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[CU 1812 / August 11, 2017]
OPUC Declines to Acknowledge PGE’s Renewables and Capacity RFPs
Try as they might, members of the Oregon PUC couldn’t find a way to acknowledge the main supply-side action plans in Portland General Electric’s 2016 integrated resource plan. The commission declined to acknowledge the utility’s plan to acquire 175 aMW of renewables before 2020 and placed a host of modifications on the proposal to acquire 561 MW of capacity. After a marathon meeting on Aug. 8, the commission gave the utility a chance to try again.
Cool Water Still Needed From Dworshak as Fish Continue Migration
With inflows to Dworshak Dam’s reservoir now decreasing—and not much near-term precipitation in sight—the protocol for operations is to begin reducing outflows both over the spillway and through generators. Yet salmon and steelhead migrating in the lower Snake River still need cool water, and so far flows released from Dworshak have kept water temperatures at Lower Granite and Little Goose dams on the lower Snake River mostly below 70 degrees.
Sediment Buildup Complicates Fish Care, Navigation at Lower Granite Dam
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More sediment has built up this summer on the lower Snake River near the Port of Clarkston, Wash., than expected. As a result, a scheduled mooring of a deeper-draft cruise boat on Aug. 15 requires a higher minimum operating pool (MOP) in Lower Granite reservoir, Wanda Keefer, port manager, told a Technical Management Team meeting Aug. 9.
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