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FERC Issues A New License for Markland Project on the Ohio River

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FERC issued a license to Duke Energy, Indiana on September 07, 2010 for continued generation at the 64.8 MW Markland Hydroelectric project (P-2211).The project is located on the Markland dam, owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, primarily for navigation.  Duke  Energy had... read more

Colorado and FERC Agree to Promote Small-scale Hydropower Projects

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FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to streamline the permitting process for small-scale hydropower projects that utilize existing dams or other infrastructures such as canals and conduits.Under the MOU, Colorado proposes to... read more

Draft EA Issued for Claytor Project: FERC Staff Disagree with Resource Agency Staff on Recommended Flows

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the relicensing of the Claytor hydroelectric project located on the New River in  Pulaski County in Virginia. Appalachian Power Company is seeking to get a new license for the 75 MW project and had... read more

HRC Offers Recommendations for Implementation of the MOU between DOI and DOE

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Through a letter sent to the Department of Interior and Department of Energy, the Hydropower Reform Coalition supported the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached by the two departments for offshore energy development, including marine and hydrokinetic.The Departments reached the MOU last month... read more

Settlement Leads to Licensing of Cushman Project

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On July 15, 2010 FERC approved a settlement reached in January 2009 by the City of Tacoma, Skokomish Tribe, and state and federal agencies and issued a 50-year license for the Cushman hydroelectric project.Following the agreement and now the Commission’s order, the City of Tacoma will pay $12... read more

40-year License Issued for Flint Creek Project in Montana

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FERC has issued a 40-year license to the Granite County to operate a 2MW project on the Georgetown Lake dam.The proposed project would be located on Flint Creek at the existing Georgetown Lake dam in the Upper Clark Fork River basin in Granite and Deer Lodge counties, near the town of Philipsburg,... read more

DOI and DOE Enter MOU to Foster Collaboration on Offshore Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Projects

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The Department of Interior and the Department of Energy have agreed to strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies on the future development of commercial renewable offshore energy projects, including the marine and hydrokinetic energy projects, on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf... read more

Draft EIS Issued for Decommissioning of Kilarc-Cow Project in California

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FERC Staff have prepared and issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed surrender of the Kilarc-Cow Creek project (P-606) by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.The Kilarc-Cow Creek project totals 5 MW of electric capacity and is located in Shasta County on several upper... read more

US Senate Confirmes LaFleur and Moeller as FERC Commissioners

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The US Senate, this week, confirmed Cheryl LaFleur as the fifth member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and reconfirmed Philip Moeller for his second term.According to FERC, LaFleur has more than 20 years experience as a leader in the electric and gas industry. She retired in 2007 as... read more

HRC and NPS Seek Comments on Draft Report

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The Hydropower Reform Coalition has partnered with the National Park Service with assistance from the Department of Energy to produce a whitepaper on recreational issues related to the marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies, which is now available for public review.The draft report entitled... read more

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