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Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older
Yearly Archives: 2009
Fish collection system goes online By Holly M. Gill Pioneer At the Pelton-Round Butte Dam, fish seem downright eager to pass through the new fish transfer system. One yearling spring Chinook salmon was so anxious to head for the ocean … Read on
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board will award $1 million if environmental studies show best outcome for dam is to remove it By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune GOLD HILL — Jackson County is on the cusp of securing the final cash to … Read on
By Matthew Brown, AP Daily News As efforts falter to save North America’s largest freshwater fish — a toothless beast left over from the days of dinosaurs — officials hope to stave off extinction by sending more water hurtling down … Read on
Federal commission issues license to retrofit dam for electricity generation By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune Water flowing out of Applegate Dam could begin generating electricity in as early as four years under a new federal hydropower license issued Thursday to … Read on
By Adam Lapierre Hood River News Since its completion in 1923, the Powerdale Hydroelectric Project has been a major obstacle for aquatic wildlife in the Hood River. The 200-foot-long concrete diversion dam is located just a few miles upstream from … Read on
Nez Perce Tribe delivers eggs to Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery as part of restoration program By Staff Sandy Post The Nez Perce Tribe delivered approximately 700,000 bright orange-eyed Clearwater coho salmon eggs collected and spawned at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery … Read on
Army Corps plays with Willamette water flows By Camilla Mortensen Eugene Weekly Green Douglas firs where the waters cut through. Down her wild mountains and canyons she flew. Canadian Northwest to the ocean so blue, Roll on, Columbia, roll on. … Read on
Columbia River: The federal government added “insurance” for fish, but it needs work By Matthew Preusch The Oregonian Many hoped that more than 10 years of lawsuits over protecting Northwest salmon and operating Columbia Basin dams would come to a … Read on
By Staff Stanwood Camano News Snohomish County Public Utility District has reached agreements with several key parties as part of the relicensing of the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project, located north of Sultan.
By Zach Hagadone Idaho Business Review Idaho Falls-based engineer Ted Sorenson has designed or built hydroelectric projects around Idaho. Now he’s extending his expertise into Montana, where his companies, Sorenson Engineering Inc. and Turnbull Hydro, are building a $12 million … Read on
The PUD is renewing a hydropower permit and hopes to improve the Sultan River’s environment and recreation. By Bill Sheets Herald Writer EVERETT — A few years from now, there could be more salmon spawning in the Sultan River, and … Read on
Energy: Increased capacity expected By Staff News Tribune Centralia – The Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Facility in Gifford Pinchot National Forest will receive up to $800,000 in federal stimulus money to make upgrades and become more efficient, according to a release … Read on
By Joyce Edlefsen Standard Journal ASHTON — As the Henry’s Fork continues to drop over the Chester Dam, construction crews are working on both shores of the river on a project that could improve the fishery and produce 3.3 megawatts … Read on
By Staff The Star After six years without an electrical rate increase, Grant Public Utility District’s preliminary 2010 budget includes a pair of five-percent rate increases, one in 2010 and one in 2011, the utility said Tuesday.
PacifiCorp: Removal, not relicensing, in best interest of customers By Ty Beaver Herald – News The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement calls for removal of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams, with PacifiCorp customers paying for the removal over the next decade.
EPUD hopes hydroelectric project can begin soon By Jon Stinnett Cottage Grove Sentinel Economic woes have delayed a project that should eventually find hydroelectric turbines pumping at Dorena Dam.
By Christine Pratt Wenatchee World WENATCHEE — Mommas, let your babies grow up to be hydropower engineers. A study released last week predicts that national trends toward cleaner energy could create as many as 700,000 jobs in the hydropower industry … Read on
By Susan Palmer Register Guard Amid the nation’s headlong rush for clean energy, two projects in Lane County show just how hard it can be to develop new sources of eco-friendly hydroelectric power.
Irrigation district facility would be built at A Canal By Ty Beaver Herald – News Klamath Irrigation District is considering spending $1.5 million to rebuild a hydroelectric facility on one of its canals to generate revenue for the district.
By Kate Ramsayer Bulletin The North Canal Dam, on Bend’s north side, is the latest Central Oregon dam to attract interest from a company wanting to build a small hydropower facility.
