Liverpool, NY, May 17, 2006 — Brookfield Power and the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) jointly announced that Brookfield Power’s Salmon River Project in upstate New York earned Low Impact Hydropower Institute certification.
According to the company, it is the first project in New York to receive an eight-year LIHI certification, versus the typical five-year recognition.
Brookfield Power’s Salmon River Project consists of two existing hydropower plants — Bennetts Bridge and Lighthouse Hill — located in the towns of Redfield and Orwell, NY. The two facilities are situated upstream approximately 18 and 17 miles, respectively, from where the river meets Lake Ontario. The installed capacity of the Salmon River Project is nearly 30 megawatts at Bennetts Bridge and 7.5 megawatts at Lighthouse Hill.
According to Fred Ayer, executive director of LIHI, “The project is consistent with LIHI criteria.”
“I also recommended that the Salmon River Project’s LIHI certification be extended by three years — for a total of eight years — based on its consistency with LIHI’s watershed protection criteria. In this case, Brookfield Power has designated a buffer zone for conservation purposes, as well as the company-financed Salmon River Enhancement Fund, which sets aside money for environmental and recreational projects within the Salmon River Corridor,” Ayer added.
In 2003 and 2004, Brookfield Power received LIHI certification for 24 of its New York hydropower facilities. By adding the two Salmon River facilities, 26 out of 72 hydropower facilities Brookfield Power owns and operates in New York State have LIHI certification. Total capacity of the LIHI-certified facilities is nearly 260 megawatts.
To receive the certification, Brookfield Power had to demonstrate that its projects met LIHI’s eight, environmentally rigorous, low impact criteria addressing: river flows, water quality, fish passage and protection, watershed protection, threatened and endangered species protection, cultural resources, recreation use and access, and whether or not the dam itself has been recommended for removal.
Brookfield Power successfully completed LIHI’s application process, which included a public comment period, review by an independent technical consultant, consultations with state and federal resource agencies, and evaluation by the LIHI Governing Board, which includes leaders in the river conservation and renewable energy fields.
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