Utah’s 12-MW Jordanelle wins low-impact certification

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute has certified the Central Utah Water Conservancy District’s 12-MW Jordanelle Dam project on the Provo River as �low-impact� hydropower.

The project, under construction at a Bureau of Reclamation dam near Heber City, Utah, is scheduled to enter operation in June. The project is being built under a lease of power privilege from the Department of Interior. Central Utah plans to sell project power to Heber Light &Power, a municipal utility. (HNN 9/8/06)

Portland-based LIHI certified Jordanelle Dam in December. The voluntary program is designed to help consumers identify environmentally sound, low-impact facilities for emerging �green� energy markets.

To receive LIHI certification, an applicant must demonstrate its project meets criteria addressing river flows, water quality, fish passage and protection, watershed health, endangered species protection, cultural resources, recreation use and access, and whether the dam is recommended for removal. (HNN 10/24/07)

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