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|RAPID/Hydropower/Colorado/Power Plant +||To qualify as a “low-impact” project the project must meet the following criteria: *Utilize existing infrastructure; *No significant changes to current operation of infrastructure; *No new stream diversions (this also means the developer cannot draw a larger quantity of water, or more often from existing diversions); *Minimal or easily mitigated effects on water quality, fish passage, threatened or endangered species, and cultural or recreational resource; And meet all requirements for a FERC Conduit Exemption or 10MW Exemption: '''Conduit Exemption''' *Built on a conduit or other water infrastructure primarily for non-power purposes; *Issued in perpetuity; *15 MW or less for non-municipal projects and 40 MW or less for municipal projects; *Power facility located entirely on non-federal lands; *Subject to mandatory fish and wildlife conditions (section 30(c) conditions); *Categorically exempt from National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) analysis, although Environmental Assessment needed in some circumstances; and *Boundary is only around power facility. '''10 MW Exemption''' *Built at an existing dam or uses a natural water feature; *Issued in perpetuity; *5 MW or less; *If the project exists, must add capacity; *Subject to mandatory fish and wildlife conditions (section 30(c) conditions); *Require National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) analysis *Project boundary is same as a licensed project (include dam and reservoir); and *The applicant (developer) must possess all real property rights at the time of the filing unless on federal land. [[Title 18 CFR 4 Licenses, Permits, Exemptions, and Determination of Project Costs|18 CFR § 4.30(a)(28)]]; [[Title 16 USC 823a Conduit Hydroelectric Facilities|16 USC § 823a]] as amended by the [[Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013]]; [[Colorado Energy Office: Colorado Small Hydropower Handbook|Colorado Small Hydropower Handbook, at 6]]. +|
|RAPID/Hydropower/Vermont/Power Plant +||Proposals for new hydroelectric projects, in Vermont, that meet the [[Vermont Small Hydropower Assistance Program Screening Criteria Summary and Application Instructions|Small Hydropower Screening Criteria]] for limited resource impacts may be eligible for the [[Vermont Small Hydropower Assistance Program Overview| Vermont Small Hydropower Assistance Program]]. A developer must demonstrate that the project meets all of the following criteria to qualify for a multi-agency site visit: #The project will not be located on Class A waters, Outstanding Resource Waters, or federal or state protected river reaches. A list of Class A and Outstanding Resource Waters is available on the [[Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Natural Resources Atlas]]; #The project will be located at an existing dam, or the project will not require a dam or other impoundment; #The project will be located on lands controlled by the applicant (developer) or will otherwise demonstrate support from adjoining landowners; #The project will not increase the impoundment elevation; #The project will be operated as a true run-of river project. “A true run-of-river project is one which does not operate out of storage and, therefore, does not artificially regulate streamflows below the project’s trailrace. Outflow from the project is equal to inflow to the project’s impoundment on an instantaneous basis.” [[Vermont Small Hydropower Assistance Program Screening Criteria Summary and Application Instructions]]; #The project will have proposed bypass flows that will meet hydrologic standards as defined by the [[Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Procedure for Determining Acceptable Minimum Stream Flows]] and [[Questions and Answers on the New England Flow Policy]]. OR #Where the project creates virtually no bypass (tailrace discharges at the dam or into plunge pool close to the dam such that adequate circulation is maintained) and will have a spillage proposal of at least 7Q10 drought flow. “7Q10 refers to the lowest average streamflow expected to occur for seven consecutive days with an average frequency of once in ten years. If the stream is a gaged stream, ANR can supply this statistic. If not, use 0.1 csm, the statewide value.” [[Vermont Small Hydropower Assistance Program Screening Criteria Summary and Application Instructions]]. +|