Low Impact Certification means that the hydropower facility has been found by the Institute to meet or exceed the Institute’s Certification Criteria which address eight key areas: ecological flow regimes, water quality, upstream fish passage, downstream fish passage and protection, shoreline and watershed protection, threatened and endangered species protection, cultural and historic resource protection and recreational resources. Certification is designed to provide consumers with assurance that a facility has avoided or reduced their environmental impacts pursuant to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute’s criteria. Once certified, the owner or operator can market the power from the facility to consumers as produced by a LIHI Certified(R) Facility. Certification from the Institute may also qualify the power produced for other “green” energy certification programs (click on the linked names to learn more about each project).

Application Stages:

  1. Review in Process
  2. Public Comment Period
  3. Preliminary Decision
  4. Appeal Period
  5. Final Decision

Applications Under Review:

Cert No. Project Name

(click on name for hyperlink to Project information)

River State(s) Review Status
118 Webster Pembroke Suncook River NH Review in process. Public comment period ends July 18, 2020.
123 Stevens Mill Winnipesaukee River NH Review in process. Public comment period ends July 11, 2020.
51 Arkansas River Dam No. 2 Arkansas River AR Review in process. Public comment period ends July 6, 2020.
17 Summersville Gauley River WV Review in process. Public comment period ends July 6, 2020.
15  Bowersock Kansas River KS Review in process. Public comment period ends June 26, 2020.
n/a Dwight Chicopee River MA Review in process. Public comment period ends June 12, 2020.
11 Pawtucket Blackstone River RI Review in process. Public comment period ends June 7, 2020.
n/a Cataract Saco River ME Review in process. Public comment period ends June 6, 2020.
45 Farmers Irrigation District Hood River OR Review in process. Public comment period ends May 30, 2020.
109 Prospect No. 3 South Fork, Rogue River OR Review in process. Public comment period ends May 23, 2020.
47 Ware River Ware River MA Preliminary Decision May 1, 2020. Appeals period ends May 31, 2020.
68 Woronoco Westfield River MA Review in process. Public comment period ended April 24, 2020
n/a American Tissue Cobbosseecontee Stream ME Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information
40 Vernon Connecticut River NH, VT Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information
n/a Willow Island Ohio River OH, WV Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information