Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: February 2000

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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