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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

EA Released for Proposed Project in Montana

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This week FERC released its Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed hydroelectric project on the Flint Creek near Philipsburg, Montana.Granite County filed an application last year to operate the proposed 2 MW Flint Creek Hydroelectric Project (P-12107) which would utilize the existing... read more

Three More Hydroelectric Projects Qualify as Low Impact

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The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has certified three more projects that meet their low-impact certification criteria. The three projects are Winooski in Vermont, Farmers Irrigation District in Oregon; and the Robertson and Ashuelot in New Hampshire.Through the certification, LIHI... read more

Efficiency Improvement Qualifies Piney Hydro Project for Tax Credits

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FERC issued a certification order yesterday confirming increased generation in the Piney hydroelectric project through efficiency improvement. The project is located on the Clarion River in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. In its application filed in October 2009, Brookfield stated that it had... read more

Holtwood Project Authorized to Increase Capacity

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With approval from FERC, the Holtwood hydroelectric facility can now increase its capacity from 107.2MW to 195.5MW. FERC's order issued on October 30 has also extended the license term. With the extension, the license will now expire on August 31, 2030.PPL, the licensee for the project, expects... read more

AP: Climate Change Likely to Reduce Hydropower Generation

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Citing a Swiss study, a recent AP article warns that the rapid melting of glaciers due to climate change poses short-term opportunities and long-term risks for hydropower, thereby stressing the need for improving efficiency at existing hydro projects. 

EA Released for Ames Project in Colorado

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FERC has released the final environmental assessment for an application to continue operation of Ames Hydroelectric Project, just north of Telluride, Colorado.Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) had filed a license application in June 2008 to operate the 3.5 MW project on the Lake Fork and... read more

Dameffects.org Now in Spanish

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The hugely popular dameffects website (www.dameffects.org) is now available in Spanish.HRC collaborated with Colorado State University (USA) and Universidad de Concepción (Chile) to produce the  Spanish version.Visit the Spanish website here.

Agreement Paves Way For a Healthy Klamath River

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A draft agreement, known as the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) that may lead to the removal of four Klamath River dams, was released earlier this week.The Hydroelectric Agreement also includes provisions for the interim operation of the dams and the process to transfer,... read more

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