Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Category: Relicensing

New hatchery part of Grant PUD licensing costs

By Lynne Lynch Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — The costs associated with the estimated $43 million Chief Joseph Hatchery north of Brewster were planned spending for Grant County PUD’s licensing efforts. Grant PUD received a new federal license to own … Read on 

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Studies on dam removal on track

Decision likely by the March 2012 decline By Ty Beaver Herald & News Federal authorities studying the feasibility of Klamath River dam removal are on schedule and say the U.S. Secretary of the Interior should be able to make a … Read on 

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Turbine work nearly a year behind schedule

PUD unhappy with contractor By Janelle Atyeo Newport Miner NEWPORT – The first new turbine at Box Canyon Dam should be up and running by Jan. 24, 2011. The original plan was to have it up and running by mid-March … Read on 

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County signs Seattle agreement

By Janelle Atyeo Newport Miner NEWPORT – Pend Oreille County commissioners officially signed off on a agreement over the next 10 years of impact payments for Boundary Dam, ending two years of heated negotiations with dam owners Seattle City Light. … Read on 

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Congressman tours new Baker River fish facility

By Staff Courier Times CONCRETE – U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett) visited Puget Sound Energy’s Baker RIver Hydroelectric Project to hear utility staffers promote the economic and environmental benefits the energy facility brings to the region. PSE is reducing the … Read on 

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Round Butte Dam tower to release more cold water

Deschutes River: Operators will try a cooler mix to meet temperature goals By Quinton Smith The Oregonian Operators of a massive new water tower at Round Butte Dam near Madras agreed Friday to again release more cold water into the … Read on 

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Tacoma Power receives 50-year license for Cushman Dam

By Arla Sherphard Shelton-Mason County Journal More than a year after Tacoma Power and the Skokomish Tribe agreed to settle their three-decade-long fight over the Cushman Dam properties, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order Thursday amending the … Read on 

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Packwood Lake hydroelectric project upgrade stalled

By Natalie Johnson Shelto-Mason County Journal PUD 3 has a 10-percent stake in electricity produced at Energy Northwest’s Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project but staffers said this week that an effort to increase productivity at the site will be scrapped due … Read on 

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New heart at the dam

Tacoma Power Rebuilds 1968 Machines Inside Washington’s Tallest Dam By Dian McClurg The Chronicle MOSSYROCK — What weighs 62½ tons, is 16 feet in diameter and will soon help generate 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of energy each year? If you said … Read on 

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$11M effort to make fish-safe turbine

By Staff Daily Journal of Commerce The US Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded an $11 million contract to Voith Hydro of York, PA for work at Ice Harbor Lock and dam on the Snake River near Burbank. Voith will … Read on 

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Studies about dam removal on track

Interior Secretary to make decision by 2012 By Ty Beaver Herald & News The process to determine whether removal of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams is feasible and the best way to improve the river’s fisheries is on track. About … Read on 

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Let’s be sure Shoshone Falls’ future is secure

By Editorial Times-News Fifty years is a long time to repent in leisure. So let’s make sure – very sure – of what we’re in for if the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency approves Idaho Power’s plans to replace two small … Read on 

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Douglas PUD files draft application for FERC relicensing of Wells Dam

By Douglas County PUD Brewster Quad-City Herald Douglas County PUD had filed its draft license application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is a major milestone in FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process for the Wells Hydroelectric Project.

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Snohomish PUD reaches key agreements on Jackson Hydro project relicensing

By Staff Stanwood Camano News Snohomish County Public Utility District has reached agreements with several key parties as part of the relicensing of the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project, located north of Sultan.

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PUD works on a plan for people and fish

The PUD is renewing a hydropower permit and hopes to improve the Sultan River’s environment and recreation. By Bill Sheets Herald Writer EVERETT — A few years from now, there could be more salmon spawning in the Sultan River, and … Read on 

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Newsprint company, others approve Box Canyon settlement

The settlement allows the dam owner, the Pend Oreille Public Utility District (PUD), to begin work on several fish restoration and environmental mitigation requirements of Box Canyon’s new 50-year license. The projects were on hold since 2005 when the PUD appealed parts of the license. Read on 

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P&Z considers plans for hydroelectric project

ST. ANTHONY —- Fall River Rural Electrical Cooperative secured a Class 2 permit to allow construction of a 3.3 megawatt power plant on the southeastern side of the Chester Dam, on the Henry’s Fork. Read on 

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HYPA Official Urges Reform Of Hydropower Relicencing

Business Wire With the warning that the federal relicensing process is slowly, butnsteadily, turning off the tap on America’s hydropower resources,” a NewnYork Power Authority (NYPA) official urged the Federal Energy RegulatorynCommission (FERC) to significantly reform the process. Two-thirds of … Read on 

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County Anticipates PGE, Tribes Agreement

