Harrington Park, New Jersey (May 8, 2017) – LIHI Executive Director Shannon Ames announced a Preliminary Certification Decision that the Vergennes Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. P-2674) satisfies the LIHI Certification Criteria. The certification includes one facility-specific condition, as follows:

Condition 1.  The owner shall consult with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to determine appropriate procedures to verify Run-of-River (RoR) operations at the Vergennes facility.  Within 180 days after certification, the owner shall provide LIHI with documentation describing the agreed-upon procedures and then implement those procedures within the first year of LIHI certification.  In the first annual compliance report to LIHI, the owner shall summarize the initial results from RoR verification.  If RoR verification activities continue beyond the first year of certification, then the owner shall report on the results annually.

As provided for in Section 4.2.5 of the LIHI 2nd 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.  Only individuals or organizations that commented on the initial Application Package may file an appeal.  Further information about the LIHI appeal process is available in the LIHI Handbook, available at https://lowimpacthydro.org/certification-program-html/.

If no appeal is requested within the 30-day period which ends on June 8, 2017, 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 Vergennes Project is December 30, 2016 for a five (5) year term, which will expire on December 30, 2021.