LIHI Certificate #99 - Middlebury Lower Project, Vermont
|Project Name||Middlebury Lower|
|LIHI Certificate No.||99|
|LIHI Certificate Term||February 6, 2017 - February 5, 2022|
|Owner||Green Mountain Power Corporation|
|Location||Located at river mile 24.7 on the Lower Falls of the Otter Creek, roughly one mile downstream from Middlebury Village in the towns of Middlebury and Weybridge in Addison County, Vermont.|
|Installed Capacity||2.04 MW|
|Average Annual Generation||8,643 MWH|
|FERC No.||P-2737 issued 2001, expires 2031|
May 15, 2019: The decision to recertify the Middlebury Lower Hydroelectric Project is final. No appeals were received during the appeal period which closed on May 11, 2019. The new certification term for the Project is from February 6, 2017 through February 5, 2022.
April 10, 2019: The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Middlebury Lower Hydroelectric Project, LIHI Certificate #99 for a new 5-year term with the following condition:
- Condition 1: The Facility owner shall refine the Project’s operations plan in consultation with VDEC to seek to minimize the effects of Project shutdown on head pond fluctuation and spill rates, and shall develop drawdown rate procedures for water level and flow management during maintenance and repair activities for the protection of state-listed freshwater mussel species. The revised operations plan shall be submitted to LIHI within 60 days of approval. If consultation and plan refinement are not completed by December 31, 2019, the Facility owner shall provide a status update 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Middlebury Lower 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 May 11, 2019. The full application and reviewers report are available below.
November 12, 2018: The Middlebury Lower Hydroelectric project has been granted another extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is March 31, 2019.
June 11, 2018: The Middlebury Lower Hydroelectric project has been granted another extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is December 31, 2018.
August 31, 2017: The Middlebury Lower Hydroelectric project has been granted another extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is March 31, 2018.
May 17, 2017: LIHI has received an application for a new term of Low Impact Certification for the Middlebury Lower Hydroelectric project. LIHI is seeking public comment on this application. Specifically, we are interested in knowing whether you think the Middlebury Lower 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 “Middlebury Lower 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 July 16, 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 Middlebury Lower Hydroelectric project has been granted an extension of the current certificate term. The new expiration date is August 6, 2017. See extension letter for explanation below.
November 29, 2012: The Middlebury Lower 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: Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) has submitted an application for the certification of its Middlebury Lower Project. Public comment period on application has opened.
- Middlebury Lower Recertification Application 2018
- Middlebury Lower Recertification Review Report 2018
- CVPS Middlebury Lower and Weybridge Certification Questionnaire 2012
- Middlebury Lower Certification Review Report 2012
- Middlebury Lower and Weybridge Environmental Assessment 2000
- Weybridge FERC Order Minimum Flow 2008
- Middlebury Lower_OperationsMiddlebury Lower Recreation
- Window Replacement Memorandum of Agreement to FERC
- Middlebury Lower and Weybridge - Responses
- Middlebury Lower and Weybridge - Project Description
- Middlebury Lower and Weybridge - Licenses
- Middlebury Lower and Weybridge - Resource Agency Contacts