PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corp. urged FERC to complete its final environmental impact statement by September so that the largest dam removal project in the U.S. can begin by January 2024.
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].
The process of relicensing the 9.2 MW Potter Valley Project—a Pacific Gas & Electric hydroelectric plant on the Eel River and the East Branch of the Russian River in California's Mendocino and Lake counties—has paused, because the group expected to file a final license application told F…
Utah-based rPlus Hydro on Feb. 18 filed a draft license application for a proposed 1,000 MW closed-loop pumped-hydro storage project near Ely, Nev., with FERC.
Senators and hydropower trade group representatives on Jan. 11 said FERC should have a stronger role in licensing hydroelectric development, including the authority to set and enforce process deadlines.
Drafts of a cleanup plan and remediation study needed to acquire contaminated land have been filed with the Washington Department of Ecology by the developers of the proposed 1,200 MW Goldendale pumped-storage project.
PacifiCorp is eyeing 6,600 MW of pumped storage projects in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to preliminary permits filed with FERC on Oct. 14 that would allow it to evaluate the feasibility of 11 projects.
Resolving water quality issues at Idaho Power's Hells Canyon Complex was recently addressed after two environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe settled a legal dispute with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
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.
A request for proposals was issued Sept. 13 by the San Diego County Water Authority for a 500 MW closed-loop pumped hydropower storage project using at the San Vicente Reservoir.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 28 denied an environmental organization's challenge of FERC's extension to commence construction of the Eagle Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric project.
The plan to remove the four dams on the lower Klamath River recently gathered momentum after PacifiCorp gained federal approval to transfer the project’s license and state approval to transfer its ownership.
FERC issued a preliminary permit to Daybreak Power in late June for its proposed 2,650 MW Halverson Canyon Pumped Storage project near Creston, Wash., about 35 miles upstream of Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River.
Seattle City Light is not required to study effects of removing the Gorge Dam as it seeks to relicense its Skagit River Hydroelectric Project [P-553], FERC ruled July 16.
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…