Oregon local governments Marion County and the City of Salem say drawdowns at Detroit Dam sought by three environmental groups could shut down the city's water treatment facility, reduce water supply and quality for nearly 200,000 people, impact the county's funding for basic health and safe… Read More

FERC staff on Oct. 30 issued the final environmental assessment for a proposed 5 MW hydro pumped-storage project on the Columbia River, concluding its potential environmental impacts, with "appropriate" protective measures, would not "significantly affect the quality of the human environment." Read More

California ISO launched its expanded reliability coordinator services Nov. 1, making it the RC of record for 41 entities across 14 Western states and northern Mexico. RC West, as it’s called, now has oversight of power grid reliability for balancing authorities and transmission operators in … Read More

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NW Natural has promoted Anna Chittum as director and hired Josh Lieberman as project developer for its newly created renewable resources group, which is tasked with securing renewable natural gas and renewable hydrogen to decarbonize the company's system and ensure a sufficient supply for cu… Read More

Three disputes over state promotion of renewable energy are on the Montana Supreme Court's docket, giving the court's justices huge sway over future clean energy policy. Each of the three cases pit the Montana PSC and NorthWestern Energy against renewable energy developers and advocates. Read More

California utilities were restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customer accounts Oct. 31, after another week of high winds, power outages and wildfires sent residents scrambling and led to a step-up in response efforts from state officials. Read More

NorthWestern Energy reported net income of $21.7 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019. That compares to $28.2 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, during the same period in 2018. The company credited the $6.5 million drop to higher operating costs, mild we… Read More

A split between automakers on regulating tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions broke into the open Oct. 31 when a coalition of manufacturers including Toyota, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler formally moved to intervene on the Trump administration's side in litigation against the administration'… Read More