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    • 02/20/2012 -- FERC issues four licenses, one exemption in January
      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued four hydropower licenses totaling 19.072 MW and one exemption of 300 kW in January, including the pilot license for a hydrokinetic project.
    • 02/27/2012 -- FERC schedules technical conference on reactive power
      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a technical conference on the need for generators to provide reactive power capability to the electricity transmission grid.
    • 02/27/2012 -- U.S. Supreme Court unanimously opposes Montana state decision
      The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a Montana state Supreme Court decision that would have required energy provider PPL Montana to pay US$41 million in back rent for the use of riverbeds under portions of three Montana rivers.
    • 02/28/2012 -- BPA prepares hydro oversupply plan to compensate wind curtailment
      Bonneville Power Administration is preparing to file a plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that will compensate wind power generators when BPA orders them to cease generation to make room on the grid for free excess federal hydropower resulting from high river flows in the Pacific Northwest.
    • 03/02/2012 -- FERC relicenses 43.2-MW Nantahala, last of six Duke relicenses
      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has relicensed the 43.2-MW Nantahala hydroelectric project, the last of six Duke Energy projects in North Carolina to be relicensed under terms of comprehensive settlement agreements.
    • 03/05/2012 -- FERC approves plans for new 300-KW ocean power plant
      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved plans for a 300-KW tidal energy project near Maine's Cobscook Bay, according to members of the state's congressional delegation.
    • 03/06/2012 -- FERC begins EIS scoping for 600-MW Susitna-Watana
      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has initiated a scoping process to develop an environmental impact statement for Alaska Energy Authority's proposed 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project on Alaska's upper Susitna River.
    • 03/07/2012 -- New bill could remove NEPA compliance from some small hydro projects
      The U.S. House will vote today on a bill that would give developers of small hydroelectric projects that use Bureau of Reclamation canals and ditches the ability to bypass current environmental reviews.
    • 03/09/2012 -- House passes conduit hydropower bill
      The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that could remove environmental compliance qualifications from some small conduit hydropower projects
    • 03/12/2012 -- FERC orders hydrokinetic project to complete units or delete from license
      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered operators of the nation's first hydrokinetic project, 4.47-MW Mississippi Lock and Dam No. 2, to submit a plan to resume hydrokinetic generation at the site or to seek a license amendment deleting the hydrokinetic units from the project license.

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