Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: October 2000

DJ Congress Directs US FERC To Study Hydropower Licensing

Nan Nalder, Acres International Dow Jones Newswires WASHINGTON – Congress directed the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of its hydropower licensing procedures as part of legislation adopted Tuesday reauthorizing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The brief … Read on 

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It’s Unanimous! Power Council Approves New F&W Program

NWPPC members put the icing on the cake of their new fish and wildlife program last week, and then cut a real cake to celebrate the end of a long line-by-line march through the new program that began two weeks … Read on 

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Southeast Towns Close To Winning OK For Power Intertie

By Kristan Hutchison The Juneau Empire An electrical power grid for Southeast Alaska is on the verge of congressional approval. Due to deal-making by U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and U.S. Rep. Don Young, the measure made it through both chambers … Read on 

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Wired ‘Salmon’ Records How Fish Handle Rough Ride Through Dams

Scientists will use data to help lower mortality rate on the migratory journey By Amy E. Nevala Seattle Post-Intelligencer This month 601 salmon will take a survival test, plunging 40 feet down a spillway at Washington’s Rock Island Dam. Most … Read on 

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Bonneville: California Lawmakers Want Priority For Electricity; State Needs To Fix Its Deregulation Mess, BPA Says

By Les Blumenthal The News Tribune WASHINGTON – With electricity rates rising all along the West Coast, California’s senators have taken aim at the Bonneville Power Administration’s cheap power and asked Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to bar the federal marketing … Read on 

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Western Utilities Band Together To Form Transmission Concern

American City Business Journals, Inc. Six western utilities have taken an additional step toward formation of an independent transmission company, TransConnect, which would serve six states.nnTransConnect would be a member of the planned regional transmission organization, ETC West. TransConnect, a … Read on 

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Energizing The Next Century

I.F Power celebrates 100 years, prepares for the next 100 By Kortny Rolston Post Register Page through the annals of Idaho Fails history and it’s impossible not to come across a mention of its hydroelectric system. It’s played a major … Read on 

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Tribes Question Water Plan

Lake Tapps: Leaders of 2 tribes criticize governor’s support of water withdrawal they say could hurt salmon By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke said Monday that he had to exercise some restraint last week when he publicly … Read on 

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Conservationists Leave Dam Talks

Relicensing: Groups want negotiations to become public, but mediated talks continue By Garret Jaros The News-Review Conservation groups will not continue with negotiations to relicense the North Umpqua Hydroelectric project, but settlement talks will go forward. Federal and state agencies … Read on 

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Seattle City Council Blew It On Snake River Dams

Francois X. Forgette Post-Intelligencer I was disappointed to learn that the Seattle City Council recently passed a resolution favoring the breaching of the four dams on the lower Snake River here in Eastern Washington. I am well familiar with Seattle, … Read on 

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Electric Costs Likely To Stay Up

Experts testify that there is too little power to meet the demand By Mike Madden Statesman Journal WASHINGTON – High electricity prices that outraged residents and businesses across the Pacific Northwest this summer are not likely to come down any … Read on 

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In Lieu Of Breaching, Council Looks At Salmon Recovery Options

By Bill Stewart Vancouver Business Journal It seems we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t when it comes to one of the most volatile issues facing Northwest residents. That Catch-22 situation centers around a proposal to breach … Read on 

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Irrigators Win Court Battle With Utility

East Idaho group seeks to get power at lower cost – if any is available By Bob Fick The Associated Press Eastern Idaho irrigators, aggravated by the retail price they must pay for electricity, have won a major victory in … Read on 

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Locke Backs Drinking Water Option

Lake Tapps: Governor’s plan would avoid taxing property owners millions By Rob Tucker The News Tribune Gov. Gary Locke announced Monday night that his office will push a single solution to save Lake Tapps without assessing property owners millions of … Read on 

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Salmon Are The Truly Priceless Asset

By Tracy Warner Wenatchee World How much is gravel worth? A lot, If salmon can lay their eggs it in it. A consortium of fisheries agencies believes the ratepayers of the Chelan County PUD should pay about $100 million over … Read on 

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