Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Yearly Archives: 2000

Hydro Biop Held Up Over Dam Breaching Language

By Bill Rudolph NWHA newsgroups The long-awaited final version of the Columbia/Snake hydro BiOp will likely be postponed for at least a week, according to NMFS spokesman Brian Gorman. Originally scheduled to he released Dec. 15., Gorman said the delay … Read on 

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Salmon Concerns Could Sink Plan For Lake Tapps

Pact Threatened: State agencies want enough water in river to protect fish runs By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Growing pressures to save salmon could blow big holes in the negotiations to save Lake Tapps. Lakeside homeowners, government agents and … Read on 

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New NMFS Research

By Bill Rudolph NWHA Mailing List New research federal scientists reported last week has thrown more cold water on the notion that augmented spring flows improve fish survival in the Snake River. A report by NMFS scientists at last week’s … Read on 

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MDU Executive DIscusses Concerns About Restructuring

By Jan Falstad The Gazette There is no chance neighboring states will soon follow Montana’s leap into restructuring its electrical industry, the top Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. executive said Wednesday. Ronald Tipton said North Dakota is still studying the issue and … Read on 

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Demand For Power Driving Up Prices

Bonneville seeking 15 percent increase in wholesale rates By Thomas Ryll Columbian Northwest utilifies and industries want more power than the Bonneville Power Administration has to sell, and prices are going up. The federal agency is proposing a 15 percent … 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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Dam Needs To Go, Conservationists Say

Chamber talk: Groups urge removaI of PacifiCorp’s Soda Springs Dam on North Umpqua By Garret Jaros The News-Revtew The removal of Soda Springs Dam is the best option for restoring historic fish runs and bringing long-term health to the North … Read on 

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Vanalco May Close Doors

One of first aluminum smelters in Northwest plans to lay off 600 workers by end of year By Mike Rogoway Columbian staff wnter Vanalco’s anticipated electricity deal has gone sour; so the company says it will part permanently with most … 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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It’s Unanimous! Power Council Approves New F&W Program

NWPPC members put the icing on the cake of their new fish and wildlife program last week, and then cut a real cake to celebrate the end of a long line-by-line march through the new program that began two weeks … Read on 

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Southeast Towns Close To Winning OK For Power Intertie

By Kristan Hutchison The Juneau Empire An electrical power grid for Southeast Alaska is on the verge of congressional approval. Due to deal-making by U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and U.S. Rep. Don Young, the measure made it through both chambers … Read on 

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Wired ‘Salmon’ Records How Fish Handle Rough Ride Through Dams

Scientists will use data to help lower mortality rate on the migratory journey By Amy E. Nevala Seattle Post-Intelligencer This month 601 salmon will take a survival test, plunging 40 feet down a spillway at Washington’s Rock Island Dam. Most … Read on 

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Bonneville: California Lawmakers Want Priority For Electricity; State Needs To Fix Its Deregulation Mess, BPA Says

By Les Blumenthal The News Tribune WASHINGTON – With electricity rates rising all along the West Coast, California’s senators have taken aim at the Bonneville Power Administration’s cheap power and asked Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to bar the federal marketing … Read on 

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Western Utilities Band Together To Form Transmission Concern

American City Business Journals, Inc. Six western utilities have taken an additional step toward formation of an independent transmission company, TransConnect, which would serve six states.nnTransConnect would be a member of the planned regional transmission organization, ETC West. TransConnect, a … Read on 

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Energizing The Next Century

I.F Power celebrates 100 years, prepares for the next 100 By Kortny Rolston Post Register Page through the annals of Idaho Fails history and it’s impossible not to come across a mention of its hydroelectric system. It’s played a major … Read on 

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Tribes Question Water Plan

Lake Tapps: Leaders of 2 tribes criticize governor’s support of water withdrawal they say could hurt salmon By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke said Monday that he had to exercise some restraint last week when he publicly … 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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Seattle City Council Blew It On Snake River Dams

Francois X. Forgette Post-Intelligencer I was disappointed to learn that the Seattle City Council recently passed a resolution favoring the breaching of the four dams on the lower Snake River here in Eastern Washington. I am well familiar with Seattle, … Read on 

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Electric Costs Likely To Stay Up

Experts testify that there is too little power to meet the demand By Mike Madden Statesman Journal WASHINGTON – High electricity prices that outraged residents and businesses across the Pacific Northwest this summer are not likely to come down any … Read on 

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In Lieu Of Breaching, Council Looks At Salmon Recovery Options

By Bill Stewart Vancouver Business Journal It seems we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t when it comes to one of the most volatile issues facing Northwest residents. That Catch-22 situation centers around a proposal to breach … Read on 

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Irrigators Win Court Battle With Utility

East Idaho group seeks to get power at lower cost – if any is available By Bob Fick The Associated Press Eastern Idaho irrigators, aggravated by the retail price they must pay for electricity, have won a major victory in … Read on 

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Locke Backs Drinking Water Option

Lake Tapps: Governor’s plan would avoid taxing property owners millions By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke announced Monday night that his office will push a single solution to save Lake Tapps without assessing property owners millions of … Read on 

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Salmon Are The Truly Priceless Asset

