Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Monthly Archives: June 2010

Inspection spurs alarm about dams

Feds says there’s potential for catastrophic failure; PacifiCorp calls them safe By Erik Robinson Columbian Federal energy regulators are raising alarm about the potential for “catastrophic failure” of spillway gates on three major PacifiCorp-owned dams on the North Fork of … Read on 

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Company gives report on sediment behind dam

By Joyce Edlefsen Standard Journal REXBURG – Rocky Mountain Power continues its preliminary work prior to starting the physical rebuilding of the Ashton Dam. After a lengthy review of the condition of the dam by its own engineers, consultants and … Read on 

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Rains swamp region’s dams

Power managers divert flow to reservoirs, slow plant output and give power away By Ted Sickinger The Oregonian Winter’s snow drought has given way to a temporary flood of late-spring runoff, forcing regional managers of the electrical grid to give … Read on 

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New face for the Falls

Work in high gear for upgrade, lowering of dam By Seth Truscott Snoqualmie Valley Record Normally, the power generators at the Snoqualmie Falls hydroelectric plant run at a painful roar. This summer, the machinery is silent for the first time … Read on 

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Columbia River dams get upgrades

More power will be generated from same amount of water via $120 million project By Shannon Dininny Daily Journal of Commerce BRIDGEPORT Wash. —Workers are preparing to install a new 45-ton turbine at the second-largest producing dam in the United … Read on 

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BPA makes changes, knows which way the wind blows

By Staff Odessa Record As winds picked up May 12, the Bonneville Power Administration warned wind farms at 6:29 p.m. to prepare to shut down the wind turbines in four minutes. The turbines were generating about 600 megawatts more power … Read on 

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