FERC Delivers a Win for Twin Falls in Idaho

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After years of fighting on behalf of the Twin Falls on the Snake River in Idaho, Coalition members recently secured a victory to protect the Falls from drying up.In 1995, Idaho Power Company, the operator of the Twin Falls hydropower project, proposed to reduce the amount of water flowing through... read more

FERC Terminates License for Project in South Carolina

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FERC has terminated the license for the Whitney Mills hydroelectric project located on Lawsons Fork Creek, in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.The project ceased operation in July 2005 and in February 2014, the licensee for the project informed FERC of his intent to surrender the license for the... read more

Massachusetts to Provide Funding to Upgrade its Hydropower Facilities

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced a grant funding opportunity to help upgrade existing hydropower facilities and eventually obtain either a certification by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) or qualify for Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.To be eligible for a piece... read more

Hydropower from British Columbia not eligible as renewable in California

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On January 15, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted a report that concluded hydropower from British Columbia (BC) is not eligible as renewable in California (CA) and recommended not revising (i.e. weakening) the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) hydropower regulations to allow... read more

HRC Produces a Recreational Assessment of Proposed Tidal Energy Project

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the National Park Service have collaborated to produce an assessment of the recreational issues surrounding a proposed tidal energy project in the Kenai Peninsula near Nikiski Alaska.Using the guidance offered by Hydrokinetic Energy Projects and... read more

FERC To Hold Workshop to Hydropower Licensing

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a workshop on October 2, 2013 to explore the possibility of a two-year licensing process for hydropower development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects.The workshop is being held to comply with Section 6 of the... read more

Hydro Bills Head to the President’s Desk

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Last week, the United States Senate passed two hydropower bills by unanimous consent. The two bills now await President Obama’s signature.The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, sponsored by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, aims to expedite the permitting process for... read more

State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserve Water

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  Hydropower Reform Coalition * Center for Environmental Law & PolicyAmerican Whitewater * Columbia River Bioregional Education Project North Cascades Conservation Council * Sierra Club News Release July 26, 2013 State Board rules: Similkameen Falls deserve... read more

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish Would be an Economic Loser

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July 16, 2013Dam proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an economic loserNew Analysis Reveals Extreme Unprofitability of Proposed Sunset Falls Hydropower ProjectContact:Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater, 425-417-9012, okeefe@americanwhitewater.orgRich Bowers, Hydropower Reform Coalition... read more

Plans to Develop Hydrokinetic Projects on the Mississippi Abandoned

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A combination of challenges including low water levels on the Mississippi has forced a developer to surrender the permits it held to study the feasibility of hydrokinetic projects on the Mississippi River.A letter filed before FERC by Free Flow Power on June 17 states “pursuing development of... read more