FERC Delivers a Win for Twin Falls in Idaho

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 the falls to generate more power. While doing so would have eliminated the natural beauty of the Twin Falls and deprived thousands of visitors of the majestic view that the Falls offers, it would have increased Idaho Power’s income by a mere $50,000 a year.

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FERC Terminates License for Project in South Carolina

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 project because the project was no longer economically viable to operate.

FERC’s dam safety officials have classified the dam as having “Low” hazard potential.

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Massachusetts to Provide Funding to Upgrade its Hydropower Facilities

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.

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Hydropower from British Columbia not eligible as renewable in California

On January 15, 2014, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted a report that concluded hydropower from British Columbia (BC) is not eligible as renewable in California (CA) and recommended not revising (i.e. weakening) the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) hydropower regulations to allow eligibility. This effectively closes the door on a terrible idea and long process that began in 2008 for California Hydropower Reform Coalition members and BC river advocates.

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