PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation formally notified FERC they will not accept co-licensee status for the lower Klamath River dams in a new joint application, seeking instead to transfer the license to KRRC and the states of California and Oregon [P-14803].

Seattle-based OneEnergy plans to build the 80 MW Goose Prairie solar facility east of Moxee, Wash., in Yakima County, according to the application it filed with Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council on Jan. 19.

The Montana PSC at year's end reversed several key parts of a QF contract ruling from earlier in 2020. In a 4-1 vote Dec. 28, commissioners largely sided with solar energy developer Clenera's reconsideration motion, with outgoing Commissioner Roger Koopman dissenting.

Despite population declines over the past five years, the overall status of the 13 runs of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act has "probably not changed in most cases," a NOAA Fisheries scientist told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Jan. 13.

A group of homeowners in Northern California and southern Oregon have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Slater Fire was the result of PacifiCorp failing to maintain its transmission and distribution lines and to de-energize its system as conditions worsened.

On Jan. 13, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council reelected Richard Devlin, an Oregon member, as chairman, and Bo Downen, a Montana member, as vice chairman for 2021. Guy Norman, a Washington member, stepped down as chairman of the Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee, but remains on…

NOAA's Northwest River Forecast Center is predicting a lower-than-normal water supply in the Columbia River at The Dalles from April through September, largely due to below-normal precipitation in the Snake River, the Columbia's biggest tributary.

Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation filed responses Dec. 16 to the Deschutes River Alliance's request in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling which found no water quality certification violations at the Pelto…

In separate filings, the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, and the Nez Perce Tribe asked FERC to complete a supplemental EIS for relicensing Idaho Power's Hells Canyon Complex [P-1971].

Energy Northwest CEO Brad Sawatzke will retire at the end of June, the agency announced Jan. 7. Sawatzke, 62 in February, has worked in the nuclear industry for four decades, the last 10 years with ENW. He was hired in December 2010 as VP for nuclear generation and as chief nuclear officer, …

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that a California company has developed a turbine for small hydropower projects enabling juvenile fish to pass through with 100 percent survival, according to preliminary results of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory tests.

The Oregon PUC on Dec. 10 adopted three all-party settlements in Avista's natural gas rate case, reducing a proposed $6.8 million, 6.8 percent increase of its annual revenues to $4.4 million, 4.4 percent increase on a rate base of $305 million [UG 389].

Ann Rendahl has been reappointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to a second six-year term as a commissioner of the Washington UTC, through 2026, the agency announced Dec. 22. She serves on the three-member panel with Chair David Danner and Commissioner Jay Balasbas. Her reappointment is subject to confi…

A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 15 marked the start of commercial operations for Clearway Energy Group's 57-turbine, 160 MW Rattlesnake Flat wind farm, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Avista. The facility, located in Adams County, Wash., started construction in April.

Kara Fornstrom, chairwoman of the Wyoming PSC, will leave her post Jan. 15 to join the Southwest Power Pool, effective Jan. 19, the regional transmission organization announced Dec. 17. In her new role, she will lead SPP's state regulatory policy efforts and support it's work on regional tra…

The first phase of the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, located in Morrow County, Ore., started commercial operations on Dec. 7 when Portland General Electric began receiving power from the 300 MW wind farm associated with the project, the utility and NextEra Energy Resource announced.

Surplus hatchery summer Chinook salmon released this year by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have spawned in an upper Columbia River tributary, leaving salmon redds in an upper Columbia tributary for the first time in more than eight decades.

Federal defendants say a remedy proposed by environmental groups for the Willamette Valley Project (WVP) is "draconian," and fails to ensure that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can legally implement it, or that it would not harm upper Willamette River Chinook and steelhead, listed under th…

David Ward, Grays Harbor PUD general manager, plans to retire in 2021 after spending more than 35 years working in public power. In the PUD's December newsletter, Ward thanked customers for the "privilege of serving" at the utility's helm, a position he's held since 2013. He highlighted some…

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Dec. 3 proposed city code revisions that would eliminate natural gas heating systems from new commercial and apartment buildings, while calling for improving energy efficiency and encouraging solar-energy arrays.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $93,409 penalty to solar developer DepCom Power for allegedly polluting wetlands and violating conditions of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit while developing a solar project near Estacada.

A broken pipe at The Dalles Dam spilled up to 200 gallons of oil into the Columbia River on Dec. 3, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported. The pipe, called a thrust hub cooling water pipe, is part of a fish unit turbine designed to attract migrating fish to the ladder.

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A "comprehensive reform" of resource adequacy practices, dealing with increased generation variability and integrating new technologies are the main goals outlined in the California ISO's three-year roadmap, the grid operator said.

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The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold an online public hearing Dec. 1 to consider a proposed rule to ban use of remote-controlled devices and drones while fishing. Current state law does not bar such use, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is being asked whether it's legal to …

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