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Federal Power Act reforms included in an "Uncommon Dialogue" legislative framework on May 12 drew both praise and caution flags from lawmakers and hearing witnesses exploring a package that aims to streamline hydropower licensing—including adding generation at nonpowered dams—and expand trib…

Seattle City Light filed a draft Initial Study Report with FERC March 8 outlining initial results from 33 studies that will help determine what actions will be taken to manage cultural, environmental and recreational resources as part of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project relicensing [P-553].

Three weeks after FERC found that Seattle City Light does not have to conduct a study on the effects of removing the Gorge Dam as part of its relicensing process, the utility announced it will use a test to assess whether a more thorough analysis of dam removal is warranted.

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…

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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].

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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…