LIHI Certificate # 91 - Silver Lake Project, Vermont
|Project Name||Silver Lake|
|LIHI Certificate No.||91|
|LIHI Certificate Term||February 6, 2017 - February 5, 2022|
|Owner||Green Mountain Power Corporation|
|Location||Located at river mile 0.25 on Sucker Brook in Goshen, Liecester, and Salisbury, Vermont.|
|Installed Capacity||2.2 MW|
|Average Annual Generation||3,993 MWh (2011-2016 average)|
|Facility Type||Seasonal storage/peaking facility|
|FERC No.||P-11478 issued 2009, expires 2039|
February 12, 2019: The decision to recertify the Silver Lake Hydroelectric Project is final. No appeals were received during the appeal period which closed on February 10, 2019. The new certification term for the Project is from February 6, 2017 through February 5, 2022.
January 11, 2019: On January 10, 2019, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved the Silver Lake Hydroelectric Project for a new 5-year term of Low Impact Certification with the following conditions:
- Condition 1: The facility Owner shall consult with Vermont DEC regarding run-of-river operations, identify any refinements needed to assure run-of-river operations are consistently maintained, and submit the results including agency comments and any operational refinements made in the first annual compliance submittal after Certification. Thereafter, the facility owner shall include a summary of any refinements made in annual compliance submittals to LIHI.
- Condition 2: During the term of this certification, should a resource agency initiate consultation regarding passage or protection measures for migratory fish species, the facility Owner shall notify LIHI within 60 days, provide LIHI with a copy of the request, and the applicant’s response. The facility Owner shall summarize the status of any fish passage measures planned or being implemented in annual compliance submittals to LIHI.
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 email@example.com with “Silver Lake Hydroelectric Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 2, 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 February 10, 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 will be February 6, 2017 through February 5, 2022.
November 12, 2018: The Silver Lake Hydroelectric project has been granted another extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is March 31, 2019.
November 6, 2018: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has received a complete application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Silver Lake Hydroelectric Project (LIHI #91). The Project is located on Sucker Brook in the towns of Leicester and Salisbury, Vermont.
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 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Silver Lake Project Comments” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 2, Lexington, MA 02420. Comments must be received on or before 5 pm Eastern time on January 5, 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.
June 11, 2018: The Silver Lake Hydroelectric project has been granted another extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is December 31, 2018.
November 3, 2017: The Silver Lake Hydroelectric project has been granted another extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is March 31, 2018.
December 16, 2016: The Silver Lake Hydroelectric project has been granted an extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is November 6, 2017. See extension letter for explanation below.
September 9, 2012: The Silver Lake project has been certified as low impact for a five year term, effective February 6, 2012 and expiring February 6, 2017.
April 6, 2012: Public comment period on application has closed.
February 6, 2012: The Central Vermont Public Service Corporation has submitted an application for the certification of the Silver Lake project. Public comment period has been opened.
- Silver Lake Certification Review Report
- Silver Lake Certification Questionnaire
- Silver Lake FERC Order Operations Plan 2011
- Silver Lake - Responses to Questionnaire
- Silver Lake Operations Plan 2010
- Silver Lake Recreation Plan 2009
- Silver Lake FERC Recreation Order
- Silver Lake Recreation Supplement 2010
- Silver Lake Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Fishing Access Approval
- Silver Lake Biological Assessment Threatened and Endangered Species
- Silver Lake FERC Environmental Assessment
- Silver Lake FERC Order and Water Quality Report Plan
- Silver Lake FERC Order and Historic Properties Management Plan