Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: June 2000

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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