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Staff Recommend Licensing of Saluda Hydro Project In South Carolina

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The FERC staff issued a draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) today for the 207.3 MW Saluda hydroelectric project on the Saluda River in Lexington, Richland, Newberry, and Saluda counties, South Carolina.The EA recommends the Commission to issue a license for the project as recommended by staff... read more

PG&E Gets a Green Light for Removal of Wildcat Dam

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PG&E has received FERC approval for its plan to decommission the Wildcat dam, a part of the Battle Creek hydroelectric project (P-1121). According to the “Wildcat Dam Decommissioning Plan,” removal will happen between May 1 and September 1. They also plan to demolish the Wildcat... read more

LaFleur is President Obama’s Pick for FERC Commissioner

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President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Cheryl A. LaFleur as the Commissioner of FERC and reappoint Philip D. Moeller for another term.If confirmed by the Senate, LaFleur would fill the position left vacant after Suedeen Kelly left the Commission earlier this year.According to the... read more

More Transparency Needed in Green Pricing Programs

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A recent study by the HRC has revealed lack of transparency in green-pricing programs offered by utilities around the country.In 2008, about 850 electric utilities, a quarter of the electric utilities in the United States, offered green-pricing programs and the trend is growing. However,... read more

Orrville Surrenders Application Before FERC

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The City of Orrville, OH, has surrendered its license for the Pike Island hydropower project before FERC.The project, authorized for 49.5 MW and never constructed, would have been located at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Pike Island Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Ohio County, West... read more

More Hydropower Projects Seek LIHI Certification

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The last day of 2009 saw seven hydropower projects filing their application for certification with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. In 2009 alone, the Institute issued certifications for nine projects throughout the country. So far, there are 46 LIHI certified projects in 24 states.Of the seven... read more

Snohomish County Eyes to Build Tidal Project

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The Snohomish County PUD No. 1 in Washington has further advanced in its intent to build and operate a tidal energy project in the Admirarty Inlet. Earlier this week, the PUD filed its draft license application with FERC.The proposed Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project (P-12690) would be located on... read more

John Norris to Join FERC

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The Senate, last Thursday, confirmed John Norris to be the newest member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.Norris is currently serving as chief of staff for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He served as the chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board from 2005 to 2009. He has also served as... read more

Smith Mountain Gets A New 30-year License

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Yesterday, FERC issued a new 30-year license to American Electric Power (AEP), a subsidiary of Appalachian Power Company, for continued operation of the 636 MW Smith Mountain Project.However the new license will be effective only after the current license expires on March 31, 2010. Among other... read more

Panel Recommends Studying Downstream Impacts in Merced River Relicensing

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A panel formed to investigate the study related disputes in the relicensing of Merced River projects has found that FERC erred in limiting the geographic area which needed to be studied for impacts from the project.The three-person panel was formed after the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS),... read more

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