Fish: The issue of chutes and ladders can’t be ignored By Susan Palmer Register Guard Dams are among the worst enemies of imperiled fish, such as some salmon and trout species. Yet some dam owners and operators have to spend … Read on
By Staff Peninsula Daily News KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — What is being touted as the world’s biggest dam-removal project — larger and more complex than the Elwha River dam removals near Port Angeles — an agreement has been reached to … Read on
Stakeholders optimistic in spite of obstacles By Ty Beaver Herald – News Is this a blueprint for removing dams? That’s what James Honey said people are asking him about the recently released Klamath River dam removal agreement.
By Katy Nesbitt Bulletin The Central Oregon Irrigation District hopes to finalize a deal today that will allow it to build a hydroelectric generator on a canal near Juniper Ridge.
By Joyce Edlefsen Standard Journal PacifiCorp officials have agreed to participate in a Henry’s Fork Foundation meeting on the operation and repair and maintenance of the Ashton Dam. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm Tuesday at … Read on
Cabinet Gorge, Long Lake projects total $316 million, could serve 108,000 homes By Richard Ripley Journal of Business Avista Utilities has listed in a new long-term plan three potential major hydroelectric upgrades at its Long Lake and Cabinet Gorge dams … Read on
The US is open to breaching – even removing – dams to protect the fish By Matthew Preusch Oregonian The U.S. government wants to do more to save Northwest salmon, and faster. And if that doesn’t do enough for the … Read on
Obama officials tweak the Bush plan to manager salmon. Will it finally get the court’s approval? By Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman Salmon levels would have to drop to mid-1990s levels – when some runs came close to winking out – … Read on
By Journal Staff Daily Journal of Commerce Yesterday, the US Department of Energy said 22 advanced water power projects throughout the nation would receive up to $14.6 million in funding. Two of the projects are in Washington state.
By Staff News-Examiner In a day-long seminar focused on Bear River, those attending were told over and over again the benefits of cooperation and communication.
High dam would cost over $1 billion By Gary DeVon Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune OROVILLE – More than 120 people packed the Old Oroville Depot to express their concerns over a feasibility study of water storage at Shanker’s bend on the … Read on
Dozens tell utility they do not want dam By Gary DeVon Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune OROVILLE – Over 120 people attended a meeting last week on a feasibility study on water storage at Shanker’s Bend, many voiced their concerns that a … Read on
By Susan Palmer Register Guard Natural gas customers will get a double-digit break on their utility bills this fall, while many electricity customers can expect increases. In both cases, blame goes partly to the weather and partly to the recession.
By CR Roberts News Tribune It was President Calvin Coolidge who pressed the button that started the juice flowing from Tacoma Power’s Cushman Dam hydroelectric project in 1926. That was Dam No. 1.
By KC Mehaffey Wenatchee World The Okanogan County PUD will review a study on three options to build a dam at Shankers Bend on the Similkameen River for water storage and electric generation, on Monday at 7 pm at Oroville … Read on
Silver Creek Dam reservoir to close for about 3 weeks By Danielle Peterson Appeal-Tribune Repairs that will target weather-related damage are scheduled this month at Silver Creek Dam. City officials said the estimated $30,000 project also will improve the flow … Read on
Wind farms now have the capacity of two Bonneville dams. Many more are coming, and the region must face the challenges of this rapid growth By Staff Oregonian For the past decade, Northwest policymakers have treated wind energy like a … Read on
A council expects to meet 85 percent of new demand through efficiency By Ted Sickinger Oregonian The Northwest can meet 85 percent of its new electricity needs over the next 20 years solely through conservation, and can do so at … Read on
Expanding hydropower an idea fraught with controversy By LA Times/Washington Post Herald & News But the dam in recent years hasn’t produced as much power as it might: Its massive turbines act as deadly blender blades to young salmon, and … Read on
By Bill Sanderson Stayton Mail The algae and sediment bloom last week was caused by a malfunction at the Detroit Dam complex. Because the headgates did not work properly, they had to be shut down and water released from different … Read on
By Staff Daily Record The Yakama Nation has revived a hydroelectric generator and is producing some of its own power.
