Minnesota is set to buy hydropower from Manitoba Power company in Canada, a move that could potentially have big implications on the future of power-deals between the US and Canada. Minnesota Power will purchase any surplus electricity from Manitoba Power, a utility based in Winnipeg, starting this year. Under the deal, the US utility will also buy 250 MW of electricity for 15 years starting from 2020. This would require building of hydroprojects and dams along with trans-boundary transmission lines.
On Jan 15, 2008, FERC terminated the license issued in 1994 for the proposed 24 MW LeClaire hydro to be located on the Mississippi river, two miles downstream from LeClaire, Iowa and adjacent to Hampton, IL. The proposed project was to be built at the Mississippi Lock and Dam No. 14.The license required the City of LeClaire to start constructing the project two years from issuance of the license.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released the Environmental Assessment for the Ottumwa Hydropower Project (P-925) last month in which it recommended licensing of this 3.2 MW project located on the Des Moines river in the City of Ottumwa. In the EA, FERC has identified fish entrainment mortality as an "unavoidable adverse impact" but stated that this long term impact is expected to be minor. Comments can be filed with the FERC secretary by Jan 21, 2008.