Idaho Gov. Brad Little on March 4 appointed ­Jeffery Allen to serve on the Northwest Power and ­Conservation Council. He replaces Bill Booth, who retired in December after 12 years. Allen has been the Council’s Idaho office ­director and policy ­analyst since 2008. Earlier, he was ­director … Read More

Citing “challenging financial circumstances”—a reference to its bankruptcy proceedings—Pacific Gas and Electric told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jan. 25 that it was withdrawing from Potter Valley Project relicensing activities, and terminating efforts to transfer and sell it. Read More

The California Independent System Operator issued its draft final proposal for a series of enhancements to its market-power mitigation rules aimed at several issues that have developed, particularly for hydroelectric resources operating in the Western Energy Imbalance Market. Read More

Responding to a motion by environmental groups seeking to force drawdowns and spills at dams in the ­Willamette Valley project, federal attorneys argued they’ve already reinitiated Endangered Species Act consultations, and that a court-ordered injunction would only divert time away from that… Read More

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a common practice in hydroelectric dam ­relicensing—the annual submitting and withdrawing of water quality certification applications in order to avoid a Clean Water Act rule that gives states one year to ­complete the process, or wa… Read More