By Phil Ferolito Yakima Herald-Republic YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakama Nation is officially in the power generating business with the recent revival of a hydroelectric generator in the Wapato Irrigation Project. The electricity it generates will eventually be used to … Read on
Data will be used to help steelhead, Chinook By Beth Casper Statesman Journal A rainbow trout’s six-second trip over the 463-foot high Detroit Dam is helping scientists learn how salmon will fare on their journey to sea. For two weeks … Read on
Skokomish tribal members perform three ceremonies, restoring ancestral names to three sites returned to them as part of a larger settlement with Tacoma Power By Lynda Mapes Seattle Times CAMP CUSHMAN, Mason County — This lakeside vacation spot has long … Read on
Summer construction of a new McKenzie River landing is stalled by a federally ordered environmental review By Susan Palmer Register Guard A new McKenzie River boat ramp planned for construction this summer will have to wait for an environmental review … Read on
By Staff Clatskanie Chief Construction on the 18 megawatt hydroelectric project at the Arrowrock dam on the Boise River in Idaho is progressing as schedule as site work continues, the Clatskanie People’s Utility District (CPUD) announced this week.
A new rate order draws attention to the challenge of managing intermittent power By Ted Sickinger Oregonian Utility wonks have been quipping for years that the future of energy in the Northwest is windy and gassy. When it comes to … Read on
Power company tries to grapple with wind supply By Eric Florip East Oregonian Consider the state’s energy supply a giant juggling act. When demand spikes, the Bonneville Power Administration must send energy over its power grid to where it’s needed, … Read on
Navy displays new turbine system plan By Jeff Chew Peninsula Daily News CHIMACUM — The U.S. Navy is taking steps to design and install a hydropower system offshore of Marrowstone Island and wants to float the proposal in front of … Read on
Federal officials meet about water agreement By TY BEAVER Herald & News Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill Tuesday allowing PacifiCorp to charge its customers to help pay for dam removal on the Kiarnath River as federal officials met in … Read on
Pend Oreille County wants to triple the annual fee the utility pays for impact of Boundary Dam, an important power source, but talks have stalled. By Emily Heffter Seattle Times Seattle City Light and a rural Eastern Washington county have … Read on
Green jobs: The Gold Ray dam on the Rogue River will come out, probably in 2010 By Matthew Preusch Oregonian One Rogue River dam, Gold Hill, is gone; another, Savage Rapids, is on its way out. Now federal stimulus money … Read on
By Associated Press Lewiston Tribune Nearly 100 poles for transmission lines to carry power from Arrowrock Dam on the Boise River have been dropped off by helicopter.
EWEB drains the Walterville canal for annual maintenance By Susan Palmer Register Guard WALTERVILLE – To understand what Eugene Water & Electric Board staff biologist Lisa McLaughlin is talking about when she says “fish screen,” completely disregard the word “screen” … Read on
Power rate increase to pay for Klamath dam removal OK’d By Ty Beaver Herald & News Legislation that would increase power bills for Oregonians to help pay for removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River is on its … Read on
By Staff Times-News Hydroelectric power plants dominate Idaho electricity generation, supplying nearly four-fifths of the state’s production. Natural gas-fired power plants provide over one-tenth of the Idaho’s production, while coal- and wood-fired generation and wind turbines supply the remainder.
Pact includes ways to protect resources By Brian Walker Coeur d’Alene Press POST FALLS – Avista Utilities on Thursday received a 50-year license to operate its five hydroelectric projects on the Spokane River, including the Post Falls Dam, marking the … Read on
By Sean Morgan New Era U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are anticipating an average summer managing Foster and Green Peter reservoirs as it prepares to begin repairs on three gates in Foster Dam toward the end of the recreation … Read on
SCL to submit license application this fall By Janelle Atyeo Newport Miner SEATTLE – The Boundary Hydroelectric project area in north Pend Oreille County has been the subject of several studies during the past few years. Now project owners Seattle … Read on
Removal of White River dam set for next year after Department of Ecology ruling By Staff Columbian Spawning salmon can’t cheer – as far as we know – but legions of their human guardians are cheering a recent easement ruling … Read on
What’s involved in removing a large dam from one of the Pacific Northwest’s major rivers? Read on
By Staff Daily Journal of Commerce Puget Sound Energy received a green light from federal regulators to move forward with $250 million in capital improvements to the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project.
