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(s)

    Review Status

    119

    Westfield River

    MA

    Review in process. Public comment period ends March 13, 2021.

    n/a


    Saco River

    ME

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

    71

    Columbia River

    WA

    Review in process. Public comment period ends February 19, 2021.

    121

    Merrimack
    MA

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

    67

    Penobscot River, Stillwater Branch

    ME

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

    66

    Penobscot River, Stillwater Branch

    ME

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

    65

    Penobscot River, West Branch

    ME

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

    90

    Deerfield River

    VT, MA

    Review in process. Public comment period ends January 29, 2021.

    Pending 178

    Sandy Stream

    ME

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends February 19, 2021.

    27

    West Branch St. Regis River

    NY

    Preliminary Decision. Appeal period ends February 5, 2021

    177

    Hudson River

    NY

    Final Decision December 21, 2020

    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