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LIHI Certifies One and Recertifies Another Hydroproject in the Northeast

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On July 3, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute's board certified the Oswego River Project , on the Oswego River, New York as a "low-impact" hydropower project. Similarly, the Worumbo project on the Androscoggin River, Maine was also recertified.The Oswego Project consists of five... read more

Tax credit certification for hydroproject in Maine

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FERC has certified the Rumford Falls project on the Androscoggin River in Maine for renewable energy production tax credit. According to the licensee, a subsidiary of Brookfield Power, upgrading of runners at the lower station is underway and scheduled to be completed by the end of June. The... read more

A MN city seeks approval to operate first in-river hydrokinetic project

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On April 24, 2008 City of Hastings, MN filed an application seeking to get an approval from the federal government to run an in-river hydrokinetic project. The proposed hydrokinetic project is to be located just downstream of Mississippi Lock and Dam # 2 in Hastings, MN about 30 miles... read more

City of Hamilton to generate electricty at Meldahl Locks and Dam

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The City of Hamilton, OH has obtained a federal license to operate a 106 MW hydropower facility at the Captain Anthony Meldahl locks and dam near Augusta, Kentucky. According to the license issued yesterday, the project to be located on the existing Army Corps dam on the Ohio River, will occupy... read more

House Subcommittee holds hearing on hydropower

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On Thursday, June 12, House Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing on hydropower's future. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5th WA), a ranking member in the Subcommittee had requested for the hearing.Coalition chair American Rivers submitted a written testimony while Richard Roos... read more

After all hydro may not be green

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After all, hydro may not be emissions free! Surprised? Some scientists are suggesting that hydropower reservoirs may in fact be producing greenhouse gases.Scientists are suggesting that reservoirs around the world could be emitting as much as 70 millions tons of methane and 1 billion tons of carbon... read more

Cushaw project licensed for 30 years

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Earlier today, FERC issued a 30-year license to Dominion Virginia Power for continued operation of Cushaw hydroelectric project on the James River in Virginia. The project is located on the James River which provides habitat for James spinymussel, which is one of 37 threatened or endangered mussel... read more

Morgan Falls licensed for 30 years

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Last week FERC issued a new license for operation of the 16.8 MW project in Cobb and Fulton counties in Georgia. This project occupies 14.4 acres of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.The Coalition and its members- American Rivers and Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper had sent in comments... read more

Hydro project in California to get production tax credits

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FERC has certified the Pit 3, 4 & 5 hydroelectric projects on the Pit River in California to be eligible for production tax credits (PTC) under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.In July 2007, PG&E had completed a turbine upgrade by installing a new runner, new wicket gates, and upgrading other... read more

Editorial: Lake Powell Pipeline project needs better assessment

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There have been increasing concerns in Utah about the proposed Lake Powell pipeline project which will also include hydropower projects. Although the project is primarily a water supply project, FERC has been charged to conduct the environmental analysis due to the proposal for power... read more

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