Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: January 2009

Newsprint company, others approve Box Canyon settlement

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 

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Turbine blades under construction

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 

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P&Z considers plans for hydroelectric project

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 

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Road reopens after dam repair

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 

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Wanapum to get $150M upgrade

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 

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Corps of Engineers marks completion of Foster Gate 1 repairs

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 

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Tacoma Power settles dispute with Skokomish Tribe

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 

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Dam removal could aid coho salmon

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 

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Tacoma pays to end feud with tribe

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 

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PUD wishlist: $1 billion

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 

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Back on the grid

After years of planning and construction, Albany’s old/new hydropower plant is about to resume production. Read on 

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Nine new hydro plants planned for the McKenzie

A San Francisco based company filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to develop up to nine new hydropower projects on the McKenzie River. Read on 

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