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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

Montana Dam Proposals To Be Withdrawn!

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Source: American Whitewaterposted June 7, 2013by Kevin ColburnThe company that has been seeking permits to build three new hydropower projects in Montana announced today that they are abandoning their proposals - for now.  This is a great relief for the many Montanans that care about... read more

Good News for Butte Creek in California

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The California State Water Board issued a draft water quality certification (401 certification) earlier this week that requires the operator of DeSabla-Centreville hydroelectric project to adopt measures to improve water quality and quantity in the Butte Creek. The draft 401 was prepared as part of... read more

Hydro Bill Gets Unanimous Approval in the House

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The US House unanimously approved the bipartisan Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (HR 267) yesterday.The bill aims to expedite the permitting process for conduit hydropower and direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study the feasibility of a streamlined two-year permitting process... read more

House Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Hydro Bill

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee of the newly elected 113th Congress has passed a bipartisan hydropower bill that aims to improve the regulatory efficiency for certain types of hydropower projects.The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (H.R. 267), introduced by Representative... read more

Low Water Levels on the Mississippi Forces Developer to Reconsider Hydrokinetic Projects

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The recent drought and record low water levels on the Mississippi River has forced a proponent of hydrokinetic energy projects on the Mississippi river to reconsider its proposal.Free Flow Power, a Massachusetts based company had been exploring development of hydrokinetic energy projects on the... read more

FERC Grants Permit to Study Possibility of Pumped Storage Project Near Twin Falls, Idaho

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Through a preliminary permit issued on Jan 9, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted permission to Corral Creek South Hydro to study the feasibility of developing a 1,100 MW pumped storage project near Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho.Corral Creek South Hydro, a subsidiary... read more

Coalition Members urge FERC to Dismiss Two Preliminary Permits

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An apparent lack of progress supplemented by lack of collaboration and inability to pay for project related recovery costs has urged Coalition members to petition FERC to cancel two preliminary permits in Oregon.The proposed projects are: Two Girls Creek Hydroelectric Project (P-14145), with a 5MW... read more

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