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  1. Nevada Irrigation District proposes building new dam, hydro project in California

    Drought in California is pushing many to pursue options for additional water storage in the region, and the Nevada Irrigation District is proposing construction of a new reservoir, the Centennial Reservoir Project. NID says existing water use exceeds its current storage and supply capabilities and it needs to enhance its capacity to collect and conserve water. In April 2016, directors of the irrigation district approved a $1.3 million contract with AECOM for a third phase of geotechnical studies of the proposed Centennial Reservoir site. AECOM previously completed the first two phases of study. AECOM will conduct further geotechnical investigation, provide conceptual design and engineering reports, develop construction cost estimates and schedules, and provide environmental support and project management. Centennial Reservoir, on the Bear River, has been in planning since 2014, Nevada Irrigation District says. However, the vision for this project dates back to 1926, NID says, with creation of a comprehensive plan for the region’s water supply system. The reservoir would hold up to 11,000 acre-feet of water and be located below NID’s Rollins Reservoir and below its Combie Reservoir. The dam will be about 275 feet tall. Initial studies narrowed seven potential sites to two, and five potential types of dams were studied, with roller-compacted concrete and concrete-faced rockfill seen as most favorable. A report on the KQED Science website says the project possibly includes a “new hydroelectric unit at Rollins Reservoir, for which the district already has a federal permit. The district would use revenues from electricity sales to help offset construction costs.” NID hopes to begin construction of the reservoir in 2021 and complete the project in 2023. The district says planning and building the project will cost $200 million to $300 million, potentially funded through state water bonds and such other sources as a local bond issue and recreational funds. Construction of the project is anticipated to create hundreds of jobs each year. The Centennial Reservoir website says a draft environmental impact report/National Environmental Policy Act was due for completion in December 2016 but it is unclear if that was completed on schedule. NID owns eight hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of 82.2 MW.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  2. Groups petition federal court to halt infrastructure projects on four Lower Snake River hydropower projects

    Environmental groups are asking a federal court to halt 11 infrastructure projects on four lower Snake River hydropower projects in Washington state that could ultimately see the dams at the projects removed if a pending review determines the dams need to come out to help salmon. 

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  3. Oil and Gas: California officials sues feds over offshore fracking

    State Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's recent finding that fracking off the state's coast has no significant environmental impact.

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    Wed, 21 Dec 2016

  4. Trump reportedly to name McMorris Rodgers as Interior Secretary

    US President-elect Donald J. Trump reportedly plans to nominate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who is vice-chair of his transition team, as Secretary of the Interior. She first was elected to serve her eastern Washington district in 2004, sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and ...

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  1. CEQ releases final climate-change guidance for agencies’ NEPA reviews

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    Wed, 3 Aug 2016

  2. Second day of 2016 TransForum East to highlight large transmission projects, post-election uncertainty

    TransmissionHub ’s 2016 TransForum East will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C., with the final day of the conference highlighting such matters as the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan; large transmission projects in the East; and ...

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  3. Second day of TransForum East to highlight transmission projects, election uncertainty

    The event will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  4. First day of TransForum East to feature speakers from ISO-NE, PJM, PSE&G, others

    The event will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  5. Canadian government approves two crude export projects, rejects third

    Canada’s federal government approved construction of two crude oil export pipelines on Nov. 29 while rejecting a third project. Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans-Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) from Alberta to Burnaby, BC, near Vancouver, and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement south into US markets ...

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  6. Energy reform bill compromise stalled, House committee official says

    Prospects for a joint US House-Senate conference to send compromise energy-reform legislation to the White House before yearend are growing dim because so many significant disagreements have remained unresolved, a House Natural Resources Committee official said.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  7. Senators ask Obama to delay Dakota Access pipeline’s construction

    US Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democrats Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), and Edward J. Markey (Mass.) have asked US President Barack Obama to halt construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline until affected Indian tribes are consulted and a ...

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    Fri, 14 Oct 2016

  8. Ocean bureau fields lease request for 765 MW wind project off of California

    BOEM received an unsolicited request from Trident Winds for a utility-scale floating wind energy facility offshore Morro Bay, California

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

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