The Yurok Tribe, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the four U.S. senators from California and Oregon have sent FERC letters supporting Klamath River Renewal Corp.’s recent filing of the Definite Plan for the removal of J.C. Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2 and Iron Gate dams. The letters asked the agency to approve the transfer of the Lower Klamath Project licenses from PacifiCorp to KRRC in order to facilitate the dam removals. The senators’ letter stated that timely removal of the dams is critical to tribes, fishermen, recreational communities, farmers and ranchers, and that the filing “clearly demonstrates its financial ability and expertise to become the licensee of the Lower Klamath Project.”
A rulemaking workshop for implementing Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act—in particular provisions that affect the existing Energy Independence Act—will be conducted by the state’s Commerce Department Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop topics will address EIA amendments needed to reflect CETA; an initial discussion of potential areas to streamline EIA requirements with CETA; and formulating the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions for consumer-owned utilities to use in resource planning and evaluation. Additional information will be posted on Commerce’s CETA web page, and RSVPs may be submitted online.