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Massachusetts to Provide Funding to its Upgrade Hydropower Facilities

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced a grant funding opportunity to help upgrade existing hydropower facilities and eventually obtain either a certification by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) or qualify for Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.To be eligible for a piece... read more

California Determines Hydropower from British Columbia Not Eligible as Renewable Energy

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On January 15, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted a report that concluded hydropower from British Columbia (BC) is not eligible as renewable in California (CA) and recommended not revising (i.e. weakening) the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) hydropower regulations to allow... read more

HRC Produces a Recreational Assessment of Proposed Tidal Energy Project

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the National Park Service have collaborated to produce an assessment of the recreational issues surrounding a proposed tidal energy project in the Kenai Peninsula near Nikiski Alaska.Using the guidance offered by Hydrokinetic Energy Projects and... read more

FERC To Hold Workshop to Hydropower Licensing

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a workshop on October 2, 2013 to explore the possibility of a two-year licensing process for hydropower development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects.The workshop is being held to comply with Section 6 of the... read more

Public Comment Deadline on NWPCC Protected Areas Program

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The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) is currently amending its Fish and Wildlife Program, including its Protected Areas Program.  This Program protects 44,000 miles of rivers and streams from new hydropower dams in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.  Rivers where new... read more

Hydro Bills Head to the President’s Desk

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Last week, the United States Senate passed two hydropower bills by unanimous consent. The two bills now await President Obama’s signature.The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, sponsored by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, aims to expedite the permitting process for... read more

State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserve Water

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  Hydropower Reform Coalition * Center for Environmental Law & PolicyAmerican Whitewater * Columbia River Bioregional Education Project North Cascades Conservation Council * Sierra Club News Release July 26, 2013 State Board rules: Similkameen Falls deserve... read more

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish Would be an Economic Loser

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July 16, 2013Dam proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an economic loserNew Analysis Reveals Extreme Unprofitability of Proposed Sunset Falls Hydropower ProjectContact:Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater, 425-417-9012, okeefe@americanwhitewater.orgRich Bowers, Hydropower Reform Coalition... read more

Plans to Develop Hydrokinetic Projects on the Mississippi Abandoned

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A combination of challenges including low water levels on the Mississippi has forced a developer to surrender the permits it held to study the feasibility of hydrokinetic projects on the Mississippi River.A letter filed before FERC by Free Flow Power on June 17 states “pursuing development of... read more

Montana Dam Proposals To Be Withdrawn!

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Source: American Whitewaterposted June 7, 2013by Kevin ColburnThe company that has been seeking permits to build three new hydropower projects in Montana announced today that they are abandoning their proposals - for now.  This is a great relief for the many Montanans that care about... read more

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