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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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[November 13, 2018 / No. 13]

Trump Signs Bill Expediting Hydro Licensing, Extending Deadlines

President Donald Trump signed a water-projects authorization bill into law on Oct. 23, with provisions expediting hydropower licensing, including language crediting utilities for upgrades at nonfederal dams during relicensing, and extending deadlines for preliminary licenses and start of construction. The new law also directs measures speeding up issuing and amending licenses for closed-loop pumped-storage projects, with the aim of deciding on a license no later than two years after a a complete application is received.

1.3 GW Pumped Storage Project Asks for Extension, Cites New Water Law

The developer of the $2.5 billion, 1.3 GW Eagle Mountain pumped storage project proposed near the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for more time to start construction after its only extension lapsed in June. Eagle Crest Energy says a federal law passed in October allows up to six more years to start, as it deals with permitting issues. Among the issues it had to sort out were a court order nullifying a land swap, and conservation restrictions on federal land.

CAISO Hashing Out EIM Rule Changes Aimed at Hydro Resources

The California Independent System Operator and market participants are hashing out a new set of rules for the Western Energy Imbalance Market to address market-mitigation procedures causing hydro resources to sell energy at prices below their marginal costs, as well as other issues. EIM participant Powerex says it’s particularly impacted by these issues.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • PG&E to Sell Narrows Project to Yuba County Water Agency
  • Grant PUD Resumes Normal Operations at Priest Rapids
  • Hydro Largest Renewables Source in 19 U.S. States

       ...And Much More!

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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).

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