Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: August 2000

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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