Lexington MA (May 1, 2018): The Oswego River Hydroelectric project has received preliminary approval for a new 5-year term of Low Impact Certification.  The Certification includes one facility-specific condition carried over from the prior Certification and slightly modified, as follows:

Condition 1:  The Owner shall provide an annual summary report along with its annual compliance letter to LIHI, describing operational experience with river flows and reservoir levels over the past year, any significant flow events that occurred leading to any FERC-reportable deviations from flow requirements at the Oswego River Project, any collaboration with other river users, and any agency consultation and corrective actions taken in the ongoing efforts to reduce flow excursions at the Project which may be due to factors beyond the Owner’s control.

As provided for in the LIHI 2nd Edition Certification Handbook, the Preliminary Decision, along with the Application Reviewer’s report and (if prepared) report of the Executive Director, will be posted on the Institute’s web page for the Project for 30 days during which time those who provided comments during the application’s 60-day public comment period can appeal the decision. Any appeal must include specific reasons why the appellant believes the hydropower facility does not meet one or more criteria. Appeal requests can be submitted by email to comments@lowimpacthydro.org with “Oswego River 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 and the applicant will have an opportunity to respond. Any response will also be posted. Requests must be received by 5 pm Eastern time on May 31, 2018. 

If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the new term for the Oswego River project will be December 7, 2017 through December 6, 2022.