By Tracy Warner Wenatchee World How much is gravel worth? A lot, If salmon can lay their eggs it in it. A consortium of fisheries agencies believes the ratepayers of the Chelan County PUD should pay about $100 million over … Read on 

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GOP Drops Snake River Restriction On Interior Bill

The Seattle Times WASHINGTON – The House approved a $23.6 billion measure for water and energy programs yesterday, steering lawmakers toward a veto fight with President Clinton that each party thinks may help it win the White House.nnRepublicans, meanwhile, also … Read on 

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City 10-Year Pact With BPA

By R.J. Cohn Herald With the volatility of the deregulated energy market a growing concern, the Bonners Ferry City Council decided to solidify its electrical needs for the next decade by signing a 1-year contract with the Bonneville Power Administration … Read on 

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Assessing Kaiser Strike Misses Bigger Question

Bill Virgin Post-Intelligencer The Bruising 23-Month strike at Kaiser Aluminum’s three Washihgton plants is over, and the natural – but erroneous – temptation is to assess who won. Slightly more accurate, but still off the mark, would be to assess … Read on 

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Green Power: Is it ripe for Eastern Oregon?

Solar, wind power too costly for major use By Craig Scott East Oregonian With nearly 200 days of sunny weather a year and lots of wind in Eastern Oregon, solar and wind power might seem like obvious sources of electricity. … Read on 

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Northeasterners Suffer From ‘Power Envy’

By Richard Hensley East Oregonian Northwesterners are so uncool compared to our Northeastern counterparts. We don’t dress in black as much, we don’t whine as much and we, well, we’re just completely out of the loop as far as they’re … Read on 

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Dam Removal Isn’t Your Concern, Eastern Washington Tells Seattle

By Phuong Le Post-Intelligencer Eastern Washington to Seattle: Mind your own dam business. After the Seattle City Council last month unanimously passed a resolution supporting the partial removal of four lower Snake River dams, authorities east of the mountains responded … Read on 

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Army Engineers Say Reservoir Drawdown Deserves No More Study

By Erik Robinson Columbian Calling it too expensive with too littie to be gained for salmon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday recommended no further study of drawing down the largest reservoir on the Columbia River. The corps’ … Read on 

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Lake Tapps’ Importance Questioned

Task force, officials join forces to study lake’s role in area water supplies, cost of preserving lake By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Sumner officials are questioning whether the city would suffer if Lake Tapps disappeared. The Lake Tapps Task … Read on 

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Energy Costs May Have Delayed Effect

Supply hasn’t kept with rapid population growth By Ed Merriman Capital Press Staff Writer SALEM – Irrigators and rural residential customers in Oregon were mostly insulated from this summer’s spikes in wholesale energy costs. “There’s no way those wholesale price … Read on 

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Differing Viewpoints About Bear Lake Told Before Regional Commission

Jim Kimbal, Rolf Esche and Bryce Nielson represented differing interests in the management of Bear Lake at the Bear Lake Regional Commission meeting August 30. Kimbal, who attended FERC hearings in Soda Springs, said the federal agency needs to be … Read on 

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Salmon Protection Issue Heats Up

Politicians and environmentalists lock horns over how to save endangered fish. By Laurence M. Cruz and Mike Madden Statesman Journal Debate flared Thesday in Oregon, Seattle and Washington, D.C. over the future of endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest. While … Read on 

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Seattle Council Favors Dam Breaching

By Cookson Beecher Capital Press Staff Writer SEATTLE – Citing a legal and moral obligation” to help restore salmon, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution in favor of breaching the four Snake River dams. “We need to have … Read on 

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90 Years Later, Early Bear River Projects Still Work

By Staff Citizen Many projects built along the Bear River 90 years ago are still functioning – even as the demand for a continuous irrigation water supply continues. The modern-day history of the Bear River and its interconnection with Bear … Read on 

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Law Caps PSE’s Profits From Lake Tapps Water Plan

By Doug Sutherland and Jad Shabro The New’s Tribune The proposal by Puget Sound Energy to divert a portion of the Lake Tapps-White River Project water currently used for hydroelectric generation to a potable water supply is both creative and … Read on 

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New Small Hydropower Facility Below Dworshak Dedicated

Governor Dirk Kempthorne, along with state, federal and local officials, gathered last Friday to officially dedicate the new small hydropower facility below Dworshak Reservoir. Idaho Department of Water Resources owns the facility that harnesses the power of the water in … 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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Grant PUD Agrees To Spill More Water To Aid Endangered Salmon

Local power provider cuts deal with National Marine Fisheries Service By Devin Proctor The Herald Grant County PUD finalized an agreement this week with the goal of protecting young salmon and steelhead passing through Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams. Effective … Read on 

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PUC Approves Transfer Of Dams

By David McMechan Pioneer Over the objection of Jefferson County officials, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission recently approved a plan by the Warm Springs tribes and Portland General Electric jointly to own the Pelton-Round Butte. Representing the Jefferson County Board … Read on 

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FERC Meeting In Soda Draws Many With Interest In Bear Lake

News-Examiner A meeting held by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in Soda Springs Aug.17 allowed many people from Bear Lake County to voice their desire to have Bear Lake includednin the relicensing of dams along the Bear River. The … Read on 

