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their authority to issue water quality certifications on federal projects after one year, even if the application is withdrawn and later resubmitted.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.
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.
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.
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].
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 17 issued a new 40-year operating license to the Eugene Water and Electric Board for its 92 MW Carmen-Smith hydroelectric project [P-2242].
A developer is proposing to build three high-capacity, closed-loop pumped storage projects, two in eastern California and the third in Utah, according to preliminary permit applications filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 31 proposed a rulemaking to speed licensing of hydropower facilities at nonpowered dams and closed-loop pumped-storage projects [RM19-6].
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a common practice in hydroelectric dam relicensing—the annual submitting and withdrawing of water quality certification applications in order to avoid a Clean Water Act rule that gives states one year to complete the process, or wa…
A top Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official approved Klamath River Renewal Corp.’s request to develop a “Plan B” for additional funding in case the cost of removing four dams and restoring the lower Klamath River exceeds the $450 million committed to the project.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commisson on Jan. 25 issued the final EIS for the 393-MW Swan Lake North closed-loop pumped storage project planned for a site near Klamath Falls, Ore. [P-13318].
Fortis has agreed to sell its 51 percent share of the 335-MW Waneta expansion hydroelectric project in British Columbia to its partners for around C$1 billion, the Newfoundland and Labrador-based company announced Jan. 30.