LIHI certifies two small hydropower plants to end 2013

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute’s governing board awarded low-impact certification status to two projects in December.

Included are the Methuen Falls hydroelectric plant, located on the Spicket River in Methuen, Mass., and the Indian Orchard plant, located on the Chicopee River in Ludlow, Mass.

Each certification is valid for five years, during which time operators of each project must comply with a number of LIHI obligations.

The 357-kW Methuen Falls plant is owned by the Olson Electric Development Company Inc. Meanwhile, Indian Orchard is a 3.7 MW project owned by Essential Power LLC.

LIHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts pursuant to the institute’s criteria.

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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