The project is located at the Slack Dam in Springfield, Vermont. The dam is one of five existing concrete gravity dams on the Black River. (Comtu Falls site is immediately upstream, and the Lovejoy site is just downstream.) The project was reconstructed in 1986 and has an installed capacity of 400 KW. Annual energy production has averaged 2,000 MWH.
|Project Name||Slack Dam|
|LIHI Certificate Number||78|
|LIHI Effective and
|February 28, 2016
February 28, 2024
|Owner||Springfield Hydroelectric Company|
|Location||Located at the Slack Dam in Springfield, Vermont.|
|Installed Capacity||400 KW|
|Average Annual Generation||2,000 MWH|
|Facility Type||Run-of-river with a de minimus bypass|
The project is strict run-of-river utilizing 21’ of gross head, between the headwater and tailwater. There is no bypass reach. The project is served by a 190 square mile drainage area on the Black River, 75% of which is controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control Project in N. Springfield, 4.5 miles upstream. A steel penstock 8’ in diameter and 80’ in length conducts water from the intake to the powerhouse.
The power house is 20’ x 20’ square and houses one horizontal full Kaplan turbine driving a vertical induction generator by means of an internal bevel gear, together with associated hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment. The powerhouse is constructed of reinforced concrete to an elevation greater than the 100 year flood level. A pad mounted transformer connects the station to 3-phase 4,160 V electrical service. A fishway, constructed in 2007 provides for downstream fish passage.
June 20, 2017: Having received no requests to appeal the preliminary certification decision, Slack Dam Hydroelectric Project received final notice that it satisfies the LIHI certification criteria.
May 11, 2017: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Slack Dam Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-8014) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. This certification qualifies for one PLUS standard on downstream fish passage and protection which extends the standard term from five years to eight years. The certification includes two facility-specific conditions, as follows:
- Condition 1. If either the U.S. FWS or the state fisheries management agency requires the facility to provide upstream eel passage in the future, the owner shall notify LIHI within 30 days of receipt of such a notification. The owner shall then consult with the requesting agency to develop plans to implement such upstream passage and provide LIHI with a copy of these plans no later than one year after receiving the notification.
- Condition 2. For the full term of the LIHI certification, the owner shall continue to operate the downstream fishway at Slack Dam in the spring from April 1 to June 15 and in the fall from September 15 to November 15 or as otherwise requested by the state fisheries agency. This condition is associated with the 8-year extended term of the new certificate.
As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd Edition Handbook, the Preliminary Certification Decision, along with the Application Reviewer’s report and (if prepared) report of the Executive Director, will be posted on the Institute’s Web page for 30 days, beginning May 12, 2017 and ending on June 11, 2017. Notice of the posting will be provided to all individuals or organizations that commented on the initial Application Package.
Any Commenter may submit a letter to the Executive Director requesting an appeal within the 30-day period. The appeal request must state specific reasons why the hydropower facility should have failed one or more criteria. Only individuals or organizations that commented on the initial Application Package may file an appeal. Further information about the LIHI appeal process is available in the LIHI Handbook, available at https://lowimpacthydro.org/certification-program-html/.
If no appeal is requested within the 30-day period, the Executive Director will issue LIHI Certification for the facility and post a notification of certification on the Institute’s website. Once final, the effective certification date for the Slack Dam Project is February 28, 2016 for an eight (8) year term, which will expire on February 28, 2024.
March 13, 2017: LIHI received a comment letter from Eric Davis of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the recertification of the Slack Dam project. The letter can be found in the Files section below.
March 8, 2017: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Slack Dam 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 Slack Dam 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Slack Dam 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 May 7, 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.
December 16, 2016: The Slack Dam Project has been granted a third extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is July 31, 2017. See the extension letter for explanation below.
September 9, 2016: The Slack Dam Project has been granted an additional extension of the current certificate term as it prepares to apply for a new term. The new expiration date is December 31, 2016. See the extension letter for explanation below.
December 22, 2015: The Slack Dam Project has been granted an extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is August 26, 2016. See the extension letter for explanation below.
October 27, 2011: The Slack Dam Hydroelectric Project has been certified as low impact for a five year term, effective February 28, 2011 and expiring February 28, 2016.
April 28, 2011: Public comment period has been closed.
February 28, 2011: Springfield Hydroelectric Company has submitted an application for the certification of the Slack Dam Project. Public comment period will be open for 60 days.
- Slack Dam_Recertification Review_Final Report_05102017
- E. Davis comment letter_re: fish passage
- Slack Dam_LIHI Recertification Application
- Slack Dam_Extension of Term to 7/31/17
- Letter Granting Extension of term to December 31, 2016
- Letter Granting Extension of Term to August 26, 2016
- Slack Dam 2011 Certification Review
- Slack Dam Questionnaire – 2011
- VT Confirmation of Water Quality Certificate – 2011
- 2010 Attachment 3 – FERC Exemption 1985
- 2010 Attachment 2 – Project Description