Lexington, MA (December 7, 2018): On December 5, 2018, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) preliminarily approved the Beaver River Hydroelectric Project for a new 5-year term of Low Impact Certification with the following conditions:
Condition 1: Within 90 days after recertification, EBH will initiate consultation and attempt to schedule a meeting with the USFWS, NYSDEC, HRBRRD, and BRAC to discuss all concerns related to Beaver Lake. The meeting should define a process to adequately identify the causes of fluctuations on Beaver Lake and ultimately seek to alleviate these issues. As part of each annual compliance report to LIHI, EBH should submit a brief report detailing the status of findings and any agreements for actions to be taken.
Condition 2: If prior to six months before the expiration of the Certification term EBH provides more evidence of how the Project meets the PLUS standard for shoreline and watershed protection in all ZOEs including Beaver Lake, LIHI will review that information and determine whether or not to award the PLUS and extend the Certificate term for three additional years.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Beaver 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. 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 January 6, 2019. The full application and reviewers report are available HERE.
If no appeal requests are received and the decision becomes final, the Certification term for the Beaver River Project will be July 16, 2018 through July 15, 2023.