On April 1, 2015, FERC issued a new license for the 108.6 MW Yadkin-Pee Dee hydroelectric project in North Carolina. The project has been operating with an annual license since the license expired in 2008.
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.
The agreement ends a five-year legal stalemate over the issuance of a state water quality permit needed for Duke’s new operating license for the Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project.
The state of North Carolina has intervened in the licensing of Yadkin hydroelectric project and is seeking to take over the project.The 209 MW Yadkin Project on the Yadkin River is owned and operated by Alcoa Power Generating Inc., a one-time largest employer in the Stanley County through its aluminum plant. Now that Alcoa is no longer providing jobs, North Carolina, in its motion to intervene filed earlier this month states:
Tennessee's only licensed hydropower project was granted another license today. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a new license for ALCOA's Tapoco project on the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina and Tennessee.Coalition members American Rivers and Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN) were signatories to the settlement.