The Essex Partnership provided technical and process support for theÂ certificationÂ of several hydropower projects with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) and State Public Utility Control Commissions (PUC). LIHI certification is an eligibility requirement to participate in Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) markets in many states. Essex quantified incrementalÂ generation gainsÂ resulting from qualifying upgrades and supported the demonstration of these improvements with multiple State PUCâ€™s for participation in the REC market. The result was the creation of new environmental attribute revenue streams (RECâ€™s) and â€œgreenâ€ branding (LIHI certification) for each project.
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