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Water Power West

Water Power West is the premier independent news journal of hydroelectricity and other water-powered energy resources in Western North America.

Published since 2004 as Relicensing Review and under its new name since late 2016, Water Power West covers a broad and expanding range of topics: policies, regulation, legislation, hydro relicensing, new and proposed developments, legal proceedings, emerging technologies, weather and climate conditions, and more.

With new issues every other month, Water Power West highlights meaningful developments relevant to water-powered energy around the region. The newsletter is targeted for readers with a professional interest in power generation from moving water, and is written and edited by a team of skilled, experienced energy journalists.

Water Power West will keep you well-informed on key regional news and information about what remains a major source of U.S. renewable energy. While the era of big, new Western dams is largely gone, hydro remains an important energy resource throughout the West, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

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[September 12, 2017 / No. 6]

Seismic Restrictions Lead to ‘Poor’ Rating for Edison’s Agnew Lake Dam

Southern California Edison is nearing completion of a project to bolster the seismic safety of its Agnew Lake Dam in a remote part of Mono County. Edison expects the work, when completed, will also raise the dam’s condition-assessment rating. Edison’s current work at the dam work will allow water to flow through notches in the bottom of the dam at times of heavy inflows. The dam was given a ‘poor’ rating because Edison had to pump water out of the reservoir last winter, a condition the current work will alleviate.

Proposed Pumped-Storage Projects Could Support Renewables Integration

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering a bevy of pumped storage projects, including two from Gridflex Energy, a Boise, Idaho-based hydropower developer. Gridflex preliminary permit applications for the White Pine Pumped Storage Project in Nevada and the Bison Peak Pumped Storage Project in California. Also is the wings is Nevada Hydro’s controversial Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage project.

Pending Sale Opens Discussion About Local Ownership of Juneau Utility

Juneau residents are debating the future of Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. following the July 19 announcement that Canadian utility Hydro One agreed to buy AEL&P’s parent company, Avista Corp., for roughly $5.3 billion.Some residents would like AEL&P—one of the lowest-cost utilities in Alaska, according to Avista—to be locally owned and managed. Although Hydro One has said the utility will continue to operate independently, local residents still have questions, and some would like to pursue local ownership of the utility.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • Northwest Fires Grow; Hydro, Transmission Operators Remain Cautious
  • California Hydroelectric Facilities Power Through Drought
  • With Quorum Reinstated, FERC Gets Back to Business

       ...And Much More!

Water Power West is available as part of Energy NewsData's Dispatch package-subscription service. Several other subscription options are also available, as are trial samples.

Please contact Client Services Manager John Malinowski for inquiries on subscriptions or trial samples:; 206-285-4848 x. 203.

For more information on Water Power West, including editorial content and other non-subscription matters, please contact Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Mark Ohrenschall (; 206-285-4848 x 204) or Editor Mavis Scanlon (; (415) 963-4439 x 12).

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