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Power Struggle

Northwest aluminum industry fears it is being cast aside by electricity suppliers By Mike Rogoway Columbian Vancouver got a Christmas present from the federal government in 1939. On Dec. 24, Alcoa announced it would build a $3 million aluminum smelter … Read on 

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Power Council Hopes Draft Change Helps Wildlife, People

By Michael Lancaster Capital Press SALEM – The Northwest Power Planning Council wants the public in 53 subbasins to help it direct millions of dollars to projects to lessen the effects that the federal hydropower system has on fish and … Read on 

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The Northwest Is Crying For Power

BPA, usually a supplier, finds itself buying electricity By Eric Barker The Tribune Last week, the Bonneville Power Administration was making all of its surplus power available to California. This week the agency is in need of a little help … Read on 

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Prices Push Energy Into Campaign

As electricity and natural gas prices climb in the Northwest candidates may make them top issues By Dave Hogan The Oregonian As vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney makes his first Oregon campaign stop today, the region’s rising electricity and natural … Read on 

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A Seller’s Market In Kilowatts

BPA’s deep pockets may help us dodge a power emergency this summer, but more supply is needed soon. Editorial Oregonian The Bonneville Power Administration usually holds most of the trump cards when it comes to wheeling and dealing in the … Read on 

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Rules Underlie Energy Prices

Utility commission’s focus on deregulation misses the mark, Ore. farm leaders say By Ed Merriman Capital Press SALEM – Farm leaders point to rising energy costs and see a cause and effect link between multi-billion dollar salmon recovery programs and … Read on 

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Mac Sees Good Thing Washing Away

Years of participation in Columbia River dams likely coming to an end By Pat Forgey News-Register McMinnville has had a good thing going for a long time through its ownership of a sliver of two Columbia River hydropower projects – … Read on 

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Bureau Begins Weaning GCD From Diesel Generators

By Brian Gawley Grand Coulee Star The Bureau took the first step towards getting Grand Coulee Dam back on its own power last week following the July 28 fire. Early last week, the Left Powerhouse was taken off one of … Read on 

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Gorton: BCS Needs Freedom To Buy Power

Politics: Legislation would let government crack down on price manipulators By John Stark The Bellingham Herald Sen. Slade Gorton praised Gov. Gary Locke’s response to the energy price crunch facing Bellingham Cold Storage Tuesday, but he said the company still … Read on 

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Be Ready For A Lake Tapps Poll Call

Task force has hired Gallup Organization to determine what people want done about lake By Rob Tucker The News-Tribune The task force trying to save Lake Tapps has a message for people living around the lake: don’t hang up when … Read on 

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After 92 Years, Hydroelectric Project Nears Completion

By Jon Holland Cordova Times Ninety-two years after it was first conceived, the latest reincarnation of the Power Creek hydroelectric project is headed down the home stretch. Early last week, workers laid 20,000 feet of cable across Eyak Lake and … Read on 

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BPA System’s Revenue, Reliability Unaffected By Grand Coulee Dam Fire

By Brian Gawley Grand Coulee Star The July 28 fire at Grand Coulee Dam did not impact Bonneville Power Administration revenues because of low power demand and excess generating capacity, said BPA spokesman Ed Mosey. Power demand was low enough … 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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‘Range War’ Over Power Supply?

Puget Sound Energy wants more of BPA output, but Bonneville is standing pat By Al Gibbs News-Tribune Puget Sound Energy, a utility one critic calls that bottomless pit of wants and needs,” is poised to touch off what could become … Read on 

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Utilities Watch Skyrocketing Power Costs As They Budget

SEATTLE – Be warned, Washington residents. Your electricity bills are likely to increase. Public utility companies are working on their budgets for next year, trying to cope with skyrocketing power prices in a region where hydroelectric dams have kept rates … Read on 

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Looking Upstream

Effects of salmon plan on Idaho water might be long-term By N.S. Nokkentved Times-News TWIN FALLS – Recently unveiled salmon recovery efforts include continued water from Idaho – but whether that contribution would be permanent is no clear. Salmon recovery … Read on 

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Emergency Power Plan May Sacrifice Fish

Pushing water over dams to generate power for California could kill salmon By Michael Rose Statesman Journal The Bonneville Power Administration’s plan to help supply California with electricity during its power emergency which might send more Northwest fish through dam … Read on 

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California Averts Electricity Blackouts

State was on brink of asking BPA to boost power output to avoid emergency By Bert Caidwell Spokesman Review The Bonneville Power Administration was poised Tuesday afternoon to help California meet critical electricity demand, but transmission bottlenecks would have blocked … Read on 

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Idaho Falls Seeking New Contract With BPA

Move should help curb rate hikes in deregulated market By Kortny Rolston Post Register As power bills rise and power shortages plague many western towns, Idaho Falls officials are working to ensure the same doesn’t happen here. They’re negotiating a … Read on 

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Deal Concerns Fish Group

Opinion: Subcommittee of Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board not pleased with current deal By John Henderer The Chronicle Tacoma Power may have to look elsewhere for another signature to support its planned settlement agreement for its Cowlitz River hydroelectric dams. … Read on 

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Officials Agree To Salmon Strategy

