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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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[July 9, 2019 / No. 17]

BPA Lays Out Case to the Region for Joining Western Energy Imbalance Market

The Bonneville Power Administration has taken the next step in deciding whether to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market, issuing a letter to the region describing the business case and legal authority for doing so. The agency estimates it would net $29 million to $34 million in annual dispatch benefit, against ongoing annual expenses of $6.9 million, which would allow for quick recovery of an estimated $30 million to $35 million in startup costs.

Bonneville Power Administration Flex Agreement’s Spring Spill Ends; Analysis Begins

Now that spring spill under the multiparty flexible spill agreement has ended, agencies are beginning to analyze whether it objectives were met. The agreement—which provided a break from ongoing litigation over fish issues—increased spill above 2018 spring spill levels at eight federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers for 16 hours when market prices for electricity are lower, and spilled below the 2018 levels for eight hours when prices are high.

Hells Canyon Complex Wins Long Sought Water Quality Certification

Idaho Power received water quality certifications from the states of Idaho and Oregon in its quest to relicense the Hells Canyon Complex, a step that the company is calling “a huge milestone” toward earning a new license to operate the three hydroelectric projects on the Snake River.

Also Recently Covered In Water Power West . . .

  • CPA Inks Deal for 12-MW Isabella Hydro Project
  • Judge Declines to Order Willamette Drawdowns, Spills
  • Ice Harbor Turbines Promise More Power, Juvenile Passage

       ...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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