FERC staff on Oct. 30 issued the final environmental assessment for a proposed 5 MW pumped-storage hydro project on the Columbia River, concluding its potential environmental impacts, with "appropriate" protective measures, would not "significantly affect the quality of the human environment." Read More

The Trump administration finalized repeal of the 2015 "Waters of the U.S." rule effective Dec. 23, reverting to previous regulations, according to a Federal Register notice EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published Oct. 22. Read More

Energy secretary nominee Dan Brouillette has promised to keep BPA privatization proposals "off the table," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said at Brouillette's Nov. 14 confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Privatizing Bonneville Power would hit the Pacific … Read More

BPA moved a step closer to joining the Western EIM on Sept. 26, by signing an implementation agreement with the California ISO that will allow the agency to further consider participating in the market. Read More

Four consulting firms have been hired by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's office to gather views on whether removing the lower Snake River dams could recover Chinook populations vital to southern resident killer whales, and to put together a draft report by December. Read More

The Department of Energy awarded up to $24.9 million in research funds Oct. 31 for low-head hydropower, in-stream hydrokinetics, and river-current and wave energy technologies. Read More