LIHI Certificate #72 - Automatic Project, Maine
|LIHI Certificate No.||72|
|LIHI Certificate Term||February 11, 2016 - February 11, 2021, extended to June 30, 2021|
|Owner||Messalonskee Stream Hydro|
|Location||Located at river mile 2.6 on the Messalonskee Stream in Oakland and Waterville, Maine.|
|Installed Capacity||0.800 MW|
|Average Annual Generation||2,700 MWH|
|Facility Type||Inflow > 570 cfs: run-of-river Inflow < 570 cfs: cycled|
|FERC No.||P-2555 issued 1999, expires 2036|
February 23, 2021: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has received a complete recertification application from Messalonskee Stream Hydro for the Automatic Project located on Messalonskee Stream in Maine.
This is the second time the project will be reviewed using LIHI's 2nd Edition Handbook. LIHI developed a streamlined application format for such projects to facilitate review in accordance with Section 6.1 of the 2nd Edition Handbook. This review process verifies the information submitted, considers any public comments received when the application is deemed complete, and assesses whether there have been any material changes at the facility or in the LIHI Handbook that affect compliance with the LIHI Criteria.
LIHI is seeking comment on this application. 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 LIHI by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Automatic Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 1167 Massachusetts Avenue, Office 407, Arlington, MA 02476. Comments must be received at the Institute on or before 5 pm Eastern time on April 23, 2021 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 project description and complete application can be found below. The current application, the prior recertification application, and the prior review report under the 2nd Edition Handbook, as well as the other relevant documents, can be found in the Files section at the bottom of the project's webpage.
May 22, 2017: On April 18, 2017, LIHI Executive Director Shannon Ames announced a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Automatic Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-2555) continues to satisfy the LIHI Certification Criteria. The certification includes three facility-specific conditions, as follows:
- Satisfied in 2019. Condition 1: The Owner shall complete water quality sampling during summer 2017 under a study plan approved in advance by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) and consistent with the MDEP’s Lakes, Ponds, and Impoundments Trophic State Study and Rivers and Streams Temperature and Dissolved Oxygen Study protocols. A copy of the final study plan shall be filed with LIHI within 30 days of MDEP approval. The results of the study report shall be filed with MDEP and LIHI by December 31, 2017. If the Automatic Project is determined to be causing, or contributing to, a violation of water quality standards, then a remediation proposal, including an implementation schedule, shall be developed in consultation with MDEP and filed with LIHI by April 1, 2018. If the project is found not to be causing or contributing to violations of water quality standards, then the Owner shall file review comments/recommendations from MDEP by the same date.
- Condition 2: The Owner shall continue to operate and maintain safe, timely, and effective upstream passage facilities for American eel at Automatic dam in coordination with the Maine Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Condition 3: In the Owner’s Annual Compliance Statements, the Owner will update LIHI on the status of downstream eel passage at the site. The Owner will notify LIHI within 45 days if MDMR determines there is a sufficient number of eel present in the river to conduct the studies needed to determine the best location to install downstream passage. A summary of those study results, along with a MDMR-approved plan and schedule for downstream eel passage installation, shall be included in that year’s Annual Compliance Statement.
As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI Handbook, notice of the preliminary decision to certify was posted on the Institute’s website and sent to this stakeholder email distribution list on April 21, 2017. A 30-day period was provided to anyone who commented on the original application to request an appeal, and no requests for appeal were received.
The Automatic Hydroelectric project is now deemed certified by LIHI for a 5-year term. The effective certification date for the Automatic Certificate is February 11, 2016, expiring on February 11, 2021.
April 21, 2017: On April 18, 2017, LIHI issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Automatic Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-2555) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria.
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 in the Files section below.
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 email@example.com 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 5, 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.
May 26, 2011: The Automatic Hydroelectric Project has been certified as low impact for a five year term, effective February 11, 2011 and expiring February 11, 2016, with the following condition:
- Within 12 months of the date of issuance of the LIHI certification for the Automatic facility, the applicant shall present to LIHI a copy of an agreement with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (“Agencies”) in which the applicant and agencies have reached agreement on the final design, construction, operations, and maintenance of safe, timely, and effective upstream and downstream passage for American eel at the Automatic facility, along with a similar agreement executed between the owners of:
- the Union Gas facility,
- the Messalonskee Lake outlet dam (owned by Messalonskee Stream Hydro, LLC), and
- the agencies for upstream and downstream passage for American eel at these two facilities as well.
April 15, 2011: LIHI received a comment package containing four separate from Douglas Watts, of the Friends of the Kennebec Salmon. In addition to the four documents, Doug Watts sent an email explanation for including the Connectivity Report, all of which can be found in the Files section below.
April 14, 2011: Public comment period on the application for certification has been closed.
February 19, 2011: LIHI received a comment letter from Doug Watts, of the Friends of the Kennebec Salmon. A PDF version of the letter can be found in the “Files” section below.
February 14, 2011: Kennebec Water District has submitted an application for the certification of the Automatic Project.
- Automatic Recertification Review Report 2017
- Application Appendix - FERC Order Issuing Subsequent License 1999
- Application Appendix - FERC Order 1995
- Application Appendix - Maine Department of Environmental Protection Water Quality Certificate
- Application Appendix - Project Maps
- Application Appendix - FERC Order Flows & Water Quality
- Application Appendix - Eel Passage
- Application Appendix -Threatened & Endangered Species
- Application Appendix - Maine State Historic Preservation Office Comment Letter
- Application Appendix - Recreation Report
- Application Appendix -Project Photos
- Application Appendix - Agreement for Operation
- Application Appendix - Sworn Statement
- Application Part I-III
- Automatic Certification Questionnaire
- Automatic Report Review
- Application Appendix -Ownership & Regulatory Status
- Application Appendix - Agency Contacts
- Application Appendix - Location & Operations
- Application Appendix - Ownership and Regulatory Status
- Application Appendix - Fish Passage
- Application Appendix - Correspondence to US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Application Appendix - FERC Recreation Report
- Application Appendix - FERC Order Approving Recreation Plan 2000
- Doug Watts Comment Letter
- Maine Connectivity - Year One Summary
- Notice to Stakeholder List - Automatic Project Maine