Pending Applications

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

  6. Cert No.

    Project Name

    River

    State

    Review Status

    31

    Boulder Creek

    MT

    Review in process. Public Comment period ends June 13, 2021

    77

    Winooski River

    VT

    Review in process. Public Comment period ends May 24, 2021

    126

    Susquehanna River

    PA

    Review in process. Public comment period ends May 1, 2021

    73

    Deschutes River

    OR

    Review in process. Public comment period ends May 1, 2021

    n/a

    Magalloway River

    ME

    Review in process. Public comment period ends April 30, 2021

    72

    Messalonskee Stream

    ME

    Review in process. Public comment period ends April 24, 2021.

    125

    Millers River

    MA

    Review in process. Public comment period ends April 24, 2021.

    74

    French River

    CT

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends May  8, 2021.

    119

    Westfield River

    MA

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends April 18, 2021.

    n/a

    Saco River

    ME

    Review in process. Public comment period ended March 12, 2021.

    71

    Columbia River

    WA

    Final Decision April 8, 2021

    121

    Merrimack

    MA

    Review in process. Public comment period ended February 16, 2021.

    67, 66

    Penobscot River, Stillwater Branch

    ME

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends April 17, 2021.

    65

    Penobscot River, West Branch

    ME

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends April 17, 2021.

    90

    Deerfield River

    VT, MA

    Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information.

    n/a

    Cobbosseecontee Stream

    ME

    Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information.

    40

    Connecticut River

    NH, VT

    Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information.

    n/a

    Ohio River

    OH, WV

    Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information.