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


    n/a

    Ohio River

    OH, WV

    Review in process. Public Comment period ends October 18, 2021

    n/a

    LaChute River

    NY

    Review in process. Public Comment period ends October 4, 2021

    64

    Contoocook River

    NH

    Review in process. Public Comment period ended September 14, 2021

    22

    Black Bear Creek

    AK

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends October 16, 2021

    Pending 184

    n/a - conduit facility

    MA

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends October 2, 2021

    82

    Newfound River

    NH

    Review in process. Public Comment period ended August 21, 2021

    19

    Westfield River

    MA

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends October 17, 2021

    80

    Deerfield River

    MA

    Review in process. Public Comment period ended August 6, 2021

    183

    Penobscot River, West Branch

    ME

    Final Decision September 7, 2021

    128

    Otter Creek

    VT

    Final Decision September 7, 2021

    54

    Nashua River

    NH

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ended September 3, 2021

    58, 59, 60

    Messalonskee Stream

    ME

    Final Decision August 27, 2021

    77

    Winooski River

    VT

    Final Decision August 27, 2021

    182

    Saco River

    ME

    Final Decision August 19, 2021

    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

    American River

    CA

    Public comment period closed, awaiting additional information