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Grant County PUD has submitted details of the nominal 5 percent, 27 aMW upgrade of its 1,204 MW Wanapum hydro project for an advisory opinion of its validity under the state's renewables portfolio standard. If granted, the opinion request, filed May 26 with Washington's Department of Commerc…

A newly released NOAA Fisheries strategic plan for the West Coast includes a few issues related to the energy industry, including some arising from offshore energy production and decommissioning hydropower facilities.

NOAA has picked the University of Washington to lead the new Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies, which will conduct foundational research on climate and ocean changes and impacts, help train new NOAA scientists and educate the public about their work.

BPA asked Energy Northwest to throttle output from its 1,207 MW Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant, amid increasing runoff that has increased hydro generation and a weather-driven uptick in wind generation in the federal agency's balancing authority area.

Federal defendants and a fishing group argued in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle against an emergency order to halt commercial Chinook fishing in southeast Alaska this summer in Wild Fish Conservancy v. Barry Thom et al. [20-417]. They said there is …

Jefferson County PUD has refunded a total of $133,750 to thousands of customers in an effort to dull the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The refunds came from deposits required from customers with bad or no credit history, many of whom now struggle to pay their power bills.

Letha Tawney has been nominated by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for a four-year term on the Oregon PUC, effective June 1. This would be the first full term served by Tawney, who filled the remainder of Lisa Hardie's term after Hardie left in May 2018. The state Senate is expected to take up the no…

After revising Part I of the Fish and Wildlife Program 2020 Addendum over the last four months, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council voted to release the draft document for public comment on May 13, and scheduled a public hearing for June 15.

Brent Ridge, Energy Northwest's VP for corporate services and CFO for most of the last decade, has left the joint operating agency, effective May 1, spokeswoman Carla Martinez told Clearing Up. In the four years before he held those posts, Ridge served as ENW's controller and asset manager, …

Even if NorthWestern Energy has to split Puget Sound Energy's share of Colstrip Unit 4 with Talen Energy, NWE customers will save an estimated $41.6 million through 2039, company officials said in documents filed with the Montana PSC.

Douglas County PUD received $250,000 from Washington state for its 5 MW renewable hydrogen production project. The money will be used for design and engineering primarily by RH2 Engineering. The PUD signed a $9.5 million contract with Hydrogenics, as lead contractor, in April. The hydrogen e…

The Western EIM generated $57.9 million benefits in the first quarter of 2020, and avoided curtailing 86,740 MWh of renewable energy during the quarter, the California ISO announced April 30.

Flathead Electric Cooperative's board of trustees voted April 22 to hold rate revenue steady for the second consecutive year, and instead approved a revenue-neutral change to the residential rate through a decrease in the energy charge and an increase in the demand charge.

Due to fishing closures prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, BPA's popular reward program that pays anglers to catch northern pikeminnow in the Snake and Columbia rivers each year will not begin on May 1, as it usually does.

FERC staff recommended, in an environmental assessment issued April 28, granting a new 50-year license to PacifiCorp's 3.9 MW Weber hydroelectric project located near Bountiful, Utah. The original license ran from 1938 to 1970, then the facility operated for the next 20 years under annual li…

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon lacks authority to grant the injunctive relief sought by plaintiffs in WaterWatch of Oregon et al. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers et al. [20-413].

BPA has updated its workshop schedule for the 2022 power and transmission rate cases, and on Phase III issues of the agency's potential entry into the Western EIM. The changes were made in part because of COVID-19 pandemic disruptions to working environments, and in consultation with stakeho…

The EPA has agreed to issue by May 18 a plan that identifies sources of and outlines a plan to address high-temperature problems in the Columbia and Snake rivers, and will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions requiring the agency to issue the plans, known as total m…

The California ISO released its flexible-capacity needs assessment for 2021, saying its needs are affected by actual net load and three-hour ramps that are about four years ahead of the ISO's original estimates due to increasing rooftop solar.

The California ISO updated the schedule for developing its enhanced and extended day-ahead market initiatives, saying "new work conditions necessitate additional time for policy development and for stakeholders to provide feedback," the agency said in an April 16 presentation.

The National Marine Fisheries Service is on track to act by Aug. 14 on a permit application that could allow Northwest states and tribes to kill more sea lions from the mouth of the Columbia River upriver to McNary Dam, and in several tributaries.

The Oregon Water Utility Council and the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation filed separate motions in April, each seeking to intervene as a defendant in a U.S. District Court lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its water allocation plans for 13 Willamette Project multipurpose da…

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