By David McMechan Pioneer County officials are confident that an agreement is imminent that will end their concerns regarding a possible loss of property tax revenue from the Pelton-Round Butte hydroelectric facilities. The agreement will be between the county, Portland … Read on 

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DJ Congress Directs US FERC To Study Hydropower Licensing

Nan Nalder, Acres International Dow Jones Newswires WASHINGTON – Congress directed the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of its hydropower licensing procedures as part of legislation adopted Tuesday reauthorizing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The brief … Read on 

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Conservationists Leave Dam Talks

Relicensing: Groups want negotiations to become public, but mediated talks continue By Garret Jaros The News-Review Conservation groups will not continue with negotiations to relicense the North Umpqua Hydroelectric project, but settlement talks will go forward. Federal and state agencies … Read on 

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Competition, Dam Breaching Among PUD License Issues

By Joe Dennis The Journal MOSES LAKE – Concerns over the threat of dam breaching and competition from other entities were the major topic addressed by speakers during a Grant PUD relicensing meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Moses Lake Convention … Read on 

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PUD Begins Writing Process On Relicense Application

Individual working groups delegated to develop priorities By Richard Uhlhorn Chelan Valley Mirror With the Chelan County PUD beginning to write their license application for relicensing of the Lake Chelan Hydroelectric Project pressure is beginning to build on the different … Read on 

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FERC: PUD Dam Licenses Are Open To Competition

By Joe Dennis The Journal EPHRATA- Despite a FERC ruling opening competition for the Priest Rapids Hydroelectric Project to other entities. Grant PUD is in no worse position than other dam operator facing relicensing. That was the response of Grant … Read on 

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Grant County PUD May Face Competition For Dams

By Ryan Feeney The Wenatchee World EPHRATA – Ten Northwest power utilities that want cheap power may compete with the Grant County PUD for its license to operate Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams. A ruling last Friday by the Federal … Read on 

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FERC Terminates License To Build Dam On Snake River

By: Anne Minnard Idaho State Journal Pocatello – Local environmental groups welcome the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’ s decision to terminate the license for a hydroelectric power project near Twin Falls as a strike against further damming the Snake river. … Read on 

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Hydro Dams Must Pay To Stay

Tom Stuart Times-News During the next decade, many privately owned hydropower dams in Idaho must obtain new operating licenses from the federal government. These licenses will last up to 50 years. Thus, the new licenses will affect Idaho’s economy, environment, … Read on 

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Relicensing Dams Means New Access To Missouri

By Michael Babcock Tribune Outdoor Editor Four new public access points on the Missouri River are planned in the Great Falls vicinity. One, called the East Side Access between Morony Dam and Carter Ferry, and another near the Chouteau County … Read on 

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PUD Backs SCL’s Boundary Dam Relicensing Project

Guarantees county residents cheap power By Robert Chaney, Sr. The Miner NEWPORT – Pend Oreille Public Utility District No. 1 took steps on Tuesday, June 6, to guarantee that county residents will continue to have inexpensive power for many years … Read on 

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FERC Cancels Auger Falls Hydro License

By N.S. Nokkentved Times-News An unpopular hydroelectric project on the Snake River, dying a lingering death, is in its final throes, after a federal agency terminated its license. Federal officials have canceled the license on a electric project proposed at … Read on 

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FERC Rules Against Grant PUD’s Relicensing Methods

Federal agency requires traditional relicensing approach for Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams By: Devin Proctor Columbia Basin Herald After two federal agencies and other fishery interests objected to Grant CountynPUD’s use of alternative relicensing methods, the Federal Energy RegulatorynCommission ruled … Read on 

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Soda Springs Dam Talks To Resume

Staff News-Review Toketee – PacifiCorp spokesman Tim O’Connor said this morning there will be an exploratory meeting Friday in Portland to consider restarting settlement talks on the Soda Springs Dam. Those agreeing to be present are Douglas County officials, the … Read on 

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Reprieve For Dams Expected

By The Associated Press The Seattle Times The National Marine Fisheries Service is expected to say next month that 4 Snake River dams should remain standing for at least five or 10 more years. After that, if not enough progress … Read on 

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Dam Re-licensing Bill Provides Balance

Editorial By Sen. Larry Craig Post-Register After reading the Post Register’s April 19, 2000, editorial, Craig’s one-sided bill,” three questions immediately come to mind: Did anyone from the Post Register attempt to discuss with me or my staff what my … Read on 

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Craig’s One-Sided Bill

By J. Robb Brady Post-Register U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, wants a one-sided approach to dam re-licensing. The Idaho Republican would revise laws governing the re-licensing of private dams by: – Limiting how much power companies are obligated to pay … Read on 

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Dam Relicensing Is Greater Issue Facing Idaho Power

Staff Idaho Statesman It’s too early to read a lot into Idaho Power Co.’s contention that it will be unable to meet peak demands by the summer of 2004 unless the company’s power capability is increased. Company officials are not … Read on 

