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FERC releases EA for DeSabla-Centerville (P-803)

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FERC has issued an EA for relicensing of the DeSabla- Centerville hydroelectric project (P-803) located on the Butte Creek and the West Feather River in Butte County, California.The 26.6-megawatt project consists of three developments (Toadtown, DeSabla, and Centerville), which collectively include... read more

Northeastern utilities seek to import hydroelectricity from Canada

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In a petition submitted last week, two utilities in New England have requested FERC to approve construction of a transmission tie line connecting New England with the Hydro-Québec system in Canada. The utilities- Northeast Utilities Service Company and NSTAR Electric Company have already singed a... read more

FERC approves first ever in-river hydrokinetic project in the US

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Through a license amendment to an existing project, the FERC has approved installation of hydrokinetic turbines at the Mississippi Lock and Dam Project #2 in Hastings, Minnesota.The City of Hastings has partnered with Hydro Green Energy, a Houston based company, to install two turbines, each with a... read more

Utility in PA Withdraws Plans to Expand Hydroproject

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The $440 million price tag to expand the Holtwood hydropower project has forced PPL to withdraw its application filed last year to increase capacity at the existing project.PPL Corporation had plans to increase the capacity of the existing project by 125 MW.PPL currently has a FERC license that... read more

Twin Cities Hydro Project Seeks LIHI Certification

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The twin cities hydropower project located at the Mississippi Lock and Dam No. 1 (P-362) in St. Paul, MN is seeking to be certified as a low-impact project under the Low Impact Hydropower Institute's (LIHI) certification criteria.The 17.92 MW project was licensed by FERC in November 2004 and is... read more

FERC Releases FEIS for Holtwood Project

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposal to increase capacity at the Holtwood hydroelectric project (P-1881) on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.The operator of the project has requested to construct a new... read more

Tidal barrage projects to require conventional license

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Through a letter issued to Tidewater Associates on November 3, FERC has determined that tidal barrage projects do not qualify for a hydrokinetic pilot license but will have to obtain a license as conventional hydropower. This type of technology requires construction of a dam, which is the reason... read more

St. Lawrence Hydro Will Receive Production Tax Credits

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St Lawrence Hydroelectric project located on the Merrimack River in Lawrence, MA will now receive tax credits for electricity generation because of its recent efficiency upgrades.In its application filed on Sep 29, Essex Company, the operator of the project stated that the existing wooden... read more

Hudson River project gets tax credits for additional generation

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has certified additional electricity generation at the Hudson River hydroelectric project as being renewable energy eligible to receive tax credits.Erie Boulevard Hydropower LP, the licensee for the project, stated in its application filed on... read more

Baker project licensed for 50 years

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Last Friday, FERC issued a 50-year license to the Puget Sound Energy Inc. for operation of Baker River Hydroelectric Project (P-2150) in Skagit and Whatcom counties, Washington.The license accompanies a Settlement Agreement signed by the licensee, state and federal resource agencies, tribes,... read more

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