Lexington, MA (February 8, 2019): On February 7, 2019, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved Low Impact Certification for the Kingsley Dam Hydroelectric Project, LIHI Certificate #37 for a new 8-year term with the following condition:

Condition 1:  Since the final actions pertaining to the erosion concerns at Lake McConaughy are not yet completed, the facility Owner shall provide to LIHI by August 31, 2019 a summary of agency and public consultation related to proposed project boundary changes at Lake McConaughy, the outcome of that consultation, and a copy of the annual boundary review report provided to FERC (due by July 31). The facility Owner shall also submit FERC’s final decision regarding the relevant project boundary changes to LIHI within 30 days of issuance.

This decision is preliminary pending the 30-day appeal window. Only those who commented on the initial application during the 60-day comment period are eligible to file an appeal. Such appeal needs to include an explanation as to how the Project does not meet the LIHI criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Kingsley Dam Hydroelectric Project” in the subject line, or by mail addressed to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, 329 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 2, Lexington, MA 02420. All requests will be posted to the website.  The applicant will have an opportunity to respond and any response will also be posted. Requests must be received by 5 pm Eastern time on March 10, 2019.  The full application and reviewers report are available HERE.

If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the new certification term for the Project will be May 22, 2018, 2018 through May 21, 2026.