The California PUC on July 15 approved PacifiCorp's request to transfer ownership of the Lower Klamath Project to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, pending additional approval by FERC.

Previously, on June 17, FERC approved transferring the license of the 163 MW Lower Klamath River Hydroelectric Project from PacifiCorp to KRRC and the states of Oregon and California, advancing a plan to decommission the four dams.

FERC will now review an amended license surrender application and a new license transfer application, the CPUC resolution said.

The CPUC said removal of the Lower Klamath Project is in the best interest of PacifiCorp customers and that funding secured by KRRC for the project is likely adequate.

 The $450 million KRRC project would be the largest dam removal and river recovery effort in U.S. history.

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David Krause is an energy reporter covering the California Energy Commission and Air Resources Board. He writes about transportation, climate change, utilities, and wildfires. He has an MFA in Writing, an MA in English, and a BS in Civil Engineering.