Lexington MA (September 6, 2018): On September 4, 2018, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Emeryville Hydroelectric Project.

This decision is preliminary pending the 30-day appeal window. Only those who commented in 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 projects do not meet the LIHI criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Emeryville 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 and 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 October 6, 2018.  The full application and reviewers report are available HERE.

If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the Certification term for the Emeryville Project will be July 10, 2018 through July 9, 2023.

Lexington, Mass. (February 20, 2018) –  The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has received a complete application from KEI (USA) Power Management Inc. for the Low Impact Certification of the Emeryville Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2850), owned by KE Emeryville LLC.  The project is located at river mile 70 on the Oswegatchie River in the town of Fowler, St. Lawrence County, New York and is the ninth hydroelectric development location upstream from the confluence with the St. Lawrence River.

LIHI is seeking comment on the Emeryville application for certification. 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 comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Emeryville 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 at the Institute on or before 5 pm Eastern time on April 21, 2018 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.

Project Description

The Emeryville Project includes a 16.7-foot-high, 185-foot-long dam with a 176-foot-long concrete spillway equipped with 2.4-foot-high flashboards; a 35-acre impoundment; a 60-foot-long by 14-foot-diameter steel penstock leading to the powerhouse which contains a single horizontal axial flow turbine with a rated capacity of 3,449 kilowatts (kW), a maximum hydraulic capacity of 1,470 cubic feet per second (cfs), and a net head of 32 feet.  The project creates a 229-foot-long bypassed reach with a year-round minimum flow of 20 cfs in the bypassed reach.  Operations are run-of-river with monitoring the impoundment elevation with a headpond sensor and automatically adjusting turbine discharge to maintain a normal impoundment elevation.  The project boundary includes nearly 46 acres and extends approximately 1 mile upstream of the dam and approximately 360 feet downstream of the powerhouse.  The Licensee operates and maintains recreational facilities at the project, including two boat ramps that provide access to the impoundment and tailrace, a canoe portage trail, and a picnic area.

2018 Certification