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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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[January 9, 2018 / No. 8]

Oroville Forensic Team: Several Physical and Human Factors Led to Incident

A long-term systemic failure of the California Department of Water Resources, regulatory and general industry practices to identify and address a number of physical and geologic weaknesses are to blame for last February’s failure of two spillways at the Oroville Dam, according to a new report from the independent forensic team tasked with determining the incident’s root cause.

FERC Issues Preliminary Permit for Arizona Pumped Storage Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 28 issued a preliminary permit for the Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage Project, but various organizations are concerned that construction and operation of the project might accelerate regional groundwater depletion as well as adversely affect the economies, ecologies, and local indigenous cultures dependent on the area’s rivers.

Developers Resurrect Pumped Hydro Storage in Goldendale, Washington

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December accepted a new preliminary permit application for a closed-loop pumped-hydro storage project in Washington, keeping alive the possibility of large-scale pumped storage in the region. A consortium with Pacific Northwest ties is developing the Goldendale Energy Storage Project, located eight miles southeast of Goldendale, Washington. The $2 billion project would have an installed capacity of 1,200 MW.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • FERC Restored to Five-Member Panel
  • U.S. House Continues to Press Hydropower Legislation
  • IPUC Staff Join, Support Settlement on Hells Canyon Relicensing Costs

       ...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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