The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife began the difficult task of removing Steller sea lions from the Columbia River last fall, and is set to resume operations to capture and kill those that venture up the river to feed on salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. Read More

TransAlta announced Feb. 4 that President and CEO Dawn Farrell will retire March 31 after leading the company for almost a decade. John Kousinioris, COO and president of subsidiary TransAlta Renewables, will succeed her. In a statement, Farrell said, she was proud of the company's "momentous… Read More

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The Southwest Power Pool launched its new energy imbalance services market on Feb. 1 with some key Western utilities participating, but at least one new member—Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association—says the move is a placeholder until it joins a regional transmission organization. Read More

At a fraction of historical numbers, Snake River sockeye, Chinook and steelhead are all listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and were among the first fish in the Columbia Basin to be listed, some listings dating back to 1991. Read More

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson's multibillion-dollar plan to end the decades-long legal battle over salmon restoration in the Columbia Basin is a "staggering proposition" that could reshape the energy landscape in the Pacific Northwest and bring an end to nearly two decades of litigation. Read More

A group of automakers, including Toyota and Fiat Chrysler, on Feb. 2 announced withdrawal of their intervention in litigation to support the Trump administration's stance on tailpipe emissions standards. A broad automakers group called for national tailpipe standards "roughly midway" between… Read More