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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

FERC Staff Issue Final EIS for Big Creek Projects

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the four hydroelectric projects on the Big Creek System, located in Fresno and Madera Counties in California.The four projects are owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) and include Mammoth... read more

FERC Rejects Climate Change Study

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In a move that has disappointed many, FERC has rejected a request to predict and evaluate the changes in project effects that will occur as a result of climate change that is likely to impact the local patterns of precipitation, runoff, evapo-transpiration and other meteorological patterns in two... read more

Tallassee Shoals Project in GA Looks to Get LIHI Certification- Again

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First certified in 2004, the Tallassee Shoals hydroelectric project on the Middle Oconee River in Georgia has applied for recertification of the facility with the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI).According to the application posted on the LIHI website, the project was constructed in 1984 and... read more

Rocky Reach Hydro in Washington Gets 43-year License

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FERC has issued a 43-year license to the Chelan County PUD in Washington for continued operation of the Rocky Reach Hydroelectric Project (P-2145).The license issued last week is based on the Rocky Reach Comprehensive Settlement Agreement signed in 2006 by the PUD, the tribes and state and federal... read more

First License for Wave Energy Surrendered

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Finavera Renewables, the first licensee for a wave energy project, has surrendered its license before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The proposed Makah Bay wave energy project (P-12751) with a capacity of 1 MW would have been located in Olympic Coast Sanctuary in the Pacific Ocean, 1.9... read more

New Reports Support Removal of Klamath Dams

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Three new reports show that removing the four dams on Klamath River will benefit the health of the river and salmon in the long run.A joint press release issued by American Rivers and the Karuk Tribe, states that the removal of the dams will have relatively minor negative effects in the short-run,... read more

Interior Requests To Reconsider Decision to License Hydrokinetic Project on Mississippi

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Through a letter sent last week, the Department of Interior (DOI) has requested FERC for a rehearing of the decision to issue an amended license that allows for operation of hydrokinetic project on the Mississippi river in Hastings, Minnesota.Interior has long been requesting for adoption of pilot... read more

Parties Sign Settlement for Cushman Project in Washington

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Following the DC Circuit Court in 2006, Tacoma Power, Skokomish Tribe, agencies and other stakeholders have signed a settlement agreement that will govern the operations of the Cushman Hydroelectric project on the Skokomish River.The agreement signed on Jan 12, addresses resources issues including... read more

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