The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 18 approved a rule establishing voluntary ­processes for expedited licensing of hydroelectric facilities at ­nonpowered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects. Read More

The newly reconstructed main spillway of Oroville Dam was opened April 2, returning it to normal ­operation for the first time since February 2017, when record winter rains in California increased the reservoir level to its full 901-foot capacity and severely damaged it and the ­emergency sp… Read More

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary license for the 300-MW ­Badger Mountain pumped storage ­project planned for a site east of Wenatchee, Wash. [P-14892]. The closed-loop hydro facility, ­proposed by Boise-based Gridflex, features artificial ­reservoirs impounde… Read More