New York’s 37.6-MW Black River earns low-impact certification

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has certified Brookfield Renewable Power’s 37.6-MW Black River hydroelectric complex in New York as �low impact� hydropower.

The Black River project consists of six developments along the Black River in Jefferson County, N.Y. Five upstream developments are licensed as the 29.6-MW Black River project (No. 2569), while the Beebee Island development is licensed separately as 8-MW Beebee Island (No. 2538).

LIHI’s governing board noted Black River is Brookfield Renewable Power’s seventh application for LIHI certification. The seven projects include 36 dams and a combined installed capacity of more than 300 MW.

The voluntary LIHI program is designed to help consumers identify environmentally sound, low-impact facilities for emerging �green� energy markets. To receive certification, an applicant must demonstrate its project meets a set of environmental criteria addressing such areas as river flows, water quality, fish passage and protection, watershed health, endangered species protection, cultural resources, and recreation use and access.

Since 2001, LIHI has certified nearly three dozen hydro facilities it says demonstrate minimal effects on fish and wildlife, including Brookfield’s 2.2-MW Newton Falls (No. 7000) on the Oswegatchie River, in New York. (HNN 3/28/08)

Brookfield Renewable Power, a subsidiary of Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc., is the successor to Brookfield Power Inc. and its subsidiary, Brookfield Power Corp., which combined March 31 to become Brookfield Renewable Power Inc. (HNN 4/7/08)

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