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[CU 1910 / July 12, 2019]
Idaho Power IRP Accelerates Coal Retirements
Coal is out of favor in Idaho Power’s 2019 integrated resource plan, as the economics now favor accelerating coal plant retirements, mostly by 2026. The plan also prominently features natural gas plants in the later years of the portfolio’s 20-year planning period.
NOAA Report’s Goal for 24 Fish Stocks: 3.6 Million Returns
A NOAA Fisheries-led process designed to reach broad consensus on an overall recovery plan for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin offered provisional numbers in a report released July 10. The Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force report says returns of 24 stocks of fish—including 13 listed as threatened or endangered—should collectively average a total of 3.6 million fish annually in order to achieve “healthy and harvestable” levels.
Okanogan PUD Lets License for 9-MW Enloe Re-Electrification Lapse
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FERC on July 10 issued a “Notice of Probable Termination” for Okanogan County PUD’s Enloe hydroelectric license, after the utility failed to start construction needed to to electrify Enloe Dam by a July 9, 2019, deadline. The notice starts a 30-day countdown, after which the license will be deemed terminated. At that point, jurisdiction over Enloe will revert to the Washington Department of Ecology’s dam safety division, which oversaw dam safety issues there prior to the FERC license.
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