By Matt Preusch The Oregonian U.S. Department of the Interior The Mt. Elbert Pumped Storage power plant in Colorado. Four Northwest governors have sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu voicing their support for studying “pumped storage” hydropower sites … Read on
Portland organization vies to integrate wind technology By Deirdre Gregg Business Journal The Bonneville Power Administration is trying — or may try in the future — an array of tactics to better integrate the variable element of wind into a … Read on
He could take direct role in protecting imperiled salmon By Erik Robinson Columbian A federal judge has “serious reservations” of the lawfulness of a federal plan to balance imperiled salmon and federal dams in the Columbia River basin. U.S. District … Read on
By Polly Keary Monroe Monitor & Valley News Clean energy or threat to fish? As the Snohomish PUD celebrates the coming construction of a dam on Youngs Creek near Sultan that will create enough power for about 2,000 homes, some … Read on
Decades of human intervention have shrunk, swollen and shifted river, falls By Becky Kramer Spokesman Review There’s a story about Spokane Falls that Bill Youngs likes to tell. Expo ’74 promoters were trying to persuade Ford and General Motors Co. … Read on
By David Chircop Daily Herald Hydropower is at the center of a running debate on the future of Washington’s green energy initiative. When voters approved Initiative 937 in 2006, the law required large utilities, including Snohomish County PUD, to get … Read on
PUD wants 10 new mini-dams; environmentalists see trouble By David Chircop Daily Herald MONROE — More dams are coming. These aren’t the hulking concrete structures of the past.
Avista reaches dam-relicensing deal with Sierra Club By Becky Kramer Spokesman Review Water will cascade over the Spokane River’s waterfalls even during the hottest and driest of summers. Avista Utilities and the Sierra Club have worked out an agreement for … Read on
By Janelle Atyeo Newport Miner NEWPORT — Now that the weather is warming, field studies have begun for the Sullivan Creek Hydroelectric Project. Studies will help determine some mitigation measures as the Pend Oreille Public Utility District seeks a special … Read on
Under an agreement, hydro firm would install fish screens to aid smolts going downstream By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune APPLEGATE — A Utah firm is close to winning authority to retrofit Applegate Dam with hydropower turbines under an agreement that … Read on
Fish that spawn in the south and in the summer will die first as the world warms. Idaho’s high elevation runs may offer one of the best changes the species has. By Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman The Pacific Northwest has … Read on
After a few months’ delay, Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative has received verbal confirmation it may proceed with work to build a $15 million hydroelectric project at the site of the existing Chester Dam. The project had been all set to go last fall. It had been hailed as a win-win project for the environmentally low-impact power its generators would project and for the benefit to the fisheries with the installation of fish ladders at the headworks of two canals that divert water at the site. Read on
About $4 million in federal funding will pay for studies to determine the feasibility of removing PacifiCorp’s four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. Read on
Dignitaries from the tribe and the Pend Oreille Public Utilities District will meet at 10 a.m. today in Usk to sign an accord over the dam’s future operations. Drumming and songs from the Frog Island Singers will lend a festive note to the ceremony. George Skibine, acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is traveling from Washington, D.C., to attend. Read on
As head of the Bonneville Power Administration, Steve Wright says he faces a challenge as immense as that of his predecessors who first harnessed the Columbia River to generate electricity. Today, the task is to weave the fickle force of wind into an electricity system built to handle the more stable and predictable energy sources of the 20th century. Read on
EPHRATA – Grant County PUD plans to finish its fifth generator upgrade at Wanapum Dam in August, likely increasing power production in 2010 for the Priese Rapids Projects. Each generator represents 121 more megawatts of power, as compared to the current output of 103 megawatts, said Kathy Kiefer, a utility spokesperson. Read on
From its headwaters in British Columbia to its outlet at the Pacific Ocean, the 1,200-mile Columbia is an electrical powerhouse, generating more kilowatts than any other North American river. The prodigious output is a result of 14 dams and international teamwork. Read on
Koontz Electric Co., Morrilton, Ark., has received a $6 million construction contract to furnish and install three new power transformers and related equipment in the Grand Coulee Dam right powerplant. Read on
Why would an East Coast energy executive jokingly liken electricity in North Central Washington to a notorious street drug? Lisa Karstetter, Yahoo!’s Quincy spokeswoman, was on the receiving end of that comment during recent travels to five eastern states. Read on
