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EA Released for Carmen-Smith Project on the McKenzie river

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FERC has released an Environmental Assessment for the Carmen-Smith project (P-2242) located on the McKenzie river in Lane and Linn counties in Oregon.Among other things, the EA has recommended construction of fish passage facilities at the Trail Bridge dam. The EA notes that although the... read more

Montana Dam to Add Hydro

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Clark Canyon Hydro has received a new original license to add hydropower to an existing dam on the Beaverhead river in Beaver County, Montana.Clark Canyon Hydro plans to add two turbines with a combined generating capacity of 4.7 MW. The dam owned by the Bureau of Reclamation is currently being... read more

Court Vacates License Order, Says FERC Should Have Analyzed All Alternatives

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a 2007 FERC license order for the School Street Project and asked FERC to revisit the proceeding.FERC was challenged by Green Island Power Authority (GIPA), which wants to develop its proposed 100-MW Cohoes Falls project just downstream of the... read more

Coalition Members Reach Settlement in Saluda Project

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Coalition members American Rivers, American Whitewater, and Coastal Conservation League along with state and federal agencies have reached an agreement for the Saluda hydroelectric project (P-516) on the Saluda River in South Carolina.The agreement marks another milestone in the collaborative... read more

FERC and MMS Provide Further Clarification

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Following a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Minerals Management Services (MMS) have issued a guidance document that clarifies a lot of the process and jurisdictional questions regarding development of hydrokinetic projects on the... read more

US House Okays Bill to Stop Termination of License

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The US House passed a bill earlier this week to allow six more years to start construction for developing hydropower at Melvin Price Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River in Alton, IL.The legislation HR 2938 introduced by Rep. Jerry Costello, D- Belleville keeps the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency... read more

Avista Gets 50-year License for Spokane River Projects

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Avista Corporation has received a new 50-year license to operate its Spokane River hydroelectric projects (P-2545).Of the five developments, Post Falls is located in Idaho while the other four- Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine Mile and Long Lake, are located in Washington.The new license issued by... read more

President Obama Nominates John Norris to FERC Commissioner

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President Obama has nominated John R. Norris, Chief of Staff for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, to serve as the Commissioner at FERC.Norris served as the Chairman of Iowa Utilities Board for five years prior to serving as Secretary Vilsack’s Chief of Staff. As a member of National... read more

FERC and Washington Sign MoU on Development of Hydrokinetic Projects

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between FERC and the State of Washington to streamline the regulatory structure for development of hydrokinetic projects in Washington.Under the MoU, among other things, FERC and Washington will notify each other when one becomes aware of a potential... read more

LIHI Seeks Public Comments on Revised Criteria

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The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI), a non-profit organization based in Maine, is currently reviewing its certification criteria.LIHI is also looking for public comments on the revised criteria. The public comment period ends on June 29, 2009.For more information visit www.lowimpacthydro.org

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