Kempthome calls it recovery road map. By N.S. Nokkentved Times-News BOISE – Four Pacific Northwest governors, in a rare agreement Tuesday, signed a salmon recovery strategy they called historic – but skeptics called window-dressing. Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne called it … Read on 

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Congressional Report Warns Effects Of Dam Breaching Could Hurt Air Quality

General Accounting Office says Corps’ study underestimated effect of power, shipping changes By Les Blumenthal The News Tribune WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may have underestimated the negative impact on air quality if four Snake River dams … Read on 

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Governors Unite For Fish Plan

Northwest leaders ask Clinton to name leader for salmon recovery By Susan Gordon The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke, together with the governors of Oregon, Idaho and Montana, has called upon President Clinton to appoint a federal salmon czar to … Read on 

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Governors Set Course For Fish Recovery

They call on Clinton to designate one official in region to oversee efforts By Erik Robinson Columbian SALEM, Ore. – Calling it a historic document,” the governors of four Northwest states offered their own road map Tuesday for maneuvering through … Read on 

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Umpqua Hydroelectric Project Talks Resume

Relicensing: Negotiations were stopped after 18 months when PacifiCorp walked out By: Garret Jaros The News-Review Despite a rocky start, negotiations are once again under way to relicense the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project east of Roseburg. Talks reconvened July 6 … 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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Politics Of Fish

The dams of the Snake River have become a symbolic rallying point for all sides of tile salmon debate By Erik Robinson Columbian For more than a century, people in the Northwest have fought over salmon. Ballot initiatives have proposed … Read on 

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Several Factors Contribute To Run On Region’s Power Supply

Companies like Vanalco will not easily find affordable power in Northwest By Bill Stewart Vancouver Business Journal Blame it on California. That seems to be one of the must popular explanations for the skyrocketing prices for electricity in the Pacific … Read on 

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Feds’ Salmon Plan Omits Dam Breaching – For Now

Agencies will rely on other action to save fish By Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman Federal officials said they will delay until 2008 the longawaited decision on whether to breach four Snake River dams to save Idaho’s salmon. In the … 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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Power Crunch Forces NW To Regroup

High costs may force some businesses to close By: Bert Caidwell Spokesman Review Marginal aluminum smelfers, wood-products mills and other industrial plants may fall by the wayside as the Northwest adjusts to changing electricity markets, the head of the Bonneville … Read on 

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Gorton Wants To Know If Power Market Manipulated

Senator asks for probe into California suppliers’ actions By: Les Blumenthal The News Tribune WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton has asked for a federal investigation into whether California power suppliers last month manipulated the energy market to dramatically drive … Read on 

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Kayakers Successfully Run Chelan River

By Richard Uhlhorn Chelan Valley Mirror Standing on the rocks at Entrance Exam with whitewater rushing by at 390 cubic feet per second, it is hard to hear other people talk without shouting. After a successful first ascent of the … Read on 

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Comparison Shopping For Power

Industries consider plugging back in to Tacoma Power By Al Gibbs The News Tribune In 199.6, Pierce County’s biggest industrial electric consumers divorced Tacoma Power to buy energy from other, somewhat cheaper suppliers. They’ll be looking for a reconciliation this … Read on 

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Plan For Cowlitz Dams Is Approved

Tacoma Utility Board OKs package that commits $60 million to salmon By Al Gibbs The News Tribune Tacoma Power apparently will be allowed to continue operating its giant hydroelectric dams on the Cowlitz River in ways that might not immediately … Read on 

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Removing Dams Could Cause More Problems On River

By Ray Hughes Columbian In the 20th century, dams became a big part of the Northwest. We use them for power, navigation and irrigation. Ever since we put dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers, salmon runs have decreased. With … Read on 

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Region Needs More Power

By Bert Caldwell Spokesman Review Rumblings of distant power shortages in the Northwest last week broke like a sudden summer electrical storm. The immediate damage was confined to a few industrial plants, but officials predict the impacts will spread unless … Read on 

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BPA Puts Squeeze On Utilities

By Chris Mulick HeraId staff writer Some electric utilities believe the Bonneville Power Administration is trying to squeeze them out of the agency’s most popular contract offer. Wholesale power contracts are scheduled to expire next year, and utilities are negotiating … Read on 

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PSE Asks To Sell Water From White River

By Bruce Rommel Journal LAKE TAPPS – Puget Sound Energy is considering a plan to sell water from the White River to offset operating losses at its White River hydroelectric plant and preserve Lake Tapps. PSE wants to draw as … Read on 

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Tri-City Utilities Negotiate ‘Slice’ Contracts

By Chris Mulick Herald staff writer Despite spiking market energy prices, the new wholesale power contract proposals Tri-City electric utilities are favoring would have supplied enough juice last week had they been in place. But analysts say the Bonneville Power … Read on 

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Gorton Backs Deregulation Of State Energy

POWER: Murray seeks to protect interests of smaller communities. By John Stark The Bellingham Herald Federal legislation may eventually prod all of the states into unleashing market forces in the electric energy business, U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., said Wednesday … Read on 

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Brownout Time

This could be the year that energy supplies fall seriously short of demand cycles Several hundred Vanalco workers in Clark County have been pink-slipped. Alcoa just shut down the Reynolds mill in Troutdale it bought a few months ago. Kaiser … Read on 

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Electric Shortages Raise Rates

