The U.S. Department of Energy has recruited BPA CFO Michelle Manary to serve a two-year stint as the deputy assistant secretary for the Energy Resilience Division, where she'll help lead DOE's focus on national transmission infrastructure policy issues in support of national clean energy objectives. Manary begins the detail May 23, working remotely from Portland, and will be replaced by an interim acting CFO. As factors for choosing her, DOE leadership cited experience as BPA CFO since 2018 and transmission expertise gained when she served for three years as Bonneville's VP for transmission marketing and sales.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown nominated state Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) to replace Richard Devlin on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. If approved by the Senate, she would begin a three-year term on Nov. 1. And in Montana, Gov. Greg Gianforte tapped political aide and former fighter pilot Mike Milburn to replace Bo Downen on the Council starting May 3. Before joining the NWPCC in 2019, Downen spent 13 years with the Public Power Council, first as a staff analyst and ultimately as its director of environmental and regional affairs.
GE Renewable Energy will rebuild the eight turbines at Chelan County PUD's Rock Island Powerhouse II, the PUD said in a release. The $210 million rebuild of the 42-year-old turbines will start in 2022, and is expected to finish in 2030. The deal with GE includes an "extended correction period, significantly exceeding the standard two-year warranty for hydroelectric turbines," Chelan said. The 624 MW Rock Island project is Chelan's second largest project.
FERC on May 11 granted two-year construction extensions for the 393 MW Swan Lake North Hydro closed-loop pumped storage project planned for a site near Klamath Falls, Ore. [P-13318]. The developers said additional time is needed to complete final project design. Under FERC's order, the construction must start by April 30, 2023, and end by April 30, 2026. The $716 million project is being developed by Rye Development and National Grid subsidiary GridAmerica.
Work will start in June on the PacWave South open-ocean, wave-energy test site, located 7 miles southwest of Newport, Ore. The 20 MW, $80 million facility—expected to go live by 2023—will transmit generation from the wave-energy devices to shore.