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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Feds give OK to start Chester hydroproject

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 

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Stimulus funds will pay to study dams

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 

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Dam pact aims to alleviate damage

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 

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BPA grabs stimlus dollars to join wind revolution

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 

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Power production increases with generator upgrades

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 

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