New revenue-quality meters to be installed at BPA’s transmission substations for eight of the “Big 10” hydro facilities will be the first building blocks in the agency’s “Grid Mod” initiative, the agency announced July 29.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's board of directors approved a resolution at its Aug. 15 regular meeting "signaling intent" to purchase Pacific Gas & Electric's Chili Bar hydroelectric project [P-2155].
Coming off two of its best financial years, Chelan County PUD in Washington is considering gradual rate increases and pouring money into its hydropower system and grid infrastructure during the next five years.
Work upgrading Madison Dam’s four turbines and generators that’s expected to increase the facility’s peak capacity from 8 MW to 12 MW is slated to start in the fall, NorthWestern Energy said July 29 in a release.
The Clean Power Alliance on June 28 approved a 10-year contract for generation from the 12-MW Isabella hydroelectric project in Kern County, beginning in December 2020.
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.
Embattled and bankrupt PG&E Corp. has reconstituted its board and top executive lineup in the aftermath of devastating fires laid at its feet.
The enactment of the Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act on May 7 expanded hydropower’s role in addressing the decarbonization of the state’s power supply, by letting it directly count toward the act’s 2030 carbon-neutral and 2045 carbon-free mandates.
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…
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sued Westlands Water District to block it from helping plan and build a project to raise the height of Shasta Dam.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing public comment submitted on its plan to build a downstream fish-passage facility at Cougar Dam in the upper Willamette River basin, about 42 miles east of Eugene, Ore.
Bids are due March 26 for Chelan County PUD’s latest auction of up to 5 percent of the output from its Rocky Reach and Rock Island hydroelectric projects, for either a 2.5-percent slice or for the entire 5-percent slice.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 13 adopted a schedule for implementing hydropower licensing reforms included in water-infrastructure legislation President Donald Trump signed into law Oct. 23 (WPW No. 13 ), and opened three dockets to address the mandate.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should standardize recording of dam safety inspection information and use the data to set safety-assessment priorities, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Nov. 5.
Three salamander species in Northern California could throw a wrench into a $1.4 billion effort to heighten the Bureau of Reclamation’s 663-MW Shasta Dam, the state’s largest reservoir.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 2 issued the final environmental impact statement for the relicensing of the Yuba County Water Agency existing 361.9 MW Yuba River Development Project [P-2246].
The new 12-MW Olmsted hydropower plant near Orem, Utah, went on line last year, becoming the 57th hydroelectric system to join the Western Area Power Administration.