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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.

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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.

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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…

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee will host a hearing in Pasco, Wash., Sept. 10 on the benefits of the Columbia and Snake rivers, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Pasco City Hall’s council chambers. Scheduled at the request of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) to “help dispel misinformation ab…

The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking comments until Oct. 29 on a request by three states and four tribes for permission to capture and kill sea lions in a 180-mile stretch of the lower Columbia River and its tributaries.

Former Montana PSC member and Western EIM board member Travis Kavulla has joined NRG as its new VP for regulatory affairs. Prior to joining NRG, Kavulla oversaw energy and environmental policy for the R Street Institute, a conservative think tank.

Mid-Columbia PUDs have joined upper Columbia River tribes in an ongoing effort to prevent northern pike populations from growing and spreading into Columbia River salmon habitat below Lake Roosevelt.

Michael Linn has joined the Public Power Council as its senior policy analyst. He spent the last eight years in the commercial business group of BPA's transmission organization.

Wind developer Building Energy asked the Montana PSC on Aug. 22 to reconsider its decision in a contract dispute with NorthWestern Energy, citing the a-la-carte pricing approach the agency used that resulted in the lowest possible QF contract prices for its Grizzly and Black Bear wind projects.

Three Energy Northwest executive board officers were re-elected Aug. 23, and a fourth, Will Purser, will serve as vice chair. Returning for additional terms are Sid Morrison (chair); Linda Gott (secretary); and Jim Moss (assistant secretary). Morrison has served on the board since 2001, when…

Along with dozens of letters urging FERC to grant the Klamath River Renewal Corp. a license transfer—a ­necessary step to facilitate the removal of four dams on the Klamath River—a few groups and individuals are ­urging the agency to reject the transfer.­

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde have purchased 23 acres of property adjacent to Willamette Falls where the now-closed Blue Heron paper mill was located, the tribe announced. The site, in Oregon City, was once home to both Willamette and Clackamas bands, who were relocated to Grand…

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has recommended BPA continue funding 48 projects in its Fish and Wildlife Program that the Independent Scientific Review Panel reviewed.

As record numbers of shad continue to migrate up the Snake and Columbia rivers, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council decided it’s time to look into the ecological impacts of having millions of additional fish in the Columbia Basin.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission says the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife needs an additional $50.5 million to meet operating costs, capital needs and new responsibilities in 2020—which include recent state and federal laws enacted to promote salmon recovery—and approved m…

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says between 200 and 300 gallons of oil at Lower Monumental Dam cannot be accounted for and may have leaked into the Columbia River from a turbine in Unit 2, prompting the agency to take the unit off line.

FERC on Aug. 13 terminated Okanogan County PUD’s operating license for construction of the 9 MW Enloe hydroelectric project, after the PUD failed to begin construction by the July 9, 2019, statutory deadline.

Avista on Aug. 12 announced a number of near-term leadership changes to facilitate the CEO transition next March, when Scott Morris retires and Avista President Dennis Vermillon steps in. These include promoting Mark Thies from senior VP/CFO to executive VP/CFO; Heather Rosentrater from VP o…

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