SECTION 1. Subclause (i) of clause (6) of subsection (6) of section 11Fof Chapter 25A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 62, after the words “having oversight and jurisdiction over hydropower facilities;”, the following words:- (“Environmental Standards”) and in any case in which pursuant to action initiated with or by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after January 1, 1992 the FERC either reviewed and approved the new facility or increased capacity or efficiency at an existing facility, or issued an order with respect to increased capacity or efficiency improvements to revise the authorized installed capacity at an existing facility, where the operation of such increased capacity or efficiency does not exceed the maximum discharge of the original turbine or turbines, then such new facility or increased capacity or efficiency at each such existing facility shall be deemed to have satisfied the Environmental Standards, defined above, and except as limited by subclause (ii), shall be certified as a Class I renewable energy generating source, without further review;
SECTION 2. Clause (6) of subsection (d) of section 11F of said Chapter 25A, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking clause (6) and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-
(6) energy generated by existing hydroelectric facilities, provided that, (i) each such existing facility shall meet appropriate and site-specific standards that address adequate and healthy river flows, water quality standards, fish passage and protection measures and mitigation and enhancement opportunities in the impacted watershed as determined by the department in consultation with relevant state and federal agencies having oversight and jurisdiction over hydropower facilities (“Environmental Standards”), provided that: (a) in any case in which an existing facility operates under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) jurisdiction pursuant to action initiated with or by the FERC after January 1, 1992, such existing facility shall be deemed to have satisfied the Environmental Standards, defined above, and except as limited by the subclause (iii), shall be certified as a Class II renewable energy generating source without further review; or (b) in any case in which an existing facility, with FERC nameplate capacity greater than 1 MW, operating under FERC jurisdiction, pursuant to action initiated with or by and approved by the FERC prior to January 1, 1992, the department may, by appropriate means, determine that such existing facility meets the Environmental Standards; (ii) existing, FERC regulated facilities, with FERC nameplate capacity of 1 MW or less shall be certified as Class II renewable energy generating sources, without further review of Environmental Standards, as defined above; and (iii) provided further, that only energy from existing facilities up to 5 megawatts shall be considered renewable energy and no such facility shall involve pumped storage of water;
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