PORTLAND, Maine 2/13/12 (PennWell) -- Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) has submitted applications for certification of four hydroelectric projects, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) announces.
Each is part of CVPS' Passumpsic River Hydroelectric Project. The four for which the company is seeking certification are:
-- The Pierce Mills Project. The 250-kW Pierce Mills Project was constructed in 1917-1919 by Twin State Gas & Electric Company before being destroyed by floods in 1927. The plant was rebuilt in 1928.
-- The Arnold Falls Project. The 350-kW Arnold Falls Project was built in 1928 by Twin State Gas & Electric Company and is downstream of Pierce Mills.
-- The Gage Project. The 700-kW Gage Project was constructed in 1919-1920 by Twin State Gas & Electric Company. The dam was destroyed in the 1927 floods, but the powerhouse was largely undamaged.
-- The Passumpsic Project. The 700-kW Passumpsic Project is the furthest downstream and was built in 1906 by St. Johnsbury Electric Company. The powerhouse was destroyed by flooding in 1927 but rebuilt in 1929.
LIHI is a non-profit organization that uses its voluntary certification program to reduce the impacts of hydropower dams through market incentives. Candidates will be evaluated in criteria including their ecological, economic and social impact.