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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

New Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database by DOE

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With interest in marine and hydrokinetic energy development in the US rapidly rising, the Department of Energy has developed a database of existing and potential projects.The database includes information on the location, application, nameplate capacity, stage and status of various companies’... read more

FERC Chairman Kelliher submits resignation

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FERC Chairman Joseph Kelliher will step down at the start of the new administration on January 20.Through a statement released yesterday, Chairman Kelliher stated that he would immediately begin to recuse himself from FERC business. Kelliher was appointed chairman by President Bush in July 2005.It... read more

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

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