Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: May 2000

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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