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Water Power West

Water Power West is the premier independent news journal of hydroelectricity and other water-powered energy resources in Western North America.

Published since 2004 as Relicensing Review and under its new name since late 2016, Water Power West covers a broad and expanding range of topics: policies, regulation, legislation, hydro relicensing, new and proposed developments, legal proceedings, emerging technologies, weather and climate conditions, and more.

With new issues every other month, Water Power West highlights meaningful developments relevant to water-powered energy around the region. The newsletter is targeted for readers with a professional interest in power generation from moving water, and is written and edited by a team of skilled, experienced energy journalists.

Water Power West will keep you well-informed on key regional news and information about what remains a major source of U.S. renewable energy. While the era of big, new Western dams is largely gone, hydro remains an important energy resource throughout the West, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Latest WPW News

[May 9, 2017 / No. 4]

FERC Assesses Two-Year Pilot Licensing Process, Plans Report to Congress

FERC in May 2016 issued a license to Rye Development for its 5-MW Kentucky Lock and Dam 11 Hydroelectric Project in Kentucky. This was the only project FERC selected for a pilot program to test the agency’s two-year hydropower-licensing process. FERC is now evaluating outcomes from the project, including what went well, what didn’t, and what the agency can do to improve the process going forward.

Legislation Could Open BuRec Facilities to Non-Federal Pumped Storage

Legislation seeking to amend the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 would authorize pumped-storage hydropower development by non-federal organizations seeking to use more than one Bureau of Reclamation reservoir.

Companies Eye PG&E’s DeSabla Hydro Project; More Information Requested

Five entities have expressed interest in possibly acquiring the DeSabla-Centerville hydroelectric project from Pacific Gas & Electric, including a nearby irrigation district, local hydro developers and two out-of-state developers.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • San Diego Seeks Detailed Proposals For Pumped Storage at San Vicente
  • FERC Cancels Preliminary Permit For Applegate River Project
  • Lawmakers Seek GAO Review of FERC’s Dam Safety Programs

       ...And Much More!

Water Power West is available as part of Energy NewsData's Dispatch package-subscription service. Several other subscription options are also available, as are trial samples.

Please contact Client Services Manager John Malinowski for inquiries on subscriptions or trial samples:; 206-285-4848 x. 203.

For more information on Water Power West, including editorial content and other non-subscription matters, please contact Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Mark Ohrenschall (; 206-285-4848 x 204) or Editor Mavis Scanlon (; (415) 963-4439 x 12).

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