Aubrey Cohen Bellingham Herald Four years ago, it seemed like a good idea. In 1996, Puget Sound Energy agreed to sell electricity to Georgia-Pacific WestnInc. and Bellingham Cold Storage at a variable rate pegged to the Dow Jones Mid-nColumbia Electricity … Read on 

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Water Released For Salmon Brings Benefits, Concerns

N.S. Nokkentved Times-News TWIN FALLS-Some have called for the water to be released sooner to help relieve water quality problems in the middle Snake River. U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, would just as soon leave the water in the American … Read on 

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Warning Issued On Blackout Possibility

Other officials downplay energy secretary’s words By: Erik Robinson Columbian While American gnash their teeth over high gasoline prices, energy Secretary Bill Richardson on Wednesday raised the potential for electrical blackouts due in part to summer heat. Though Richardson told … Read on 

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G-P Closes Temporarily

ENERGY: Spot prices for electricity have surged By: John Stark Bellingham Herald The shutdown at Georgia Pacific West Corp’s Bellingham mill is a symptom of anregion-wide industrial power crunch, caused by a sudden surge in the spot market for electricity … 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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N. Umpqua Hydroelectric Talks Fail To Find A Spark

Negotiations stall: Dates set for mediation talks on relicensing system of dams pass without progress By: Garret Jaros News-Review Settlement talks to relicense the 53-year-old North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project have stalled, leaving conservationists involved in the talks frustrated. PacifiCorp and … Read on 

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To Breach Or Not To Breach?

That is not the question By: Mark O. Hatfield The Oregonian I am neither an advocate nor an opponent of breaching the four federal dams on the Snake River. It is tedinically feasible. Tbe Northwest’s electric power system can be … 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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Electrical Consumers Jolted By Price Surge

Volatility in power market could be long-term threat By: BIll Virgin Seattle Post Intelligencern The price of electricity in the Pacific Northwest has been downright shocking this spring, both to the utilities who sell it and the customers who buy … Read on 

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Power Decision Likely Thursday

Hydro power options before City Council By: Darren Friedel Daily News Days from a vote that could decide the city’s future power source, the Ketchikan City Council on Tuesday listened to presentations from Southeast Intertie and Mahoney Lake hydroelectric proponents. … 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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Yakimas OK’d To Ink BPA Contracts

Tribe has until 2005 to form utility, or feds can cancel contracts By: Mike Barenti Yakima Herald Republic Yakama Nation officials took another step forward Wednesday, in their efforts to start an electric utility. The tribe’s 14-member Tribal Council gave … Read on 

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Anglers Fuming Over Tacoma Dam Deal

Fish Runs: Current agreement significantly different from assurances By: John Henderer The Chronicle Irate local anglers claim a deal touted by Tacoma Power to restore Cowlitz River fish runs actually will doom them to further ruin. Fishing groups say Tacoma … Read on 

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Agreement On Dams Expected

By: Dave MoMechan Pioneer An agreement to maintain local tax revenue generated by the Pelton-Round Butte hydroelectric facilities could be in place within the next couple of months. Representatives of the three entities involved in the negotiations Jefferson County, the … 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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Lewis River Proposal Fishes For Salmon Solution

Dam relicensing plans expected to benefit fish By Kathie Durbin Columbian When the floodgates of Pacific Power and Light Co.’s new Merwin Dam closed in 1931, wild salmon and steelhead lost 80 percent of their habitat on the North Fork … Read on 

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New Orofino Plant Set To Produce Power

Staff Spokesman-Review A $5 million hydropower project near Orofino is on Schedule to start producing power in late June or early July. That would allow the project to start selling power to the Bonneville Power Administration by Aug. 4, said … 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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Congress May Be The Only Option For Availability Of Power To Aluminum Plants

By Kathy Gray Sentinel Elected officials can help maintain the Northwest aluminum industry’s access to affordable power by keeping the political heat on Congress, says Brett Wilcox. Wilcox is the chief executive of Golden Northwest Aluminum, the holding company for … 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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PGE Stalls Bull Run Scuttling Due to Dam

By Doug Irving The Oregonian Portland General Electric’s plans to scuttle its Bull Run bydroelectric plant have snagged on Marmot Dam, officials announced Wednesday. The dam channels much of the Sandy River into Roslyn Lake and through the plant. For … Read on 

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Lake Tapps Preservation Task Force Schedules Update Meeting Thursday

By Rob Tucker The News Tribune With 13 months of work and negotiations under its belt, the task force formed to save Lake Tapps will report to the public this week. Pierce County Councilwoman Jan Shabro, who lives on Tapps … Read on 

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Council Guest: Predators, Not Dairies, Not Dams, Hurt Salmon

By: Aubrey Cohen Bellingham Herald Portland researcher Don Dodds came to Bellingham Thursday evening with his message that predators and ocean conditions, not dams and dairies are primarily responsible for salmon decline over the past century. There is no strong, … Read on 

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Bonneville Dam’s Power Generators All On

Staff Skamania Co. Pioneer For the first time since 1994, all 20 hydropower-generating units at Bonneville Lock and Dam are up and running. Ten of the units are located in the lock and dam project’s first powerhouse on the Oregon … Read on 

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Tacoma Power Proposes Dam Deal

