The Aesthetics Flows Guide (pdf) provides a common framework for requesting, designing, or reviewing flow-aesthetics studies, and reviews specific methods for conducting those studies in a hydropower licensing or water adjudication proceedings to protect aesthetics values of rivers.
Visit this website to learn about the effects of dams on rivers and the environment. It also explains how dams and hydropower projects can be operated differently to reduce their adverse impacts.
The Hydropower Licensing Guide first published in 2005 has been updated. The update includes addition of 2005 EPAct Hearing provisions under the Integrated Licensing Process as well as reorganization of Appendices.
Earlier this week, the end of Fort Halifax dam in Maine marked the beginning of a free flowing Sebasticook river. Huge excavators started tearing down the 29 ft-high dam, that had been there for a century, paving way for habitat for several mussel and fish species.
On July 3, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute's board certified the Oswego River Project , on the Oswego River, New York as a "low-impact" hydropower project. Similarly, the Worumbo project on the Androscoggin River, Maine was also recertified.
FERC has certified the Rumford Falls project on the Androscoggin River in Maine for renewable energy production tax credit. According to the licensee, a subsidiary of Brookfield Power, upgrading of runners at the lower station is underway and scheduled to be completed by the end of June. The upgrades will result in efficiency improvements by 3.2% and an additional generation of 8569 MWh.The Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows efficiency improvements in hydropower facilities to be eligible for tax credits.