News

Proposed Pumped Storage Project Axed by FERC

Keywords: Region: States:
Citing differences between the co-applicants of the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage (LEAPS) Project, which would be located on Lake Elsinore and San Juan Creek in Riverside County, CA, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has dismissed the application for the project submitted in 2004.The... read more

A Maryland city to build low-head hydro using its raw water line

Keywords: Region: States:
The City of Frostburg in northwestern Maryland, has obtained an exemption from license to develop hydropower at the city’s municipal raw water line, discharging water from the hydro plant to the raw water reservoir. The City can now start constructing the 75 kilowatt project.The City’s... read more

Final EA Released: FERC Staff Do Not Adopt State's Recommended Flows

Keywords: Region: States:
On April 8, 2011 FERC Staff issued a Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) for the Claytor Hydroelectric Project (P-769) on the New River in Pulaski county, Virginia.In the FEA, the FERC staff have not adopted the recommendations on flows made by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries... read more

Assessment Shows Additional 225 MW Potential at Bureau Sites

Keywords: Region:
A Hydropower Resource Assessment performed by the Bureau of Reclamation for its existing sites, including dams, diversions, canals, and tunnels, estimates that there is potential to add 225MW of capacity at the Bureau’s sites.The analysis looked at 530 existing sites, of which, 191 sites were... read more

Guide Offers Strategies for Addressing Recreation Issues in New Hydropower Technologies

Keywords: Region:
 Contact: Joan Harn, National Park Service, 202-354-6929Rupak Thapaliya, Hydropower Reform Coalition, 202-243-7076 March 31, 2011 Washington, DC -- The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the National Park Service have jointly released a new guide that offers strategies to deal with... read more

FERC and Corps Agree to Work More Closely on Licensing

Keywords: Region:
Yesterday, FERC and Army Corps of Engineers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate the respective regulatory processes associated with the authorizations required to construct and operate non-Federal hydropower projects.According to the press release by FERC, the MOU provides for:... read more

Senate Holds Hearing on Two New Bills

Keywords: Region:
The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday, March 31 to hear testimonies on two recent hydropower bills introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (D-Alaska).John Seebach, the chair of the Coalition and director of hydropower reform initiative at American Rivers,... read more

Kezar Falls Project in Maine Seeks LIHI Certification

Keywords: Region: States:
The operator of the Kezar Falls Hydroelectric Project (P-9340) has applied for low-impact certification of its 1MW project located on the Ossipee River at Kezar Falls, Maine before the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI).LIHI is now seeking public comments on the application for certification.... read more

Company Looks to Surrender License in California

Keywords: Region: States:
The Southern California Edison Company is looking to surrender its license for the San Gorgonio Hydroelectric Project (P-344) located on the  San Gorgonio River, in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, California.According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the federal entity that... read more

HRC Announces Webinar and Extension of Comment Period for "MHK & Recreation Guide"

Keywords: Region:
The deadline to comment on the draft report “Hydrokinetic Energy Projects & Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts,” has been extended until November 15, 2010. The report provides guidance on evaluating impacts of new hydropower technologies (i.e. tidal, in-river current, and wave... read more

Pages