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 Facility. Certification from the Institute may also qualify the power produced for other “green” energy certification programs.

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 River State(s) Review Status
7 Beaver River Beaver River NY Review in process. Public comment period open August 7, 2018 – October 6, 2018.
96 Red Bridge Chicopee MA Review in process. Public comment period open August 7, 2018 – October 6, 2018.
10 Worumbo Androscoggin ME Preliminary Decision – appeal period ends October 13, 2018
N/A Opal Springs Crooked River OR Review in process. Public comment period closed.
N/A Emeryville Oswegatchie NY Preliminary Decision – appeal period ends October 6, 2018
98 Weybridge Otter Creek VT Review in process. Public comment period closed.
N/A Brooklyn Dam Upper Ammonoosuc River NH Review in process. Public comment period closed.
N/A Willow Island Ohio River OH Review in process, awaiting additional information. Public comment period closed.
99 Middlebury Lower Otter Creek VT Review in process, awaiting additional information. Public comment period closed.
N/A Essex 19 Winooski River VT Review in process, awaiting additional information. Public comment period closed.
95 Passumpsic Passumpsic River VT Preliminary Decision – appeal period ends October 6, 2018