PacifiCorp hydro project in Idaho gets low impact hydropower certification

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has awarded PacifiCorp’s Bear River Hydroelectric Project LIHI certification, LIHI reported.

LIHI certification for the Bear River Hydroelectric Project, located on Idaho’s Bear River, is granted for 5-year term. The Soda, Grace and Oneida hydro plants are operated under the FERC license for the Bear River project. The hydro plants have a combined capacity of 77 megawatts.

Other recently-certified projects include: Clark Fork Hydroelectric Project in Idaho and Montana; Arkansas River Dam No. 2 Hydroelectric Project in Arkansas; the Alternatives Hydroelectric Project on the Mumford River in Massachusetts; and the Penacook Upper Hydroelectric Project located on the Contoocook River in New Hampshire.

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute 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 Low Impact Hydropower 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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