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Water Power West

Water Power West is the premier independent news journal of hydroelectricity and other water-powered energy resources in Western North America.

Published since 2004 as Relicensing Review and under its new name since late 2016, Water Power West covers a broad and expanding range of topics: policies, regulation, legislation, hydro relicensing, new and proposed developments, legal proceedings, emerging technologies, weather and climate conditions, and more.

With new issues every other month, Water Power West highlights meaningful developments relevant to water-powered energy around the region. The newsletter is targeted for readers with a professional interest in power generation from moving water, and is written and edited by a team of skilled, experienced energy journalists.

Water Power West will keep you well-informed on key regional news and information about what remains a major source of U.S. renewable energy. While the era of big, new Western dams is largely gone, hydro remains an important energy resource throughout the West, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

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[September 11, 2018 / No. 12]

NextEra Acquires Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage; Swan Lake DEIS Out

NextEra has acquired the 1.3-GW Eagle Mountain pumped storage project planned for Riverside County, Calif., online information indicates. The acquisition comes as the $2.5 billion project appears stalled by a prolonged permitting process and lack of a customer for the generation. On top of this, a two-year extension for starting construction lapsed June 19, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has not yet taken action in response.

PG&E Puts Another Small Hydro Project Up for Sale

Pacific Gas and Electric is seeking potential buyers for its Potter Valley hydroelectric facility in Mendocino and Lake counties, continuing an effort that started in early 2017 to shed smaller hydro plants it says are too costly to operate. The company expects to begin formal negotiations with a buyer by mid-2019, and complete the sale and transfer in 18-24 months. The action continues PG&E’s trend of jettisoning smaller hydro projects—this will be the fourth in two years—it says are “no longer an economical source of electricity generation.”

Avangrid Goes Live With ‘Green’ Northwest Balancing Authority

Avangrid Renewables launched a “green” balancing authority in the Northwest on Aug. 1 that the company calls “the largest renewable generation resource-only BA” in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council region. It includes 1,301 MW of wind generation, and will provide balancing services using a combination of owned and contracted resources (including 290 MW of hydrogenation), hour-ahead capacity purchases, and intra-hour energy purchases.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • BPA, Idaho Reach $24M Deal for Albeni Falls Dam Impacts
  • CAISO Names 16 CPM Units for September Reliability
  • Grant PUD Studying Priest Rapids Leak Extent

       ...And Much More!

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For more information on Water Power West, including editorial content and other non-subscription matters, please contact Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Mark Ohrenschall (; 206-285-4848 x 204).

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