Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: July 2000

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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