BLUE RIVER – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $9.7 million contract to Nan McDougall Company of Tualatin to reestablish upstream fish passage at Cougar Dam. Fisheries biologists believe that reconnecting adult spring Chinook and hull trout to this high-quality habitat will substantially support recovery of endangered fish populations in the Willamette River subbasin. Read on
PORTLAND – U.S. District Judge James Redden has struck down two salmon and dam plans for the Columbia and Snake rivers. Read on
The desert southwest of Rogerson could host a little more water in the near future, according to a proposal by a group of hydropower developers. Symbiotics LLC, a multi-state company with offices in Rigby and Boise, is seeking permission from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study building a 1,100-megawatt pumped-storage hydropower project several miles west of Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir, on China Mountain. Read on
The Bureau of Reclamation will begin a $400 million to $600 million project to refit generators in Grand Coulee Dam’s Third Powerhouse, the Bureau said this week. Read on
After years of negotiations, legislation that could lead to the removal of four Klamath River dams has moved through the Oregon Senate and is now being considered by the state House of Representatives Senate Bill 76, which caps the cost of dam removal liability to Oregon PacifiCorp customers at $180 million, passed the Oregon Senate Tuesday. Read on
In an unanimous vote Tuesday, with Deputy Mayor Betsy Wharton absent, the Port Angeles City Council approved providing the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe with an easement on city-owned property for the construction of a water pipeline. Read on
Seattle gets about 40 percent of its power from Boundary Dam, tunneled into a limestone cliff. Its curved face stretches 740 feet across the Pend Oreille River near Metaline Falls, a mile south of the Canadian border. Read on
The settlement allows the dam owner, the Pend Oreille Public Utility District (PUD), to begin work on several fish restoration and environmental mitigation requirements of Box Canyon’s new 50-year license. The projects were on hold since 2005 when the PUD appealed parts of the license. Read on
The first of four new turbines for Box Canyon will be installed this year, as a requirement of the dam’s license. Parts of the turbine, including the blades, will start arriving at the dam in Ione in May or June. More parts will come in through the fall. The first of four blades for the new turbine was recently cast. Read on
ST. ANTHONY —- Fall River Rural Electrical Cooperative secured a Class 2 permit to allow construction of a 3.3 megawatt power plant on the southeastern side of the Chester Dam, on the Henry’s Fork. Read on
Repairs to one of Foster Dam’s spillway gates are complete, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Foster Dam Road Thursday after the contractor on the project finished removing a crane and equipment from the dam. Read on
Beginning in 2010, Grant PUD will start upgrading generators at Wanapum Dam. The utility recently approved a $150 million contract with Alstom Hydro for the work. Read on
Having completed repairs on one of the spillway gates at Foster Dam, the US Army Corps of Engineers is seeking funding to do the same for the other three. Col. Stevens R. Miles, district engineer and commander of the Corps’ Portland District, visited the dam east of Sweet Home on Thursday to mark the completion of the job on Spillway Gate 1. Read on
Tacoma Power, Skokomish Tribal Nation and state and federal agencies signed historic settlement agreements for Tacoma Power’s Cushman Hydroelectric project during a meeting in Tacoma Jan. 12. The agreements resolve a $5.8 billion damages claim and long standing disputes over the terms of a long term license for Cushman Hydroelectric Project, which is located on the Skokomish River in Mason County. Read on
Dam removals typically make waves in the Pacific Northwest. But most stories involve big dams blocking big fish along big rivers, like the dwindling chinook salmon runs along the Snake River. That’s what makes an ongoing effort to remove a small dam on Kellogg Creek near its confluence with the Willamette River near downtown Milwaukie unique. Read on
The City of Tacoma and the Skokomish Indian Tribe officially ended a dispute Monday over a pair of dams on the Olympic Pensinsula that dates to the late 1920s. Officials from the city-owned Tacoma Public Utilities, the Skokomish tribe and numerous federal agencies gathered for a breakfast meeting at C.I. Shenanigan’s restaurant in Tacoma where they held a ceremonial signing of a settlement that gives the tribe millions of dollars and allows Tacoma Power to continue producing electricity for 40 more years. Read on
As President-elect Barack Obama calls for an epic economic stimulur plan, the utility is sending Congress a wish list that includes nearly $1 billion in investments for tidal, geothermal, solar and low-impact hydroelectricity projects. Read on
After years of planning and construction, Albany’s old/new hydropower plant is about to resume production. Read on