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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

Final Environmental Assessment Report issued for Cushaw

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FERC has recommended issuing a new license to Dominion Virginia Power for continued operation of the Cushaw hydroelectric project on the James River near Glasgow, Virginia. The project occupies 4.12 acres of the Jefferson National Forest's James River Face Wilderness Area and 0.76 acres of... read more

License issued for continued operation of Ottumwa

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On April 30, 2008 FERC issued a license for operation of the Ottumwa project located on Des Moines River in Ottumwa, IA- 80 miles southeast of Des Moines. This 3.25 MW project is operated as run-of-river consisting of a 18-foot high dam and three generating units.The license is issued on a... read more

Governor opposes Bear Lake project in Utah

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The proposed 60-MW Hook Canyon project in Utah received a huge blow when the Governor of Utah decided that the voice of the general public and the value of the Bear lake for tourism and local ecosystem should not be compromised. Gov. Jon Huntsman recently directed the Division of State Parks... read more

FERC issues a 40-year license for Priest Rapids project on mid-Columbia River

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Last week, FERC issued a 40-year license to the Grant County PUD to operate the Priest Rapids hydro project. The Priest Rapids project, consisting of Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams is the lowermost project on the Mid-Columbia River. Located upstream are three other FERC licensed projects-... read more

Information portal on Elwha Watershed and Dam Removal

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As preparations are being made to dismantle the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in 2009, the University of Idaho has developed a web portal with information on dam removal and watershed restoration. According to the website, the Elwha Watershed Information Resource, "...will... read more

License terminated for Marseilles project on Illinois River

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FERC issued an order on April 17, 2008 terminating the license for the 4.75 MW Marseilles Hydroelectric project that would have been built at the Marseilles Dam owned by the US Army Corps or Engineers. The license required Marseilles Hydropower LLC to start construction for the project within the... read more

Huge Opposition to Bear Lake Pumped Storage Project

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Citing the project as expensive, inefficient and environmentally unsound, there has been a huge public opposition to the proposed Hook Canyon project which would require construction of a new 160 foot high dam on the Fish Hook Creek in Rich County, Utah. FERC granted a preliminary permit for the... read more

Presentation on the Story of the Muskingum River Locks and Dams

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A lecture about river system and locks & dams, will be presented at the Ohio River Museum, on Marietta, OH on April 6, 3:00-4:30 pm. The presentation entitled "Oh Dams! The Story of the Muskingum River Locks and Dams" will discuss the lock and dam system running from Zanesville to... read more

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