The Oroville Dam 2017 Spillway Incident: Lessons from the Feather River Basin

The Oroville Dam 2017 Spillway Incident: Lessons from the Feather River Basin

This report examines the near-catastrophic failure of the tallest dam in the country, and calls for action on 18 recommendations, and dozens of sub-recommendations in 4 key areas: addressing California’s aging dam infrastructure, operating dams more safely and efficiently, advancing multi-benefit flood management projects, and increasing transparency and public engagement.

Hydropower Development on the Mississippi River

Hydropower Development on the Mississippi River

This paper describes the existing hydropower generation on the Mississippi River and looks at what may be coming down the pipe. It also provides an overview of early concerns regarding power development and provides recommendations on river management from an energy...
Potential Effect of Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) on Hydroelectric Development In The United States

Potential Effect of Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) on Hydroelectric Development In The United States

On July 8th, 2008, hedge fund manager T. Boone Pickens announced his intention to develop a large wind farm in his home state of Texas, but a year later Pickens decided against doing so. Troubled credit markets, along with falling natural gas prices, have eliminated or stalled many renewable-energy projects. The 1973 OPEC oil embargo gave impetus to federal and state policies to spur development of indigenous energy sources, including non-hydro renewable ones.