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Coalition opposes hydropower bills being considered by House Energy and Commerce, Energy Sub Committee

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition opposes the hydropower bills and discussion drafts being considered by House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy Subcommittee in a hearing today.These bills  undo many of the checks and balances that have equitably balanced hydropower development with... read more

Coalition to Testify Today Before House Subcommittee on Energy

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American Whitewater’s Dave Steindorf will testify before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives today on behalf of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. The hearing titled “Modernizing Energy Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities to Expanding Hydropower Generation”... read more

PG&E Withdraws License Application On Butte Creek

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Source: California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and American WhitewaterBy Chris Shutes (CSPA) and Dave Steindorf (American Whitewater)In a surprise move, PG&E announced on February 2, 2017 that it was withdrawing its application to relicense the DeSabla – Centerville Hydroelectric... read more

FERC denies Idaho Power petition to override state supremacy over water

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Source: Idaho Rivers UnitedThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition today that would have overridden state ability to enforce water quality standards—a right that has been codified by the Supreme Court. The ruling was a win for IRU and other conservation groups that are... read more

Groups to DOE: No Need to Explore New Dams

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Eighty conservation, recreation, faith-based and business groups sent a letter to the Department of Energy urging the Department to explore existing dams instead of building new ones to increase our nation’s hydropower capacity.The letter was in response to the Department seeking information... read more

167 Groups Urge Congress to Drop Hydropower Provisions from the Energy Bill

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A coalition of conservation, recreation and business groups sent a letter yesterday to members of Congress urging them to strip the hydropower provisions from the final conference report on the comprehensive energy bill currently being reconciled by a conference committee.The letter signed by 167... read more

Tell Congress to Strip Bad Hydropower Provisions from the Energy Bill

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The United States Congress is currently considering reconciling the energy bills passed by the House and the Senate for a comprehensive energy bill. Under consideration is the hydropower industry’s wishlist contained in H.R. 8 (North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015).... read more

DOE Releases Hydro Vision Report

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This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the much-anticipated Hydropower Vision Report, which states that the nation could add 50 GW of new hydropower capacity by 2050. However, of that, 35 GW is just from pumped storage hydropower, while 13 GW could come from upgrading existing projects... read more

Alaska Governor Kills the Susitna Hydro Dam Project

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The Governor of Alaska, has directed the state to shut down the proposed new hydropower dam project on the Susitna River, 90 miles upstream of Talkeetna.The proposed Watana dam would be one of the tallest dams in the US directly affecting 233 miles of the mainstem Susitna River and indirectly... read more

FERC denies a license for a new hydropower dam

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission provided a victory today for the pristine Bear River, fisheries, recreation and the local community by denying a federal license for a proposed new hydropower dam in Idaho.Through an order issued yesterday, FERC denied the application by Twin Lakes Canal... read more

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