Northwest Hydropower News Archives 2010 & Older

Tag: BPA

Resurgent Northwest salmon show dam ‘spill’ is better than barging

Salmon success recasts debate By Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman Lorri Bodi’s call in the 1990s for federal dam managers to divert Columbia River flows away from hydroelectric turbines to aid endangered salmon was met by anger and an army of … Read on 

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New hatchery part of Grant PUD licensing costs

By Lynne Lynch Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — The costs associated with the estimated $43 million Chief Joseph Hatchery north of Brewster were planned spending for Grant County PUD’s licensing efforts. Grant PUD received a new federal license to own … Read on 

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Transmission lines key to BPA wind power plans

By Kathie Durbin The Columbian What if you built a wind farm and couldn’t get the energy to market? Despite a decade-long wind energy boom that has turned the upper Columbia River Plateau into one long horizon of slowly rotating … Read on 

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Search is on for a solution to balance Northwest power

Federal agency reaches agreement with one developer to provide its own backup resources By Nathalie Weinstein Daily Journal of Commerce When Northwest winds aren’t blowing, the energy grid compensates automatically by tapping into hydropower sources operated by the Bonneville Power … Read on 

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Feds look at scaling back hatcheries

Fisheries service offers alternatives to trim Columbia basin production and protect fish By Scott Learn The Oregonian Federal biologists on Friday sent their strongest signal to date that the Columbia River Basin’s immense hatchery production –and the lucrative fishing opportunities … Read on 

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No more give in the NW power grid

By Ted Sickinger The Oregonian On the afternoon of May 19, in a single chaotic hour, more than a thousand wind turbines in the Columbia River Gorge went from spinning lazily in the breeze to full throttle as a storm … 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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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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As wind power booms, so do the challenges

The revolution happening along the Columbia River is full of promise. But wind power is fickle, and keeping our energy system running smoothly has become “the great economic and engineering challenge of our time.” By Hal Bernton Seattle Times CENTERVILLE, … Read on 

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Low snowpack could impact power prices

By Sean Ellis Idaho State Journal The extremely poor snowpack levels in Idaho this winter could have a significant impact on power prices down the road. "There won’t be an impact his year, but there might be an impact next … Read on 

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BPA warns electricity rates could increase

By Staff Wahkiakum Co. Eagle The Bonneville Power Administration now estimates it will likely finish the fiscal year with negative net revenues of approximately $230 million. This shortfall was reported in BPA’s second quarterly review published April 30 and is … Read on 

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$11M effort to make fish-safe turbine

By Staff Daily Journal of Commerce The US Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded an $11 million contract to Voith Hydro of York, PA for work at Ice Harbor Lock and dam on the Snake River near Burbank. Voith will … Read on 

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Planning continues to boost fish populations

New contract seeks safer turbines for fish By Staff Daily News Engineers will develop the first of a new generation of advanced hydroelectric turbines for the Federal Columbia River Power System to provide safe passage for fish, under a contract … Read on 

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Dam repairs almost done

The BPA funded the $5 million project on four spillway gates at Foster By Alex Paul Albany Democrat-Herald SWEET HOME — A $5 million repair project on the four spillway gates at Foster Dam is expected to be completed by … Read on 

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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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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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BPA postpones plan

Agency to study effects of water level changes on Lake Pend Oreille By Becky Kramer Spokesman Review The Bonneville Power Administration has temporarily shelved its request to raise and lower Lake Pend Oreille by up to 5 feet this winter, … Read on 

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Salmon plan is close, judge says

Columbia River: The federal government added “insurance” for fish, but it needs work By Matthew Preusch The Oregonian Many hoped that more than 10 years of lawsuits over protecting Northwest salmon and operating Columbia Basin dams would come to a … Read on 

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