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 21, 2019 / No. 16]
Oregon, Idaho Sign Deal on Hells Canyon Fish Passage
The governors of Oregon and Idaho have signed an agreement that both states are calling a “monumental step” in Idaho Power’s efforts to relicense the Hells Canyon Complex. The states had been at odds over whether to require fish passage at the dams as part of the water quality certification, which delayed the process for years. In the settlement, Oregon agreed not to require passage for now, but will revisit the question after 20 years.
Chelan PUD Hydro to Power Microsoft Corporate Offices
Chelan County Public Utility District in Washington will supply Microsoft with enough hydroelectricity to power the company’s Puget Sound-area corporate offices under an historic five-year contract announced April 12. Powerex will provide transmission services and real-time forecasting and scheduling to assist the PUD with the load-following contract. The deal marks a new chapter in corporate renewable-energy buying, which has been focused almost exclusively on wind and solar resources, making up the bulk of the 6.5 GW that the business segment acquired in 2018.
Pumped Storage Project Proposed for Oregon Wins 50-Year License
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a 50-year construction and operational license for the 393-MW Swan Lake closed-loop pumped storage project, planned for a site near Klamath Falls, Ore. The $716 million project, being developed by Rye Development and National Grid subsidiary GridAmerica, is slated to begin construction in 2019 and go into service by 2023, for an expected 45-year operational period. Annual generation is expected to be 1,187,000 MWh, or more than 134 aMW.
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