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HRC Position on Renewable Energy Policies

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition has published a position statement describing what types of hydropower deserve incentives and how hydropower fits in a renewable energy policy.The policy statement is available for download here. 

Flows Improved in North Fork Feather River

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In an order issued last week, FERC approved a new flow schedule for the Cresta reach of the North Fork Feather River. Coalition members California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and American Whitewater (AW) were instrumental in achieving the improved flows in the river.While the new flow... read more

New York Project Will Receive Production Tax Credits

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The additional generation at Raquette River project in New York will now be eligible to receive tax credits under EPAct 2005.Yesterday FERC issued a letter certifying that the four developments in the project owned by Erie Boulevard had generated 24912 kWh more than the historic annual generation... read more

Three Dams Coming Out: Cold Water Fisheries Will Benefit

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At a meeting last week, city and county commissioners voted to remove the Boardman, Brownbridge, and Sabin Dams while keeping the Union Street dam, all in Grand Traverse County.On April 9, 2009, the Traverse City Council and the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners met in a joint session to... read more

PPL Revives Plan To Expand Holtwood Project

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After withdrawing its application to add capacity to its Holtwood Project last year, PPL Corporation is now looking to revisit the plan. In a letter filed last Thursday, PPL has requested FERC to accept an application which it states is virtually the same as the one submitted to FERC in December... read more

FERC and MMS Clarify Jurisdictional Issues

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After months of row between FERC and Mineral Management Services (MMS) under the Department of Interior over jurisdiction over renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday that clarifies each agency's roles... read more

North Carolina Seeks To Take Over Yadkin Project

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The state of North Carolina has intervened in the licensing of Yadkin hydroelectric project and is seeking to take over the project.The 209 MW Yadkin Project on the Yadkin River is owned and operated by Alcoa Power Generating Inc., a one-time largest employer in the Stanley County through its... read more

Montana Project To Increase Generating Capacity

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PPL Montana has received approval from FERC to generate more power at the Rainbow development, one of nine hydroelectric developments in its Missouri-Madison project (P-2188).The license amendment approved last week will now allow expansion of the project by constructing a new powerhouse and adding... read more

HRC and National Hydropower Association Congratulate Salazar and Wellinghoff on Commitment to Resolve Jurisdictional Dispute

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the National Hydropower Association sent a letter this week to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff congratulating them for committing to resolve the jurisdictional dispute over the siting and licensing... read more

Wellinghoff Named FERC Chairman, Kelly Re-appointed

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In an announcement made yesterday, President Barack Obama has designated Jon Wellinghoff to be the Chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and re-appointed Suedeen G. Kelly as a Commissioner.Mr. Wellinghoff had been the Acting Chairman of the Commission since January 2009 when the then... read more

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