Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

Kelly declines nomination to FERC

09/22/2009

Declining President Obama’s nomination, New Mexico Democrat Suedeen Kelly has decided not to seek a new term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC approves transfer of five Maine projects to investment firm

09/21/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved transfer of five Maine hydroelectric projects from PPL Corp. affiliate PPL Maine to Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC.

New York City files notice to license four-plant hydro development

09/09/2009

New York City has filed a notice of intent to apply for a hydropower license for the 29.75-MW West of Hudson hydroelectric project, apparently disregarding a U.S. senator’s plea to include a local electric cooperative in development of the project on four New York City water supply reservoirs.

U.S. appeals court overturns FERC relicense of 49.8-MW School Street

09/03/2009

A federal appeals court has overturned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's relicensing of the 49.8-MW School Street hydroelectric project and ordered the panel to reconsider whether it should have entertained a rival proposal for a 100-MW Cohoes Falls project on the Mohawk River in upstate New York.

FERC issues final EIS backing relicense of 724.74-MW Catawba-Wateree

08/10/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a final environmental impact statement endorsing the relicensing of Duke Energy’s 724.74-MW Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project with additional mitigation proposed by FERC staff.

Brookfield seeks low-impact recertification for New York projects

07/22/2009

Brookfield Renewable Power has applied for recertification of five New York hydroelectric projects totaling 187.2 MW as "low-impact" hydropower.

Court: FERC can deny late intervention by environmental groups

07/20/2009

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not act arbitrarily in denying late intervention by environmental groups opposing a plan to reduce flow releases from California’s Pyramid Dam in order to protect an endangered toad.

FERC adopts policy to speed smart grid development

07/20/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has adopted a Smart Grid Policy Statement setting priorities for development of standards it says are crucial to a reliable and "smart grid."

Senator urges New York to advance four-plant hydro development

07/15/2009

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is urging New York City to speed up talks with Delaware County Electric Cooperative to develop 29.75 MW of hydroelectric capacity on four of the city’s water supply reservoirs in Upstate New York.

U.S. tax credit sought for improved 140.4-MW Comerford

07/10/2009

Hydropower operator TransCanada is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to certify efficiency improvements at its 140.4-MW Comerford hydroelectric plant in New Hampshire as eligible for renewable energy production tax credits.

FERC conferences explore grid system challenges

07/01/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it will convene technical conferences in September to explore emerging challenges to the nation’s transmission system and to examine transmission planning processes.

Corps allots U.S. stimulus funds for rehab at Monongahela 4

06/30/2009

The Corps of Engineers’ Pittsburgh District has allotted $17.4 million in economic stimulus money for critical rehabilitation work at Monongahela Lock and Dam 4 at Charleroi, Pa.

FERC awards New York three years to study four-plant hydro project

06/26/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted New York City three years in which to study the feasibility of adding 29.75 MW of hydroelectric capacity to four of the city’s water supply reservoirs in Upstate New York.

FERC relicenses 137.65-MW Spokane River project

06/22/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has relicensed the 137.65 MW Spokane River project, including five hydroelectric developments on the Spokane River in Washington and Idaho.

Utility cites Baker River salmon collector for record fish run

06/22/2009

Puget Sound Energy reports its $52.5 million floating surface collector captured 470,000 young salmon by mid-June for transport around the 170.03-MW Baker River hydroelectric project for migration to the sea.

FERC EIS recommends relicensing 117.3-MW South Feather hydro

06/16/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 117.3-MW South Feather hydroelectric project with staff recommendations that would cost the licensee an additional $1.2 million.

Obama names Iowa Democrat John R. Norris to FERC

06/11/2009

President Obama nominated Iowa Democrat John R. Norris to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 11, 2009, to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of former Chairman Joseph Kelliher, a Republican.

Registration deadline nears for Waterpower XVI technical tours

06/09/2009

The registration deadline is June 22 for the remaining technical tours being offered in conjunction with the Waterpower XVI conference, July 27-30, 2009, in Spokane, Wash.

Northwest governors back BPA call for pumped storage study

06/08/2009

The governors of four Pacific Northwest states have urged Energy Secretary Steven Chu to approve requests by Bonneville Power Administration for funding to study pumped-storage hydropower sites to support intermittent renewable resources.

U.S., state of Washington coordinate hydrokinetic project review

06/05/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the state of Washington have signed a memorandum of understanding to coordinate procedures and schedules for reviewing hydrokinetic energy projects in state waters of Washington.


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