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FERC Claims Jurisdiction on Hydrokinetic Projects on the Outer Continental Shelf

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Through a press release issued last week, FERC has claimed jurisdiction over hydro projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), a region within three miles off the ocean shore.FERC asserted that the Federal Power Act (FPA) gives the Commission authority to regulate hydroelectric projects on the... read more

Court: Project does not interfere with religious freedom

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In a recent decision (see the attachment below) issued by the US Court of Appeals, a judge decided that Snoqualmine Falls hydroelectric project does not interfere with a local tribe's religious freedom.The Snoqualmie India Tribe considers Snoqualmine Falls that lies within the project boundary... read more

Tax extensions approved for renewable energy

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President Bush signed a bill today that extends tax credit for renewable energy sources, including qualifying hydropower, by two more years. Under the bill, conventional hydropower also qualifies as being eligible for tax credits, as long as electricity is generated by adding hydroelectric turbines... read more

Public Input Sought in Removal of Hydroelectric Dams

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Six years ago, Traverse City Light and Power, the owner of the hydroelectric projects on the Boardman River decided that the economic and environmental benefits to be gained by discontinuing to operate the projects would be greater than the benefits provided by power generation.Now, they are trying... read more

American Rivers Accepting River Restoration Proposals

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American Rivers recently announced the opening of the American Rivers-NOAA grant for 2009 for river restoration projects. According to American Rivers, since 2001, this partnership has provided technical and financial assistance to community based projects that aim to restore fish species by... read more

FERC terminates a hydro license after 14 years of in-operation

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After 14 years of in-operation, FERC has terminated the license for Appleton Trust Hydropower Project (P-9300) on the Hamilton Canal in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The project, when it was operational before November 1994, had the capacity to produce 346 kW.According to FERC, the project... read more

FERC issues a license for Santa Felicia project in California

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FERC issued a 40-year license today to United Water Conservation District for operation of Santa Felicia hydroelectric project in Ventura County, CA.Although the project boundary contains endangered and threatened species such as Southern California steelhead, Santa Ana sucker. Southwestern Arroyo... read more

Bar Mills project in Maine licensed for 40 years

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A 40-year license has been issued to FPL Energy to operate the Bar Mills hydroelectric project on the Saco River in York County, Maine.The license order for this 4 MW project was issued on August 28.Following the guidelines in the 2007 Settlement Agreement, the license requires installing upstream... read more

In-river Hydrokinetics - Frequently Asked Questions

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In-River Hydrokinetic ProjectsFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is in-river hydrokinetic technology?In-river hydrokinetic electricity  is generated by river currents that power turbines that are anchored to a river bottom or attached to existing infrastructure.  Although hydrokinetic... read more

Fort Halifax dam comes down, Sebasticook revives

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Earlier this week, the end of Fort Halifax dam in Maine marked the beginning of a free flowing Sebasticook river. Huge excavators started tearing down the 29 ft-high dam, that had been there for a century, paving way for habitat for several mussel and fish species.Supported by federal agencies and... read more

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