The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has continued to delay a decision on proposals to use Lake Roosevelt for pumped storage, citing the "complexity and location of the project" as reasons.
After revising its study plan for relicensing the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project [P-553] and touting the changes at a press conference in April, Seattle City Light has gotten a lukewarm reception in formal comments filed with FERC May 5-6 by tribes, government agencies and nonprofit orga…
Amid a torrent of requests to take a deeper look at fish passage in its federal relicensing process, Seattle City Light has agreed to expand its fish passage study to include all three dams in its Skagit River Project [P-553], and to evaluate salmon and steelhead habitat potential between an…
PacifiCorp on Jan. 13 filed a joint application with FERC to transfer its operating license of four lower Klamath dams, adding the states of Oregon and California as co-holders, along with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation [P-14803].
The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a request for proposals to develop pumped storage hydroelectric power using Banks Lake and Lake Roosevelt, located in Grand Coulee, Wash.
A plan to take out four lower Klamath River dams is likely to be delayed by a year and cost an additional $12.25 million, Klamath River Renewal Corporation representatives told the Oregon PUC Sept. 8.
FERC on July 31 granted a two-year construction deadline extension to developers of the proposed $1 billion, 400 MW Gordon Butte pumped-storage hydro project planned for Montana [P-13642].
The developers of the proposed 1,200 MW Goldendale pumped-storage project on June 23 filed a final license application, and asked FERC to acknowledge that it qualifies for "expedited treatment" under the recently passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 8 issued a new 40-year operating license to the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) for its 224 MW Middle Fork American River hydroelectric project in California [P-2079].
FERC on March 30 granted the developers of the proposed 1.3 GW Eagle Mountain pumped storage project an extension of two years to start, and to complete, construction.
FERC staff recommended, in an environmental assessment issued April 28, granting a new 50-year license to PacifiCorp's 3.9 MW Weber hydroelectric project located near Bountiful, Utah.
Federal energy regulators have given an early nod to a massive pumped-storage project in northern Arizona that could extend the availability of renewable resources in an area that for 45 years played host to the West's largest coal-fired power plant.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court ruling on how long states have to weigh in on water quality certifications for federal projects.
FERC is being sued in federal appeals court for barring protests that it did not terminate the 1.3 GW Eagle Mountain pumped storage hydro project planned for Riverside County, Calif., near Joshua Tree National Park.
Idaho Power is asking an Oregon judge to dismiss a lawsuit in Multnomah County brought by two conservation groups challenging the issuance of a water quality certification for the utility's Hells Canyon Complex.
Concerned parties have weighed in on a request by two environmental groups for the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that struck down the routine practice of withdrawing and resubmitting state water quality certifications for projects seeking a federal license.
FERC on Oct. 17 denied the California State Water Resources Control Board's request for rehearing of the commission's earlier decision regarding recertification of the Middle Fork American River Hydroelectric Project.
FERC on Sept. 19 rejected requests to stay and rehear its decision giving more time to the 1.3 GW Eagle Mountain pumped storage hydro project planned for Riverside County, Calif., near Joshua Tree National Park.
A rule giving states and tribes up to one year to decide on Clean Water Act certifications for energy and other infrastructure projects was proposed Aug. 9 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
California Trout and Trout Unlimited are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling which found states waive their authority to issue water quality certifications on federal projects after one year, even if the application is withdrawn and later resubmitted.
Two conservation groups are asking a Multnomah County judge to send a water quality certification for the Hells Canyon Complex back to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality with directions to act within the law.
FERC made an "early action" determination on Aug. 9 for Chelan County PUD's Rock Island hydroelectric project in Washington state, the first such finding made under 2018 legislation aimed at spurring investments in hydro projects.
The $1 billion, 400 MW Gordon Butte pumped-storage hydro project proposed for Montana has secured an equity investment from Denmark’s Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, developer Absaroka Energy announced July 8.
FERC on Aug. 13 terminated Okanogan County PUD’s operating license for construction of the 9 MW Enloe hydroelectric project in Washington, after the PUD failed to begin construction by the July 9, 2019, statutory deadline.
After revising cost estimates, beefing up financial assurances, getting extensions from funding sources and changing its timeline, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation is again asking FERC to transfer the license for four lower Klamath River Dams so that the process to remove them can move …
Along with dozens of letters urging FERC to grant the Klamath River Renewal Corp. a license transfer—a necessary step to facilitate the removal of four dams on the Klamath River—a few groups and individuals are urging the agency to reject the transfer.
Twenty years after PacifiCorp applied to surrender its license in order to tear out Condit Dam in southwestern Washington, the process is officially complete.
A proposed 10 MW hydro facility in southwestern Alaska could provide more than a new source of generation source. If the developer’s vision comes to fruition, the hydro plant could be the genesis of a power grid connecting six small communities in the region, eliminating their dependence on …
The city and San Diego County Water Authority in 2008 began planning a project to raise the dam height and increase the reservoir capacity. That project, which raised the dam height by 117 feet, was completed in 2014. The raised dam now has a height of 337 feet and total storage volume of ab…
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has recommended a new license for the Yuba County Water Agency’s Yuba River Development Project.
San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego accomplished much during the three-year preliminary-permit period for their proposed 500 MW closed-loop pumped-storage facility that would use San Vicente Reservoir, including several studies and outreach to potential development par…
A contentious proposal to build a pumped-storage hydropower facility in Elmore County, Idaho, hit another snag this past spring when a local property owner filed a lawsuit over the project, contending it would reduce the value of his property.
With a recently issued preliminary permit for its proposed Wyoming pumped-storage hydro facility, Absaroka Energy is turning to address some of the issues raised by state and federal agencies, including water rights and wildlife habitat concerns.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 20 granted a preliminary permit for a 300 MW pumped-storage hydro project in Sevier County, Utah.
An abandoned open mine pit in Arizona could be transformed into a renewable energy hub through a project that seeks to combine pumped-storage hydro with solar photovoltaic generation.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 7 denied an application from Advanced Hydropower Inc. for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a new hydropower project that would have used existing flows at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ McNary Lock and Dam on the Columbia River.
Pacific Gas & Electric on Aug. 22 notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission it is planning to apply for a new license for its existing Phoenix Hydroelectric Project.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in late June placed the controversial Susitna-Watana Hydro Project in abeyance yet again, a year after the State of Alaska announced it would not move forward with it.
Dozens of people have written to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the past couple of months protesting Nevada Hydro’s proposed pumped-storage project in unincorporated Riverside County, or asking the commission to delay the application until the developer can resolve outstanding issues.
Idaho Power received water quality certifications from the states of Idaho and Oregon in its quest to relicense the Hells Canyon Complex, a step that the company is calling “a huge milestone” toward earning a new license to operate the three hydroelectric projects on the Snake River.
FERC staff in a in a draft environmental impact statement recommended relicensing the 84.8 MW Bucks Creek hydroelectric project in California’s Plumas County.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an update May 17 which provides many new details about the five alternatives in the upcoming draft environmental impact statement for operating 14 dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers.
Federal energy regulators granted a two-year extension of a deadline to commence construction requested by the developer of a 1.3-GW pumped storage hydroelectric project in Riverside County near Joshua Tree National Park.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 30 issued a 50-year construction and operational license for the 393-MW Swan Lake closed-loop pumped storage project, planned for a site near Klamath Falls, Ore. [P-13318].