SMUD Pulls the Plug on Proposed Iowa Hill Pumped Storage Project

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The Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District (SMUD) pulled the plug on its proposed Iowa Hill Pumped Storage project citing expense and financial risk as its reasons for doing so.First proposed in 2004, the Iowa Hill Pumped Storage project was envisioned to be a large 400MW project that would... read more

Report Encourages Alaska to Choose Natural Gas Over Hydroelectric Energy

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A new study by Alaska Hydro Project has concluded that supplying energy for the Alaska Rainbelt through natural gas, specifically through Cook Inlet, would save the ratepayers in Alaska $35 billion (in 2014 dollars) over 50 years.The report concludes that deriving energy from natural gas from Cook... read more

Obama administration opposes H.R. 8

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Through a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) issued yesterday, the White House has formally opposed H.R. 8, including the hydropower provisions contained in the bill.Related to the hydropower provisions, the SAP states that the bill would “undermine the current hydropower licensing... read more

218 Conservation, recreation, and faith organizations oppose H.R. 8's hydropower provisions

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A coalition of conservation, recreation and faith-based organizations sent a letter yesterday to the US House of Representatives urging them to oppose H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act.The bill, which is expected to be introduced on the House floor soon, includes... read more

FERC staff recommend not licensing a new dam project

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In a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued by FERC staff for a proposed new hydropower dam on the Bear River in Idaho, the staff recommend the Commission to not issue a license for the project.The Twin Lakes Canal company had proposed to build a 109-foot-tall dam on the Bear River which... read more

Hydropower doesn't need any more loopholes

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Source: Palmer OPINIONSept. 3, 2015A bill pending in the U.S. Senate would give the hydroelectric industry and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the kind of unconditional authority more akin to what the Robber... read more

States, tribes lose big in federal hydro ‘power grab’

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(This op-ed appreared on The Hill on July 20, 2015)States, tribes lose big in federal hydro ‘power grab’By John Seebach The hydropower industry is attempting a stunning power grab that would make it difficult-- if not impossible-- to ensure fish passage and other modern... read more

Dam legislation would hurt fish, rivers

Keywords: Region: op-ed appeared on The Oregonian on July 12.)Dam legislation would hurt fish, rivers (OPINION)By Bob IrvinParticipants at this week's HydroVision industry conference in Portland will talk about how... read more

Fish Kill Discovered on Lower Deschutes River

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The Fourth of July weekend saw the death of a dozen sockey salmon on the lower Deschutes River below the Pelton-Round Butte project. According to Deschutes River Alliance, the temperature of water discharged from Pelton-Round Butte Dam complex have been increasing as the dam operators are... read more

Op-ed: Maryland's authority to protect the Chesapeake is in jeopardy

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Read an op-ed by Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers on the Baltimore Sun.( and its economy depend on a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Right now, the state is negotiating with energy company Exelon over... read more