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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 15, 2019 / No. 14]

Pacific Gas & Electric, Parent Plan to File for Bankruptcy; CEO Resigns

Pacific Gas & Electric and its parent company PG&E Corp. plan to file for bankruptcy at the end of January due to “extraordinary challenges relating to a series of catastrophic wildfires that occurred in Northern California in 2017 and 2018,” and a potential $30 billion liability.

All-Party Deal OKs 3-Year Flexible Spill Plan for Federal Dams in Northwest

An agreement on spring spill at eight federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers offers a three-year break in litigation, assurances that the Bonneville Power Administration’s total spill costs won’t exceed this year’s $238.6 million, and the chance to test scientific modeling that indicates juvenile salmon and steelhead would benefit from higher spill levels.

Settlement Brings Idaho Power Closer to Hells Canyon License

After a decade-long stalemate over water quality certification at Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Complex, a major logjam in the company’s quest for a new 50-year license from FERC was broken in an agreement the utility reached Dec. 14 with the states of Oregon and Idaho. In exchange for $20 million from the utility to fund habitat, hatchery and water quality research and projects, Oregon will drop its requirement for fish passage above the complex.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • FERC Implementing Hydro Licensing Reforms
  • Salamanders May Be Big Trouble for Shasta Expansion Plan
  • FERC Issues Final EIS for Yuba River Development Project

       ...And Much More!

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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).

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