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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. Zinke says he would move land management authority out of Washington

    US Rep. Ryan Zinke said he would work to have more federal land management decisions reached outside of Washington, DC, as a product of closer collaboration with states and stakeholders if he is confirmed as the next US Secretary of the Interior.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. 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

  4. GenForum panel sees lots of low-carbon options available to Sun Belt

    The Sun Belt states, with their mild weather, have plenty of options for lower-carbon power generation

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    Tue, 20 Dec 2016

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

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    Wed, 21 Dec 2016

  2. DOE extends Title XVII application deadlines

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) has added new application deadlines for its current Title XVII loan guarantee solicitations.  

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  3. U.S. House stalling Energy Policy Modernization Act as Congressional adjournment approaches

    Efforts to enact the Energy Policy Modernization Act during the waning days of the current Congressional session seem to have been thwarted as the House of Representatives awaits the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.  

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  4. Senate panel splits on cause of renewable fuel quota shortfalls

    A US Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee divided over two reports the Government Accountability Office issued 2 days earlier about the US biofuels industry’s ability to produce enough supplies to meet future Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) quotas and to reach the RFS’s ...

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    Fri, 2 Dec 2016

  5. 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

  6. GenForum Panel Sees Lots of Low-Carbon Options Available to Sun Belt

    The Sun Belt states, with their mild weather, have plenty of options for lower-carbon power generation.

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    Tue, 20 Dec 2016

  7. 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

  8. Valero tells EPA it will sue for not considering RIN policy request

    Valero Energy Corp. notified the US Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue for not considering the independent refiner-marketer’s request to move the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Research Identification Number program.

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    Fri, 4 Nov 2016

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