FERC executed memorandums of understanding enabling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Environmental Protection Agency to become cooperating agencies in reviewing a surrender application for the Lower Klamath Project [P-14803]. PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation are jointly proposing to surrender the license for J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1, Copco No. 2 and Iron Gate dams for decommissioning and full removal. The MOUs ensure timely preparation of environmental documents to adhere to the National Environmental Policy Act and other regulations.
BPA will hold a public meeting on July 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to gather comments on the agency's participation in the Northwest Power Pool's Resource Adequacy Program. The workshop will recap the RA program and review BPA's decision-making process and business case for its involvement in it. Details for joining the meeting online are available from Bonneville's meeting notice.
BPA has named Marcus Harris to be acting executive VP and CFO, effective July 18. As CFO, Harris will oversee BPA's debt management program, accounting, cash management and the agency's capital and expense budgets. He is currently the deputy COO, a position he has held since July 2020. Harris is filling in for Michelle Manary, who is serving a two-year detail with the Department of Energy as deputy assistant secretary for the Energy Resilience Division, where she is helping lead the department's focus on transmission infrastructure policy issues in support of national clean energy objectives.
Idaho Power is one of three companies receiving technical assistance from a national laboratory under a program run by the Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office, the agency announced July 14. The technical support will focus on decision-making tools and information, rather than on a specific implementation project. The company's proposal aims to identify hydrogen production technologies for use at hydropower facilities to meet energy storage needs, and to potentially provide an oxygen byproduct to help mitigate water quality conditions. Idaho Power spokesman Brad Bowlin told Clearing Up the project "aligns with our goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2045, which will require the development of new technology." The utility's 17 hydroelectric plants provide most of the power it uses to serve more than 590,000 customers.
Three of Montana's biggest cities—Bozeman, Helena and Missoula—and Missoula County have hired a consultant to design a zero-emission energy product to supersede NorthWestern Energy's current green product. The local governments represent nearly 200,000 residents in NWE's service territory. NorthWestern executives have said the company will work with them, but will not support a product that is subsidized by other customers.
Washington residents have the lowest average energy costs in the country, according to a study by WalletHub. The study found that based on average consumption levels and prices for electricity, natural gas, heating oil and motor fuel, the average Washington household spends $262 a month on energy. Colorado was second with $269, then Oregon with $275. Idaho was fifth with $298. Washington also had the lowest average price of electricity in the country, followed by Louisiana, Arkansas, Idaho and Oklahoma.
Puget Sound Energy on July 13 released its 2021 all-source request for proposals looking for up to 1,506 MW of capacity resources and up to 1,669 GWh of resources that are eligible under Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act. Proposals are due to PSE by Sept. 1.