Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: February 2010

Mild winter means trouble for BPA officials, McNary Dam

BPA predicts $6M loss in revenue due to warm winter By Dean Brickey East Oregonian BPA officials have reduced their expectations for hydroelectric power revenue this year by more than $225 million because of new forecasts for a continued depressed … Read on 

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U.S. agrees to tweak salmon plan

Judge’s proposal:The government gets three months to review its fish-recovery effort Matthew Presusch The Oregonian The federal government will spend three more months reconfiguring its plan for salmon and dams in the Columbia Basin in the hopes of pleasing a … Read on 

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Turbine design taps into water power

By Steve Brown Capital Press Burt Hamner has a simple idea: Tap the nearest running water — say, an irrigation canal or a river — to generate electricity. That electricity, he figures, could be used on-site to operate irrigation pumps … Read on 

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Remodel of Ashton Dam to take longer than expected

By Joyce Edlefsen Standard Journal REXBURG — A Rocky Mountain Power Co. official told the Henry’s Fork Watershed Council Tuesday in Rexburg that modifications and reconstruction of its Ashton Dam will take more time than originally announced.

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Seattle offers $1.6M to Pend Oreille

Boundary Dam: City Light offers $1.6 million for Boundary Dam fees as legislators take up the cause for the financially strapped county. By Emily Heffter Seattle Times Seattle City Light offered this week to pay $1.6 million to a tiny … Read on 

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2010 breaching of Condit Dam not likely

Preparation, soliciting bids may not leave enough time to meet target date of October Erik Robinson The Columbian Condit Dam is shown shortly before dam owner PacifiCorp agreed in 1999 to remove it rather than install expensive fish ladders. A … Read on 

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Low snowpack could leave hydro system high and dry

Electricity: The BPA predicts it will lose money, and Northwest residents could face higher bills By Ted Sickinger The Oregonian “This is a very serious decline that impacts our power supply and therefore our finances,” said BPA Administrator Steve Wright. … Read on 

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