LIHI Certificate #82 - Newfound Project, New Hampshire
|LIHI Certificate No.||82|
|LIHI Certificate Term||May 13, 2016 - May 13, 2021|
|Owner||KTZ Hydro, LLC, a subsidiary of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, LLC|
|Location||Located on the Newfound River, 175 feet above its confluence with the Pemigewassat River in Bristol, New Hampshire.|
|Installed Capacity||1.5 MW|
|Average Annual Generation||6,115 MWh|
|FERC No.||P-3107 issued 1981, expires 2031|
November 2, 2017: On October 29, 2017, the 30-day appeal window for the preliminary decision to recertify the Newfound Hydroelectric Project ended with no appeals filed. The recertification decision is therefore final.
The term of Low Impact Certification for the Newfound Hydroelectric Project is from May 13, 2016 to May 13, 2021.
September 29, 2017: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Newfound Hydroelectric Project continues to satisfy the LIHI Certification Criteria. The Certification includes four facility specific conditions, as follows:
- Satisfied in part in 2018, satisfied in full in 2020. Condition 1: The Owner shall complete a water quality sampling study during summer 2018 under a study plan approved in advance by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). The study plan shall be filed with NHDES no later than December 31, 2017. A copy of the final study plan shall be filed with LIHI within 30 days of NHDES approval. The data and study report shall be filed with NHDES and LIHI by December 31, 2018. If the Newfound Project is determined to be causing, or contributing to, substandard water quality, a remediation proposal, including an implementation schedule, shall be developed in consultation with NHDES and filed with LIHI by April 1, 2019. Otherwise, the Owner shall file review comments and/or recommendations from NHDES by the same date.
- Condition 2: The Owner shall continue to maintain a minimum flow of 12.7 cfs, or instantaneous inflow if less, through the penstock-bypassed reach of river for the duration of this new LIHI certification.
- Condition 3: The Owner shall continue to maintain systems and protocols necessary to assure compliance with the headpond elevation and flow management limitations of instantaneous run-of-river operation and the release of a minimum bypass flow as specified in Condition No. 2 and to maintain records demonstrating compliance that may be provided to LIHI if requested.
- Condition 4: If a fisheries agency requests or prescribes upstream or downstream fish passage at the Project during the term of the new LIHI certificate, the Owner shall notify LIHI within 30 days of such action and the steps that the Owner is prepared to take to install appropriate passage at the Project dam. In the event that the Owner notifies LIHI that it does not intend to install appropriate passage, or that the Owner cannot reach an agreement with the resource agency, or agencies, as to the nature of this passage, LIHI reserves the right to withdraw its certification should LIHI determine that the Owner’s position is inconsistent with the LIHI fish passage criteria at that time.
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 “Newfound Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 2, Lexington, MA, 02420. Comments must be received at the Institute on or before 5 pm Eastern time on October 29, 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. Once final, the effective certification date for the Newfound Hydroelectric Project is May 13, 2016 for a five (5) year term which will expire on May 13, 2021.Once final, the effective certification date for the Newfound Hydroelectric Project is May 13, 2016 for a five (5) year term which will expire on May 13, 2021.
The Newfound comment period has been extended to February 10, 2017.
December 8, 2016: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Newfound 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 Newfound 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 email@example.com with “Newfound 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 February 8, 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.
November 17, 2011: The Newfound Hydroelectric Project has been certified as low impact for a five year term, effective May 13, 2011 and expiring May 13, 2016.
May 16, 2011: Newfound Hydroelectric Company has submitted an application for the certification of its Newfound Hydroelectric Project. Public comment period on the application will remain open for 60 days.
- Newfound Recertification Review Report 2017
- Application Appendices 2016
- Application Appendix - Sworn Statement
- Application Appendix - Facility Contacts
- Application Appendix - Project Description
- Application Revision - Zones and Standard Selection
- Newfound Certification Review Report 2011
- Newfound Certification Application
- Application Appendix - FERC Order Issuing License 1981
- Application Appendix - Project Location
- Application Appendix - Email to New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Requesting Comments
- Application Appendix - Email to New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife Requesting Comments
- Application Appendix - Email to US Fish and Wildlife Service Requesting Comments
- Application Appendix - New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau Letter 2001
- Application Appendix - New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources Request for Project Review
- Application Appendix - New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources Response
- Application Appendix - New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Water Quality Plan