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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their authority to issue water quality certifications on federal projects after one year, even if the application is withdrawn and later resubmitted.

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.