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 and Recreation to drop negotiations for an easement, effectively killing the project.The proposed project was never received well by anyone.
FERC has made great strides recently soliciting public input on whether they can and should "consider decommissioning of a project as an alternative to issuing a new license." Also, FERC has asked for input on how cumulative impacts of hydro porjects in the same reiver basin should be addressed. In respone to this request, various NGOs have weighed in with their opinion. The Hydropower Reform Coalition states FERC needs a "cradle-to-grave" approach in licensing that would fund the retirement of a hydro facility at the end of its useful lfe without burdening taxpayers. Furthermore, rather than review dams one by one, FERC should conduct river basin wide analyses, issuing licenses according to that plan.
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