Hydro Bills Head to the President’s Desk

Last week, the United States Senate passed two hydropower bills by unanimous consent. The two bills now await President Obama’s signature.

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, sponsored by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, aims to expedite the permitting process for conduit hydropower and direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study the feasibility of a streamlined two-year permitting process for closed-loop pumped storage projects.

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State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserve Water

 
 
Hydropower Reform Coalition * Center for Environmental Law & Policy
American Whitewater * Columbia River Bioregional Education Project North Cascades Conservation Council * Sierra Club
 
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Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish Would be an Economic Loser

July 16, 2013

Dam proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an economic loser
New Analysis Reveals Extreme Unprofitability of Proposed Sunset Falls Hydropower Project

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Plans to Develop Hydrokinetic Projects on the Mississippi Abandoned

A combination of challenges including low water levels on the Mississippi has forced a developer to surrender the permits it held to study the feasibility of hydrokinetic projects on the Mississippi River.

A letter filed before FERC by Free Flow Power on June 17 states “pursuing development of the Projects at this time is not viable.” Free Flow Power, a Massachusetts based company, had been exploring development of hydrokinetic energy projects on the Mississippi River from St. Louis, MO to the Gulf of Mexico.

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