LIHI awards certification to six hydroelectric projects

CLATSKANIE, Ore., U.S. 11/15/11 (PennWell) -- The Low Impact Hydropower Institute’s governing board recently announced that the 15-MW Arrowrock Hydroelectric Project met the LIHI certification criteria, making the Oregon-based facility the latest on a list that has grown substantially over the past weeks.

The six projects recently receiving certification are:

-- Arrowrock Hydroelectric Project in Clatskanie, Ore. The Arrowrock project, owned by the Clatskanie Peoples Utility District, is certified for five years, effective April 30. Releases from this dam are made by the Bureau of Reclamation for flood control and irrigation purposes. The project is allowed to shape the flows that Reclamation determines to release on a daily basis only.

-- Gardner Falls Hydroelectric in Buckland Mass. The Gardner Falls project, owned by North American Energy Alliance LLC, is certified for five years. The facility is equipped with four turbine-generating units with a total capacity of 3.58 MW.

-- Benton Falls Hydroelectric Project Benton, Maine. The Benton Falls project is owned by Benton Falls Associatses L.P., and is located on the lower reaches of the Sebasticock River. The plant’s two turbines have a combined total rated capacity of almost 4.5 MW. Certification will last for five years so long as the facility is able to show adherence to LIHI’s fish passage and protection criteria.

-- Black River Dam Project in Springfield, Vt. The Black River Dam project, owned by the Springfield Hydroelectric Company, received a five year certification. The facility was constructed in 1986 and has an installed capacity of 400 kW.

-- Winooski 8 Project in East Montpelier, Vt. The Wisnooski 8 Project, owned by the Wisnooski Hydroelectric Company, was awarded a five-year certification. The facility was originally constructed in 1908, but it was reconstructed in 1985 with an installed capacity of 930 kW.

-- Henry M. Jackson Project in Snohomish County, Wash. The Henry M. Jackson project, located on the Sultan River, is owned by Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County. The facility is home to two 60-kW turbine-generators and will receive an eight-year certification, pending Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing.

In addition, the West Dudley project on the Quinebaug River near Dudley, Mass., received LIHI certification in October.

The voluntary LIHI program is designed to help consumers identify environmentally sound, low-impact hydropower facilities. Certification under the program means the owner can market the project as a certified low-impact facility.

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