Harrington Park, New Jersey (March 8, 2017) – On March 1, 2017, LIHI issued a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Buffalo River Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 1413) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. The Buffalo River certification includes the following condition:

Condition 1. The Owner shall consult the USGS and HFF on how best to adjust flow records on an ongoing basis in order to assure their accuracy. Within 90 days of receipt of the LIHI certification, the Owner shall provide proof of the consultation and a description of the steps that have been taken to correct the problem.

This application was processed under the 2014 edition of the LIHI Handbook because the application materials were received prior to 2016. As provided for in Section 2.14 of the LIHI 2014 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. 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.  If an individual or organization did not comment on the initial Application Package, they may not file an appeal.  Further information about the LIHI appeal process is available in the LIHI Handbook, available HERE.

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 Buffalo River Project is November 28, 2016 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on November 28, 2021.