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.
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[March 13, 2018 / No. 9]
Hydro One Takeover of Avista Meeting Opposition at State Level
Hydro One’s proposed $5.3 billion acquisition of Northwest energy firm Avista Corp. has made headway since it was announced last July, with Avista shareholders approving the deal in November and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission blessing the deal in January. But the transaction is being contested at the state level, most notably in Alaska, where a groundswell of opposition has arisen, and in Oregon, where Oregon Public Utilities Commission staff testified in February against moving ahead with the deal.
PG&E to Sell Narrows Project as It Continues Shedding Small Hydro Units
Pacific Gas & Electric is continuing efforts to divest several smaller hydropower projects as the utility responds to changes in the electric sector, including more competitively priced renewable power, declining load and higher costs. PG&E is negotiating with Yuba County Water Agency for the sale and transfer of the utility’s Narrows Hydroelectric Project, and also exploring sales of its Potter Valley, DeSabla-Centerville and Lime Saddle-Coal Canyon facilities.
NWHA Conference Addresses Energy Markets, Safety, Hydro Operations
Dam safety, dealing with the impacts of climate change, and addressing complex and fast-moving energy markets were among the topics panelists focused on at the Northwest Hydroelectric Association’s 2018 Annual Conference. Responding to and navigating the morphing regulatory and legal landscape for hydropower were top of mind for conferees during the meeting, held in Portland Feb. 21-Feb. 23.
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