President Donald Trump on Dec. 20 signed into law a fiscal year 2020 tax and spending bill for domestic agencies that extends a handful of expired energy tax preferences, including for hydro. The bill, HR 1865, set domestic spending levels for the remainder of FY 2020. Stopgap funding legisl…

Energy secretary nominee Dan Brouillette has promised to keep BPA privatization proposals "off the table," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said at Brouillette's Nov. 14 confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Privatizing Bonneville Power would hit the Pacific …

The Western EIM Governing Body on Aug. 28 elected Anita Decker, former BPA Chief Operating Officer, to serve on the body. Decker, who just retired as executive director of the Northwest Public Power Association, will begin on Sept. 1, filling a vacant seat with a term that ends in June 2020.

FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will leave the agency at the end of August after serving since 2010. Although her current five-year term expired June 30, commissioners may continue serving after term expiration until a successor has been seated. Once she leaves, FERC will be down to three m…

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary license for the 300-MW ­Badger Mountain pumped storage ­project planned for a site east of Wenatchee, Wash. [P-14892]. The closed-loop hydro facility, ­proposed by Boise-based Gridflex, features artificial ­reservoirs impounde…

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on March 4 appointed ­Jeffery Allen to serve on the Northwest Power and ­Conservation Council. He replaces Bill Booth, who retired in December after 12 years. Allen has been the Council’s Idaho office ­director and policy ­analyst since 2008. Earlier, he was ­director …