below.

If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the Certification term for the Project (pending LIHI #154) will be March 29, 2019 for a five (5) year term which will expire on March 28, 2024.

April 3, 2019: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for Low Impact Certification of the Barton Village Hydroelectric Project.  LIHI is seeking public comment on this application.  Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Project meets the LIHI Low Impact Certification Criteria, as revised in the 2nd Edition Handbook.  Please review the program and criteria in LIHI’s revised Handbook and then review the Project’s application materials below.

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 with “Barton Village Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 6, Lexington, MA 02420.  Comments must be received on or before 5 pm Eastern time on June 2, 2019 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.