By Al Gibbs The News Tribune Tacoma Power officials have agreed to a proposal that aims to restore salmon and steelhead runs on the Cowlitz River while allowing the utility to operate its two hydroelectric dams there for another 40 … Read on 

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Avista Debates Rate-Cut Proposal

By Bert Caldwell Spokesman-Review Avista Corp. Rates Manager Tom Dukich said Tuesday that consultants low-balled their own numbers to come up with recommendations that Washington roll back the utility’s electricity and natural gas rates. The Spokane utility had sought a … Read on 

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Hermiston Qualifies For Low-cost Power Contract With BPA

By: Terri Meeuwsen East Oregonian Hermiston – The Bonneville Power Administration gave the city a thumbs up to buy power at BPA’ s lowest cost, assuming condemnation proceedings against Pacificorp end in the city’s favor. We believe it is clear … Read on 

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Murkowski Urges Passage Of The Small Hydro Exemption Bill

Alaska Senator Frank Murkowski testified March 30 before a key subcommittee in the House of Representatives in support of his bill that would speed construction of renewable energy projects in Alaska by allowing the state to regulate a smallscale hydroelectric … Read on 

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EWEB To Help Purchase Acreage

McKenzie: The $1 million fund will help ensure clean water and resore wildlife habitat. By: Jaime Lyn Rea Register Guard The Eugene Water & Electric Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to give $1 million to the McKenzie River Trust for the … Read on 

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Tacoma Power Reports Progress

By John Henderer The Chronicle Tacoma Power reports talks are making progress toward a settlement agreement to guide operations of its Cowlitz River dams. Tacoma officials plan to submit a document to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Friday in … Read on 

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PacifiCorp Floats Proposal To Retain Dam

By Garret Jaros News-Review PacifiCorp officials have developed a new restoration package to improve wildlife habitat since leaving the settlement talks to relicense the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project in November. They said they’re offering a viable alternative to removing Soda … Read on 

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Soda Spring Dam Talks Back On Table

Relicensing: Discussions on North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project broke down between sids in November By: Garret Jaros The News-Review Talks may soon resume in the relicensing of the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project. The talks broke down in November after Pacificorp representatives … Read on 

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Who Will Turn The Lights Back On?

You thought electricity deregulation would be good news? Think again. By: Lisa Cohn Oregon Business It might happen like this, sometime next January: Arctic air will blow into the Northwest, sending residents and businesses to their thermostats. Regional utilities, caught … Read on 

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An Innovative Rural Power Plan Announced

Staff Island News Un April 11th, an innovative plan for long-term funding of the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program was introduced to the legislature by Governor Tony Knowles. Using the sale of the Four Dam Pool hydroelectric facilities as its … Read on 

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EPA Leans Toward Breaching Dams

By Les Blumenthal The News Tribune The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday became the first federal agency to officially suggest that breaching four dams may be the best way to improve water quality and restore endangered salmon on the Snake … Read on 

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Feds Consider Restricting Dams To Help Salmon

By Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman Federal officials may place restrictions on Idaho irrigation dams like Lucky Peak in the salmon protection plan slated for release in May, If they do, farming, housing development and other activities that affect water … Read on 

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NMFS Will Push For Saving Dams As Well As Salmon

By Union-Bulletin and AP Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Federal fisheries officials are expected to say that if salmon recovery progress in the Columbia River Basin can be shown over the next 10 years, the Snake River dams may survive as well. … 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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Rural Power Funds Shrink In Senate

By Svend Holst Juneau Empire Power Cost Equalization couldn’t make it all the way over a Republican wall in the Senate on Wednesday. Today, probably, it’ ll scale the wall after losing some fiscal weight. Two bills that would set … Read on 

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Dams Spill More Water For Fish

By Staff Skamania Co. Pioneer The volume of water spilled at four federal dams – Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day and Lower Monumental – will change to increase fish survival, according to the Bonneville Power Administration. The decision was the … 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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Proposed Hydro Projects Effect On SSRAA Hatchery Unclear

By Darren Friedel Daily News The City of Ketchikan and the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association are attempting a project that hasn’t exactly worked in other Pacific Northwest communities – having a hatchery and a hydro facility share a water … Read on 

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Tacoma Power Turns A Bit Greener

Kim Echart The News Tribune Its nickname sounds like a political movement: Green power. What it stands for–electricity generated by renewable resources–is available in relatively few markets nationwide. It costs more than the traditional stuff. It has been embraced in … Read on 

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Administration May Be Putting Off Dam-breaching Ruling

By Robert McClure Seattle Post-Intelligencer The Clinton administration appears to be ducking the most contentious issue in the salmon-rescue debate–dam breaching–until after the November election. A decision on whether to restore Southeast Washington’s Snake River by disabling four dams will … Read on 

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PGE Gives $800,000 For Land Buy

Staff Pioneer Portland General Electric last week announced an $800,000 donation that will protect a meadow in the upper Deschutes basin that is considered critical to restoring steelhead runs above the Pelton-Round Butte dams. PGE has pledged money to the … 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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Bureau Of Land Management Discusses Recreation Issues On Snake River

