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Extraordinary returns of naturally spawning Snake River steelhead five years ago followed by steady declines and a dismal run this year triggered an "early warning indicator" that is prompting federal agencies to take formal steps to determine if "rapid response actions" should be taken to a…

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A cleanup site on a Columbia River island that is part of the Bonneville Dam complex is more contaminated than previously known and should be designated as a Superfund site, a joint letter by the states of Oregon and Washington and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation says.

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Pattern Energy and affiliate Pattern Development will be acquired by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in a transaction valued at $6.1 billion, the company announced Nov. 4. Pattern's portfolio of 28 renewable projects includes the 80 MW Stillwater wind project in Montana. CPPI, toget…

In a strongly worded letter, the Washington Department of Ecology filed a formal objection to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to update the water quality certification process under the Clean Water Act.

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…

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."

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 …

Alejandro de Hoz will replace Laura Beane as president and CEO of Portland-based Avangrid Renewables after Beane "decided to leave the company," Avangrid said Oct. 22. De Hoz is currently VP of offshore wind, and parent company Avangrid cited his "experience in both onshore and offshore rene…

The Klickitat County Planning Department, through its Energy Overlay Zone process, approved construction of Avangrid's 150 MW Lund Hill Solar Energy Project, and received no appeals of the decision by an Oct. 9 deadline, department director Mo-chi Lindblad told Clearing Up.

BPA has scheduled its fiscal year 2019 end-of-the-year quarterly business review webcast for Nov. 15, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A follow-on QBR technical workshop will be conducted the following week, on Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to provide additional details on BPA’s performance.

Advanced decay and bad weather brought down nearly 30 Seattle City Light poles in Tukwila, Wash., in April, according to {https://powerlines.seattle.gov/2019/10/09/seattle-city-light-releases-east-marginal-way-storm-investigation-report-recommendations-report-to-follow/ investigation} findin…

Jason Eisdorfer will leave his position as Oregon PUC utility program director effective Nov. 7, but will continue as an adviser through the end of the year while a nationwide search is conducted to find his replacement. During the transition, OPUC Chief Operating Officer Michael Dougherty w…

In a final order in Northwest Environmental Advocates v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency et al., [12-1751], a federal judge set final dates for Oregon to replace inadequate plans for dealing with warm water temperatures in several Oregon basins and subbasins, and for the EPA to approve them.

Debra Smith, Seattle City Light general manager and CEO, is among seven new members of the Alliance to Save Energy's board of directors chosen from energy and technology sectors. "Seattle City Light has been promoting energy efficiency for more than 40 years to support reliability, affordabi…

BPA on Oct. 3 made its 36th consecutive U.S. Treasury payment as its fiscal year starts, on time and in full, the agency reported. This year's $1.06 billion payment includes $734 million in principal and $232 million in interest. The remaining $97 million includes assistance BPA provides to …

Seattle plans to tax and regulate residential heating oil as part of its campaign to drive down the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Seattle City Council on Sept. 23 unanimously approved levying a 23.6 cents per gallon tax on heating oil beginning September 2020, and requiring all heatin…

John Hairston will take over as new chief operating officer at BPA following the retirement of Janet Herrin on Sept. 30, the agency announced Sept. 24. Hairston has worked at BPA for 28 years, most recently as the agency’s chief administrative officer. With Hairston shifting to COO, Robin Fu…

A new proposal by NOAA Fisheries to expand the southern resident killer whales' critical habitat to include most of the waters off the U.S. West Coast mentions the importance of Columbia River Chinook to these endangered orcas.

Portland-based Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET) was selected by the U.S. DOE to be network director for the $10 million Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program, the agency announced Sept. 17.

PacifiCorp will develop the 240 MW Pryor Mountain Wind Farm in Carbon County, Mont., near the Wyoming border, after the county granted the project a conditional use permit earlier this month.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council approved the release of a draft report to Congress for fiscal year 2019, beginning a 90-day public review period. The annual report on the state of the Columbia River is required under the Northwest Power Act. The 38-page document outlines many of…

Randy Hardy, former BPA administrator, was presented with the inaugural Robert Kahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Northwest and Intermountain Power Producers Coalition, at the group's annual meeting Sept. 9.

Four consulting firms have been hired by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s office to gather views on whether removing the lower Snake River dams could recover Chinook populations vital to southern resident killer whales, and to put together a draft report by December.

Gov. Brad Little appointed one new member and reappointed another to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Bradley Melton, a financial advisor and lifelong outdoorsman from Lewiston, will replace Dan Blanco as the representative of the Clearwater region of Idaho. Derick Atterbury, an irrigatio…

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