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VT Low-Impact Hydropower Screening

posted Apr 2, 2014, 9:10 AM by Lyn Munno

The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD), Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), and Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) are developing an interagency MOU aimed at assisting hydropower developers with understanding the hydropower permitting process and receiving timely and coordinated agency feedback on potential projects. As part of these efforts, developers – through PSD as a central point of contact – will have the opportunity to apply for enhanced assistance, especially a coordinated interagency site visit and feedback early in project development, for projects that meet  certain screening criteria.


Interested parties may provide written comments and input on the draft screening criteria by May 15, 2014. There will also be an in-person meeting to enable discussion between agencies and stakeholders and to allow for verbal feedback on April 29, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. in the Calvin Coolidge Room at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier.

Phone number to participate remotely: 1-877-273-4202  #8070226 (do NOT use the phone number provided by GoToWebinar).   Register here to join the webinar (for shared viewing of documents).

DRAFT Stakeholder Meeting Format

  1. Welcome and Introductions (1-1:10)
  2. Summary of Act 165 report, interagency hydro MOU, and proposed developer assistance program (1:10-1:20)

  3. Review of draft screening criteria (1:20-1:45)

  4. Input from stakeholders on draft screening criteria (1:45-2:30)

  5. Discussion (2:30-2:50)

  6. Next steps (2:50-3:00)

  7. Adjourn (3:00)

Submitted by Anne Margolis, Renewable Energy Development Manager, Planning and Energy Resources Division, Vermont Public Service Department, 802-828-3058,