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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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[July 10, 2018 / No. 11]

Group Files Definite Plan for Klamath Dam Removal

Klamath River Renewal Corporation estimates it will cost nearly $398 million to tear down four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon, according to a plan filed June 28 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Removing the dams, the aim of an eight-year-old settlement, will be the largest and most expensive dam-removal project in U.S history.

Grand Coulee Generation Overhaul Project Progressing

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration are overhauling one of the younger power plants at Grand Coulee Dam. Grand Coulee, the largest hydro structure in North America, is a key asset for Pacific Northwest power generation. The current work, estimated to cost $100 million to possibly $150 million, will increase generating capacity in the dam’s third power plant.

San Diego Seeks New Preliminary Permit for San Vicente

The San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego in May applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new preliminary permit for a 500 MW closed-loop pumped storage project using the San Vicente Reservoir. The entities updated its name to the San Vicente Energy Storage Facility from the San Vicente Pumped Storage Project; the project’s previous preliminary permit expired April 30.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • IG Highlights Security Issues at BuRec Dams
  • Two Investigations Opened on Rock Island Dam Death
  • Senate Passes Hydro Bills

       ...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) or Editor Mavis Scanlon (; (415) 963-4439 x 12).

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