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U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's (R-Idaho) $33.5 billion proposal to breach four lower Snake River dams and compensate those who rely on them became a significant topic at the first public organizational meeting for a new Columbia Basin Collaborative—a draft name for the group initiated by four Nort…

Filings in a long-running lawsuit over fish impacts from Columbia River System Operations are picking up after a hiatus during the 2019-2020 flexible spill agreement, and follow an initial volley on Jan. 20—the eighth complaint in the case—from 10 environmental and fishing groups. Read More

Douglas County PUD commissioners on Feb. 22 awarded the first contract for site work on the utility's renewable hydrogen project, to be located outside of East Wenatchee, Wash. The commissioners also approved a call for bids to supply hydrogen storage tanks. Douglas PUD awarded a contract in… Read More

Weather-inflated Western energy prices continued to moderate this week. While power prices plunged sharply in trading, without the demand support or supply constraints of the prior week, regional natural gas prices leveled off. Read More

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U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's (R-Idaho) $33.5 billion proposal to breach four lower Snake River dams and compensate those who rely on them became a significant topic at the first public organizational meeting for a new Columbia Basin Collaborative—a draft name for the group initiated by four Nort… Read More

Nearing the halfway point of the current 105-day Washington legislative session, several bills promoting Gov. Jay Inslee's ambitious climate agenda are still in play, most having been passed out of policy and fiscal committees by the Feb. 22 deadline and onto the floor for debate and votes. Read More

Jennifer Granholm was sworn in as secretary of energy Feb. 25 after the Senate confirmed her nomination earlier in the day on a 64-35 vote, with all but three Western senators voting to confirm. Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commit… Read More