Great Lakes

FERC Reinstates School Street License

In a ruling issued yesterday, FERC reinstated the license for School Street project issued in February 2007, thereby giving a serious blow to Green Island Power Authority’s (GIPA’s) plan to get a license for their proposed 100 MW Cohoes Falls project, just downstream of the current School Street site. The project is located on the Mohawk River in Albany and Saratoga Counties, New York.

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Court Vacates License Order, Says FERC Should Have Analyzed All Alternatives

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a 2007 FERC license order for the School Street Project and asked FERC to revisit the proceeding.

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New York Project Will Receive Production Tax Credits

The additional generation at Raquette River project in New York will now be eligible to receive tax credits under EPAct 2005.Yesterday FERC issued a letter certifying that the four developments in the project owned by Erie Boulevard had generated 24912 kWh more than the historic annual generation of 70,271 kWh.A license amendment issued in late 2006 had allowed the project to increase the capacity by 6 MW. The amendment had also changed the project from a peaking mode to run-of-river mode.

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Three Dams Coming Out: Cold Water Fisheries Will Benefit

At a meeting last week, city and county commissioners voted to remove the Boardman, Brownbridge, and Sabin Dams while keeping the Union Street dam, all in Grand Traverse County.

On April 9, 2009, the Traverse City Council and the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners met in a joint session to act on the recommendations of the Implementation Team and the Boardman Rivers Dam Committee (BRDC).  After several presentations, public comments and discussion the Council and the Commissioners approved the removal of the three dams.

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