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Increased Generation at Mystic Lake Earns Tax Credits

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Through an order issued on June 2, 2010, FERC has certified the increased hydropower generation from Mystic Lake hydropower project (P-2301) in Montana to be eligble for tax credits under Section 1301 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.PPL Montana, the licensee for the project, achieved additional... read more

Hydroelectric Dams Endanger the Coosa River

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The failure by Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the endangered wildlife from impacts from hydropower projects has qualified the Coosa River as one of nation’s most endangered rivers.In its America's Most Endangered Rivers™ Report released last week, American Rivers, the nation... read more

Oklahoma Sets Renewable Energy Goal, Includes All Hydro in its Renewable Portfolio

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Last week, Governor Brad Henry signed a legislation requiring that Oklahoma generate 15% of its electricity through renewable energy sources by 2015. The legislation counts hydropower in its renewable portfolio along with wind, solar, photovoltaic, hydrogen, geothermal, and biomass.Read a related... read more

FERC, California Agree to Coordinate in Development of Hydrokinetic Projects

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate procedures and schedules at the federal and state levels for development of hydrokinetic energy projects off the California coast.According to a FERC news release, FERC and... read more

Water Treatment Plant to Generate Power

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A water treatment plan in Colorado will now generate power after the operator obtained a license exemption from FERC.This week, FERC approved Ute Water Conservancy District’s request to grant a license exemption for the hydropower project to be operated at its Rapid Creek Water Treatment... read more

New Web Tools To Facilitate Licensing of Small Hydro

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After hearing from stakeholders at a technical conference in December 2009, FERC will now offer web-based tools that would ease the licensing process for development of small hydropower in the United States.According to FERC, such tools will be available by August 2010 and will help developers... read more

FERC Reinstates School Street License

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In a ruling issued yesterday, FERC reinstated the license for School Street project issued in February 2007, thereby giving a serious blow to Green Island Power Authority’s (GIPA’s) plan to get a license for their proposed 100 MW Cohoes Falls project, just downstream of the current... read more

Black Warrior Project Gets FERC License

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On March 31, FERC issued a 30-year license to Alabama Power Company to operate its Warrior project (P-2165) on the Black Warrior River in Alabama.Among other things, the license requires Alabama Power to release a minimum flow of 50 cubic feet per second from the Smith dam and also annually stock... read more

Agreement To Restore Fisheries at Sullivan Creek and Continue Generation at Boundary Project

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Coalition members American Whitewater, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, and The Lands Council have signed two settlement agreements that call for continued operation of Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River, enhanced operation of Sullivan Dam on the natural Sullivan Lake, and the removal of Mill... read more

DOI, DOE and Army Corps Sign a MOU: Federal Agencies To Look at Basin-wide Assessment for Hydropower Development

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In what seems like a progress from conventional ways of looking at hydropower, federal agencies that own and operate hydropower projects around the country are collaborating to find ways to increase hydropower generation while at the same time protecting the non-power interests of the basin.The... read more

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