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  1. PacifiCorp, KRRC submit FERC filings for Klamath hydropower project removal

    A pair of applications filed by the Klamath River Renewal Corporation today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission puts into official motion a long-standing plan to remove four hydroelectric plants on the Klamath River. Slated for removal are the   90-MW J.C. Boyle, 20-MW Copco, 1.27-MW Copco 2 and 18-MW Iron Gate  that together constitute the PacifiCorp-owned Klamath hydropower project , which snakes 373 miles through southern Oregon to northern California. The Klamath River Renewal Corporation's first filing was made jointly with PacifiCorp and asks FERC to transfer licenses to operate all four plants from the utility to the KRRC. PacifiCorp has operated the project on an annual basis since 2006, when its original license issued in 1954 expired. Meanwhile, the KRRC's second filing seeks FERC permission to decommission and remove the dams. "Filing these applications is an initial milestone outlined in the 2016 Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement ," a joint release said. "A diverse set of stakeholders have agreed to a shared vision of the future of the Klamath basin. To date, the 2016 KHSA has been signed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce, the states of California and Oregon, the Karuk and Yurok tribes, PacifiCorps, nine conservation and fishing groups, and other interested parties. "When complete, the KRRC's efforts will result in the largest dam removal project in U.S. history." FERC and other agencies will now hold public hearings on the applications. If approved, the removal process would begin in 2020. "The KRRC is now up and running, and through the FERC regulatory process, the KRRC will demonstrate it has the legal, financial and technical capacity to become the licensee for four Klamath hydroelectric dams and oversee decommissioning activities," KRRC board vice president Lester Snow said. For more policy and regulation news,  visit here .  

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  2. Several nonpowered dams along the Ohio River to be converted to hydroelectric dams in 2016

    The National Hydropower Association estimates that 3% of the nation's 80,000 dams currently generate electricity.

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    Fri, 15 Jul 2016

  3. Hydroelectric Power News: Alcoa sells NC river dams to Maryland clean-power company

    Alcoa Inc. is ending a century of ownership and its years-long relicensing fight over four North Carolina hydroelectric dams by selling them to a Maryland company that specializes in running clean-power projects.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  4. Hydroelectric Power News: Consumers Energy to install more buoys below dams for safety

    Consumers Energy is working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to install more buoys to help warn the public to stay out of potentially unsafe areas immediately downstream of hydroelectric dams .

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    Fri, 5 Aug 2016

  1. 382-MW Ulu Jelai hydroelectric plant in Malaysia nearing completion

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

  2. Heavy rains replenish Uruguayan hydroelectric dams

    Heavy rains in Uruguay have allowed for energy prices to drop from $140/MW to $122, according to a report in La Republica newspaper.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2011

  3. Feds, Oregon, California to sign pact to remove four hydro dams

    The landmark agreement revives a dormant, six-year-old settlement process that Congress failed to approve last year

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    Wed, 6 Apr 2016

  4. U.S. aid agency seeks engineering firms for worldwide work including hydropower

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks information on small businesses able to provide design, construction supervision and other services for worldwide USAID projects including water resources work and hydroelectric dams .

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    Thu, 18 Sep 2014

  5. U.S. Supreme Court wants federal government to weigh in on PPL streambed appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court wants the federal government to weigh in on the matter of PPL Montana's appeal of a $41 million decision allowing the state to charge the company rent for the use of riverbeds where the utility’s hydroelectric dams are located.

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    Tue, 2 Nov 2010

  6. BPA curtails wind generation due to increase of hydropower

    The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on April 29 and April 30 ordered wind farms in the Pacific Northwest to cut production because of a surplus of power from hydroelectric dams .

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    Tue, 1 May 2012

  7. Power News: Wholesale power prices decrease across the country in 2015

    Wholesale electricity prices at major trading hubs on a monthly average basis for on-peak hours were down 27%-37% across the nation in 2015 compared with 2014, driven largely by lower natural gas prices.

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    Mon, 11 Jan 2016

  8. Bullock seeks advice on meeting new power plant regulations

    Gov. Steve Bullock is establishing an advisory council to help craft Montana's response to new federal rules meant to reduce pollution from power plants blamed in climate change even as the state challenges the new requirements.

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    Fri, 13 Nov 2015

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