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their authority to issue water quality certifications on federal projects after one year, even if the application is withdrawn and later resubmitted.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.
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.
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.
Okanogan County PUD commissioners voted Nov. 19 to stop pursuing re-electrification of Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River near Oroville, Wash., after learning the cost was estimated to be more than twice what was expected.
After a decade-long stalemate over water quality certification at Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Complex, a major logjam in the company’s quest for a new 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was broken in an agreement the utility reached Dec. 14 with the states of Oregon…
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 20 granted Columbia Basin Hydropower’s request for more time under a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a 500-MW pumped storage project that would use Banks Lake as the upper reservoir and Lake Roosevelt near Grand Coulee, Wash., a…
Butte, Mont.-based NorthWestern Energy—whose generation portfolio includes 442 MW of hydropower from 11 dams—will be the seventh Northwest utility to join the Western EIM.