The signing of a joint record of decision for the Columbia River System Operations EIS on Sept. 28 concluded the four-year process to analyze removing the four lower Snake River dams and decide how best to operate 14 hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River system. Read More

Hydroelectric generation in the U.S. is projected to grow 4 percent this year over 2019 levels despite drought and wildfires in the West, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Sept. 11. Read More

President Donald Trump on Nov. 5 named James Danly as FERC chairman, taking the gavel away from Neil Chatterjee. Media reports suggested Chatterjee's recent moves played a role in Trump's action. These include FERC's rule, finalized Sept. 17, that opened organized wholesale markets to distri… Read More

An international infrastructure investment firm has acquired development rights to the 400 MW Swan Lake and 1,200 MW Goldendale projects, likely giving those proposed Northwest closed-loop hydro pumped storage projects the financing needed to see them through completion. Read More

Environmentalists and the hydropower industry will work together to address the impacts of climate change by promoting the renewable energy and storage benefits of hydropower and the environmental and economic benefits of healthy rivers, according to a deal brokered by Stanford University. Read More

In a future vision of the Columbia River, 8 million adult salmon and steelhead will be produced, 2.85 million of them will return to spawn, and three-quarters of those will head to natural spawning grounds in rivers and streams while the rest go to hatcheries across the vast basin. Read More