Twin Cities Hydro Project Seeks LIHI Certification

The twin cities hydropower project located at the Mississippi Lock and Dam No. 1 (P-362) in St. Paul, MN is seeking to be certified as a low-impact project under the Low Impact Hydropower Institute's (LIHI) certification criteria.

The 17.92 MW project was licensed by FERC in November 2004 and is located within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA).

According to the application for certification, the project consists of


November 2008


1. St. Lawrence Hydro Will Receive Production Tax Credits

St. Lawrence Hydroelectric project located on the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA will now receive tax credits for electricity generation because of its recent efficiency upgrades.


FERC Releases FEIS for Holtwood Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposal to increase capacity at the Holtwood hydroelectric project (P-1881) on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.The operator of the project has requested to construct a new powerhouse that would house two turbines and other supplementing generating units thereby increasing the capacity of the project from 107.2 MW to


Tidal barrage projects to require conventional license

Through a letter issued to Tidewater Associates on November 3, FERC has determined that tidal barrage projects do not qualify for a hydrokinetic pilot license but will have to obtain a license as conventional hydropower. This type of technology requires construction of a dam, which is the reason for such a decision by FERC.A tidal barrage project involves building a barrage (dam) across a body of water such as a bay to retain water during tidal events.