Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: May 2009

BPA rides the wind

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 

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Judge has reservations on dam plan

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 

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New dam coming to Sultan

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 

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A Natural Treasure’s Unnatural History

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 

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Hydropower doesn’t count as green energy, but some say it should

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 

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Is dam a dirty word?

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.

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Spokane Falls will flow full time

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 

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Sullivan field studies underway

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 

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Hydro plant would restore steelhead spawning areas

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 

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All we do to save salmon could mean nothing

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 

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