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American Rivers Reaches Agreement in the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing

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Coalition member American Rivers has reached a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and other stakeholders as part of the license renewal for the Catawba-Wateree project in North Carolina.According to American Rivers, the agreement ends a five-year legal stalemate over the issuance of a state... read more

FERC Issues a New License for Upper American River Project in California

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FERC issued a license last week for the Upper American River Project in California consisting of seven developments on the Rubicon River, Silver Creek, and South Fork American River in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. The license authorizes Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to continue... read more

LaFleur and Bay Confirmed by Senate to be FERC Commissioners

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On July 15, the US Senate confirmed two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Current Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, who has served as acting chair since November 2013, was confirmed by a 90-7 vote. Norman Bay, who is currently the head of the Office of Enforcement was confirmed by a... read more

Really, Dam Every River For Hydropower?

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The Secretary of Energy recently publicly stated that our nation could produce an additional 65.5 gigawatts of hydropower capacity based on the Department of Energy (DOE) report which estimates the technical potential of the US. However, the problem with that number is that every river stretch that... read more

FERC Delivers a Win for Twin Falls in Idaho

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After years of fighting on behalf of the Twin Falls on the Snake River in Idaho, Coalition members recently secured a victory to protect the Falls from drying up.In 1995, Idaho Power Company, the operator of the Twin Falls hydropower project, proposed to reduce the amount of water flowing through... read more

FERC Terminates License for Project in South Carolina

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FERC has terminated the license for the Whitney Mills hydroelectric project located on Lawsons Fork Creek, in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.The project ceased operation in July 2005 and in February 2014, the licensee for the project informed FERC of his intent to surrender the license for the... read more

Massachusetts to Provide Funding to Upgrade its 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

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

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