Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

Duke appeals denial of CWA 401 certification for 724.74-MW Catawba-Wateree


Hydro operator Duke Energy has appealed the state of South Carolina’s denial of Clean Water Act certification for the relicensing of Duke’s 724.74-MW Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Kelly declines nomination to FERC


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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