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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.

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[May 8, 2018 / No. 10]

Economic Hurdles for Small Hydro Facing Relicensing

Hundreds of small hydropower plants have licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that expire between now and 2030. They face long and costly relicensing processes, and in order to obtain new licenses, operators may have to spend significant capital to conduct environmental studies, upgrade facilities and implement potential mitigation for project impacts, in addition to spending on plants’ performance goals. In today’s market environment, some operators with large hydro portfolios are weighing the economic viability of their fleets. Pacific Gas & Electric has been shedding hydro assets over the past year and just announced two more sales.

Diversity Reigns in Kickoff Forums for CRT Negotiations

Tribal inclusion. Canadian entitlements. Ecosystem-based function. Those were just a few of the phrases on the lips of panelists, citizens and interest-group representatives speaking at a conference and a town hall meeting in Spokane on April 24 and 25, respectively, on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty. .

NHA Paper on Pumped Storage Hydropower Recommends a Number of Policy Changes

While pumped storage hydropower has attributes that can help grid reliability and renewables integration, the technology is facing challenges including the regulatory timeline for new project development and financing of projects. A new white paper from the National Hydropower Association lays out the benefits of pumped storage hydropower as well as the multiple issues facing PSH developers. The paper, released April 24, makes a number of market and regulatory policy recommendations the trade group says could address challenges.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • DWR Completes Perris Dam Retrofits
  • San Francisco Declares Hetch Hetchy Day
  • DOE Calls for More Analysis of Relicensing Trends

       ...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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