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Pend Oreille PUD Seeks Box Canyon Relicensing

By Kim Crompton Journal of Business Pend Oreille Public Utility District No.1, which serves about 7,400 electricity customers in northeast Washington, has applied to federal authorities for a new operating license for Box Canyon Dam, a 60-megawatt hydroelectric facility located … Read on 

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PUD Wins National Award For Internet Web Innovation

Staff Chelan Valley Mirror Being the first to use the Internet to keep agencies and the public informed on relicensing efforts for the Lake Chelan and the Rocky Reach Hydroelectric projects has earned Chelan County PUD a Hydro Achievement Award … Read on 

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Utility Starts Relicensing Of Baker River Dams

By Jim Feehan Skagit Valley Herald Placing fish in elevators and handling a potential eruption of Mount Baker were some of the questions posed to Puget Sound Energy officials at a meeting Thursday to discuss relicensing the utility company’s Baker … Read on 

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Relicensing Of Dams Begins

By Jim Feehan Skagit Valley Herald Efforts to restore salmon have put new wrinkles on the debate over the future of dams on the Skagit River and its tributaries. Puget Sound Energy is beginning the process of renewing its licenses … Read on 

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Dam Relicensing A Long, High-Stakes Game

By Patti Walker Hells Canyon Journal The relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex of three dams is an enormous, complex, lengthy, and high stakes” undertaking. That was made evident to county officials and others attending a special meeting in Halfway … Read on 

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Company Found A Better Way

By John Webster The Spokesman-Review It happened quietly, unnoticed in the storm. Like a salmon hatching in sonic remote Idaho stream, while thunder rockets off the mountain walls and hail pelts the leaves. Last month, with little fanfare, two large … Read on 

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Dam Talks In Limbo

Stalled dam relicensing negotiations may soon get back on track with federal, state agencies, stakeholders By Garret Jaros The News Review Negotiations are under way on whether to continue settlement talks to relicense the dams on the North Umpqua River. … Read on 

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Agency Denies Permit To Fire Up Aged Enloe Dam

By Dan Hansen The Spokesman-Review Federal regulators have dimmed hopes of firing up an aged hydroelectric dam in Eastern Washington. But the future of Enloe Dam remains uncertain, as it has been since 1959, when the dam last produced electricity. … Read on 

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Avista Secures Licensing For Dams

By Bert Caldwell The Spokesman-Review Federal regulators Wednesday moved with unprecedented speed to grant Avista Corp. a new License for two Clark Fork River dams. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has never renewed a license for a major hydroelectric project … Read on 

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Babbitt looks beyond Elwah dams

Interior secretary says all federal barriers should face review, too By JOEL CONNELLY Seattle Post-Intelligencer All federal dams should undergo the same periodic full-scale review of operations, benefits and environmental impacts that privately owned dams are subject to, Interior Secretary … Read on 

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Avista Clears Hurdle For Clark Fork Dams

By Bert Caldwell, Staff writer Spokesman Review Federal regulators could vote to relicense two Avista Corp. dams on the Clark Fork River in as little as 30 days. A final environmental impact statement for the Noxon Rapids and Cabinet Gorge … Read on 

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Left In The Dark: Deregulation Stripped Incentive For Power Plants

By Russell Sadler Mail Tribune The Northwest Power Planning Council estimates there is one chance in four that a dry, cold winter will create a power shortage in the Pacific Northwest during the next four years. Despite years of successful … Read on 

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PUD progress report”

By Joe Dennis Grant Co. Journal An overview of progress made during 1999 and a look at what lies ahead for 2000, was presented during a pair of public meetings Tuesday as the Grant County PUD continues the relicensing process … Read on 

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Four Dam Pool Proposes Purchase Of Hydro Plants

Staff Sentinel The five utilities that buy power from the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) (Ketchikan Public Utilities, Kodiak Electric Association, Copper Valley Electric Association, Petersburg Municipal Power and Light and City of Wrangell Light & Power,) commonly known as the … Read on 

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Pacific Corp Hopes To Rekindle Dam Talks

DTO meeting: Utilities spokewoman explains position concering Soda Springs Dam By Eric Fetters The News-Review Though PacifiCorp officials ended talks with the U.S. Forest Service about relicensing the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project, the utility still hopes a settlement can be … Read on 

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PGE Seeks Renewal Of Hydro Licenses

By Jim Hart West Linn Tidings Two public meetings are scheduled Jan. 20 to help in the process of deciding whether the hydroelectric dam on the Willamette River near West Linn will continue to produce electricity. The meetings are preliminary … Read on 

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Tribes To Acquire Majority Interest

By David McMechan, News Editor Pioneer Portland General Electric and the Warm Springs tribes are working on an agreement that would result, eventually, in the tribes acquiring more than half ownership of the Pelton-Round Butte hydroelectric facilities. Under the proposed … Read on 

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