FERC Issues a New License for Upper American River Project in California

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FERC issued a license last week for the Upper American River Project in California consisting of seven developments on the Rubicon River, Silver Creek, and South Fork American River in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. The license authorizes Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to continue... read more

LaFleur and Bay Confirmed by Senate to be FERC Commissioners

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On July 15, the US Senate confirmed two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Current Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, who has served as acting chair since November 2013, was confirmed by a 90-7 vote. Norman Bay, who is currently the head of the Office of Enforcement was confirmed by a... read more

Really, Dam Every River For Hydropower?

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The Secretary of Energy recently publicly stated that our nation could produce an additional 65.5 gigawatts of hydropower capacity based on the Department of Energy (DOE) report which estimates the technical potential of the US. However, the problem with that number is that every river stretch that... read more

FERC Delivers a Win for Twin Falls in Idaho

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After years of fighting on behalf of the Twin Falls on the Snake River in Idaho, Coalition members recently secured a victory to protect the Falls from drying up.In 1995, Idaho Power Company, the operator of the Twin Falls hydropower project, proposed to reduce the amount of water flowing through... read more

FERC Terminates License for Project in South Carolina

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FERC has terminated the license for the Whitney Mills hydroelectric project located on Lawsons Fork Creek, in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.The project ceased operation in July 2005 and in February 2014, the licensee for the project informed FERC of his intent to surrender the license for the... read more

Massachusetts to Provide Funding to Upgrade its Hydropower Facilities

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced a grant funding opportunity to help upgrade existing hydropower facilities and eventually obtain either a certification by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) or qualify for Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.To be eligible for a piece... read more

Hydropower from British Columbia not eligible as renewable in California

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On January 15, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted a report that concluded hydropower from British Columbia (BC) is not eligible as renewable in California (CA) and recommended not revising (i.e. weakening) the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) hydropower regulations to allow... read more

HRC Produces a Recreational Assessment of Proposed Tidal Energy Project

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the National Park Service have collaborated to produce an assessment of the recreational issues surrounding a proposed tidal energy project in the Kenai Peninsula near Nikiski Alaska.Using the guidance offered by Hydrokinetic Energy Projects and... read more

FERC To Hold Workshop to Hydropower Licensing

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a workshop on October 2, 2013 to explore the possibility of a two-year licensing process for hydropower development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects.The workshop is being held to comply with Section 6 of the... read more

Hydro Bills Head to the President’s Desk

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Last week, the United States Senate passed two hydropower bills by unanimous consent. The two bills now await President Obama’s signature.The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, sponsored by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, aims to expedite the permitting process for... read more