By Chris Moore Argus Observer A Baker City Bureau of Land Management employee, described recent efforts by the federal agency to plan for management of recreational facilities along the Snake River at Hells Canyon during Monday’s Ontario Chamber of Commerce … Read on 

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Salmon Stranding Program Begins Second Year

By Joe Dennis Grant Co. Journal Grant County PUD has entered the second year of a program designed to improve the survival rate of recently hatched salmon in the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River below Priest Rapids dam. … Read on 

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Depth A Predictor Of Water Supply

By: Susan Gordon The News Tribune A team of government workers borrowed a National Park Service two way radio, entered Mount Rainier National Park through a normally locked gate, snapped on skis and snowshoes and followed an alpine ski expert … Read on 

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Power Study Says Region Needs To Boost Capacity

By Andy Giegerich Columbia Basin Although a new report says the Northwest may suffer power-supply problems in the next few years, observers say area businesses should be a little cautious, as opposed to alarmist. Most dramatically Northwest Power Planning Council’s … 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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Next Bonneville Hit

By D. Michael Heywood Columbian Members of the Pacific Northwest’s congressional delegation have taken to their well-practiced defensive positions against the latest in a series of skirmishes against the Bonneville Power Administration. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., put it as baldly … Read on 

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Federal Action Drying Up Homes, Farms In Methow

Staff The Grange News Water rights and dam removal are two hot issues that are building to a head as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) ends its public comment period this month and gears up to move ahead with … 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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Air Quality Should Be A Part Of Dam Debate

By Wilfred R. Woods The Wenatchee World nnThe issue of removal of Snake River dams continues to be one that will not go away. It appears we’ll be living with this one for a long time, given the realities of … 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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Groups Oppose Condit Dam Destruction

By Erik Robinson Columbian Two groups representing homeowners and anglers from White Salmon on Wednesday filed a motion with a federal agency to stop the removal of Condit Dam, which has blocked the White Salmon River for 87 years. The … 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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Recreation/Socioeconomic Working Groups Develop Large List of PMEs

By Richard Uhlhorn Chelan Valley Mirror Everything eventually comes down to the bottom line… money. In the case of the ongoing Lake Chelan Hydroelectric Project Relicensing efforts, the bottom line is also money. To date, the Chelan County Public Utility … Read on 

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A Good Economic Case For Removing The Dams

By Sara Patton and Karen Garrison Seattle Post-Intelligencer In his March 4 Soapbox column (Lower Snake dams benefit environment”), Brett Blankenship of the Washington Wheat Growers Association delivers a valid but very one-sided assessment of the environmental pluses offered by … Read on 

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River Advocates Protest Cushman Dam

By Susan Gordon The News Tribune It’s tough to get a message across at 50 mph, but that didn’t stop a tall, red-bearded man from trying Tuesday morning as he stood in front of a Tacoma Power plant carrying a … Read on 

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Let’s Not Discuss Salmon In The Dark

The region’s raging controversy concerning dams misses a powerful issue that gets you right where you live. By John Webster Spokesman-Review If hot air could generate electricity, the Pacific Northwest’s power shortage would be solved. Power shortage? What power shortage? … Read on 

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If You’re An Environmentalist, You Want Those Dams

By Brett Blankenship Spokesman-Review Lost in the debate about the future of the Snake River dams is this fact: keeping the dams is the environmental choice. Environmentalists” are supposed to be people who wish to protect the environment–clean air, clean … 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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NW Power Supply: There’s A Problem

By Hasso Herring Democrat-Herald The more you read about the power supply outlook in the Pacific Northwest, the less it makes sense even to consider giving up the four hydropower dams on the lower Snake River in order to improve … Read on 

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Linford Introduces Power Merger Bill

By Gene Fadness Post Register BOISE – Rep. Golden Linford, R-Rexburg, convinced the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday to introduce a bill that could make it more difficult for power companies to buy or merge with other power companies. … 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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Senate Oks Bill That Will Help Save Lake Tapps

By Journal Staff South County Journal Three times turned out to be a charm for state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, and her efforts to save Lake Tapps. Roach attached a rider to Senate-House Bill 3099, eliminating the state’s 10-year limitation … Read on 

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4 State Dams On List Of ‘Wasteful’ Projects

By Fredric J. Frommer Army Corps of Engineers projects to continue operation of four Snake River dams and deepen the Columbia River are among the “25 most-wasteful water projects” in the nation, according to an environmental group and a taxpayers’ … Read on 

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Forest Service Softens Its Position Against A PacifiCorp Hydro Dam

By Rob Eure The Wall Street Journal/Northwest The U.S. Forest Service has backed off its demand that the biggest utility in the Northwest tear down a hydro dam on the North Umpqua River in Oregon, infuriating recreational fishing and environmental … 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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BPA Warns Of Peak-time Power Shortages

By Barbara Guardino Daily Journal of Commerce How easy it is, to take it for granted – flip the switch and the lights go on. Could it be possible that, in a region like the Pacific Northwest – known for … Read on 

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Both Sides Speak Out In Salmon, Dams Debate

By Susan Gordon The New Tribune Some people believe tearing down dams is the right way to save salmon. Others aren’t willing to sacrifice the jobs that would disappear with the dams. Both messages were delivered loud and clear Tuesday … Read on 

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PUD Manager Keeps The Faith

By Kurt Ecke The Chronicle Dave Muller, manager of the Lewis County Public Utility District, says it’s his job to maintain a public trust that stretches back more than half a century. The PUD was created in the 1930s, when … 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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PUD Mulls Over Power Options

By Jim Haley Millcreek Enterprise Decision makers are starting down the home stretch of a long process to decide where your future electricity will originate and how much more itπs likely to cost. A process that started with public forums … Read on 

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Dam Breaching Proponents Marshal Support

Activists demand action as best way to save NW salmon By Mike Stark Daily Astorian Breaching the four Snake River dams is one of the most important ways to head of extinction for several stocks of salmon in the Pacific … Read on 

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‘Green-Power’ Energy Trade Colors This Tale Of Two Cities’

By S. David freeman and Gary Zarker Seattle-Post Intellegencer Seattle and Los Angeles have put together an energy trade that makes excellent business and environmental sense and may be the first of many trades of green power between the publicly … Read on 

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Suit Demands More Water For Snake River

Proponents claim salmon survival is at stake Wire Service Daily Astorian Adding another dimension to the fight over removing dams, environmentalists and commercial fishermen filed a lawsuit demanding federal agencies increase flows in the Columbia and Snake rivers to benefit … Read on 

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Groups Sue To Boost Idaho River Flows

Boise salmon hearing today will draw thousands By Rocky Barker The Idaho Statesman On the eve of hearings on salmon recovery in southern Idaho, commercial fishermen and downstream environmental groups sued the federal government Tuesday to force increased flows of … Read on 

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Dam Breaching Debate Is Heating Up

Politicians, farm groups, weigh in on salmon plans Wire and Staff Reports Grant County Journal For once, the dominant sentiment was to save the dams rather than save the salmon. The fourth of 15 federal hearings scheduled on the subject … Read on 

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Bradley ‘Might’ Remove Dams

Candidate tells Seattle crowd he’d consider breaching 4 Snake dams By Beth Silver The News Tribune There was but one overriding question this crowd was waiting to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley answer: Would he support breaching the four … Read on 

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Governor Supports Breaching Four Dams

Snake River: Kitzhaber is the first major Northwest leader to take such a stand in the name of salmon recovery By Lance Robertson Register-Guard Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday endorsed breaching four dams on the lower Snake River as … Read on 

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PUD Will Explore Testing Of New Turbine Blade For Dams

By Joe Dennis Grant County Journal In authorizing construction and testing of a full-size, stainless-steel turbine blade prototype, Grant County PUD commissioners hope to avoid problems the district has experienced with other turbine blades at Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams. … Read on 

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Fishing For Answers On The Cowlitz

Tacoma Power negotiates with a host of interest groups to find ways to generate both electricity and fish runs without losing money By Al Gibbs The News Tribune Dave Becker slid his jet boat into a back eddy, holding it … 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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Breaching Backers Plead For Politeness

Group worried public meeting could deteriorate into shouting match By Eric Barker Lewiston Tribune Breaching advocates want civility to reign at next Thursday’s public meeting at Lewiston concerning federal plans to recover salmon. They hope people with diverse viewpoints will … Read on 

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Dam Impacts Detailed

By Devin Proctor Columbia Basin Herald World Commission on Dams studies impact of Grand Coulee Dam as it affects irrigation, salmon, recreation and Native Americans The Grand Coulee Dam benefits the Columbia Basin region, but a recent study questions if … 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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Power Planners To Change Funding

Science, local control basis for new plan By Jeff Selle, staff writer Coeur d’Alene Press Northwest power planners are changing the way they do business this year by seeking more science and local direction in their fish and wildlife enhancement … Read on 

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City, Co-op Cancel Agreements

City hopes to move will speed up condemnation By Theresa Woelk The Herald In a move city officials hope will help the city get access to the lowest power rates available, the Hermiston City Council approved a resolution at a … Read on 

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Status Quo Not An Option

Locke rejects regional salmon-power group Staff Register-Guard Washington Gov. Gary Locke says his state won’t participate in a proposed regional agency that would control Columbia River power production and salmon restoration programs. Locke’s position makes the proposed agency look better … Read on 

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BPA Customers Subsidize Irrigators

Millions in aid was federal plan to help region’s small farmers By Dan Hansen Spokesman Review Northwest residents pay millions to subsidize Columbia Basin irrigators, a newly released study of Grand Coulee Dam concludes. The federal policy to keep irrigation … 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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Bonneville Fish Test Okayed By PUD

By Joe Dennis Grant Co. Journal Grant County PUD commissioners have agreed to a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and awarded a $272,000 contract for fish survival testing at Bonneville Dam to help the district improve … Read on 

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Locke Bolts On Regional Fish, Dam Authority

The defection threatens Gov. John Kitzhaber’s bold plan for managing Northwest power and salmon By Jonathon Brinkman The Oregonian Washington Gov. Gary Locke has broken ranks with Northwest governors and decided not to participate in a much-heralded proposal by Gov. … Read on 

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Governor Steps Up To Save Salmon

Environment: Kitzhaber urges Oregonians to use individual means to cut water pollution and save wild salmon. By David Steves Register-Guard Most of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s efforts to rescue threatened and endangered salmon runs have involved marshaling state money, leading task … 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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