Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

FERC upholds lottery for simultaneous hydropower permit applications

03/19/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a challenge to its unprecedented use of a drawing to pick from among three preliminary permit applications that were filed simultaneously under FERC's electronic filing policy.

Obama names LaFleur, reappoints Moeller to FERC

03/11/2010

President Obama has nominated utility executive Cheryl A. LaFleur and renominated Commissioner Philip D. Moeller to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC certifies Maine, Michigan hydro projects for production tax credits

03/08/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental generation at hydroelectric projects in Maine and Michigan for renewable energy production tax credits.

Ohio town surrenders license for 49.5-MW Pike Island hydro

03/01/2010

Licensee Orrville, Ohio, has surrendered its 20-year-old license for the 49.5-MW Pike Island project, finding it not feasible to build the hydroelectric plant at a navigation dam on the Ohio River.

FERC staff recommends relicensing 960.9-MW Coosa River

02/22/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has recommended a proposal to combine and relicense three Alabama Power Co. hydroelectric projects totaling 960.9 MW.

Law firm: Re-establish FERC authority over small hydro licensing

02/15/2010

A law firm experienced in hydropower licensing is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to re-establish itself as the final authority in small hydro licensing, either by agreement with resource agencies or by seeking legislation from Congress.

FERC budget seeks US$70.5 million for FY 2011 hydropower program

02/04/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has asked Congress to approve a fiscal year 2011 budget of $315.6 million including $70.5 million for its hydropower licensing and regulation program.

FERC investigates renewables integration into grid

01/26/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has launched a review of regulatory policies to ease barriers to integrating renewable energy sources, including hydropower, into the U.S. electricity transmission grid.

FERC certifies 456-MW Noxon Rapids for production tax credits

01/21/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental generation at the 456-MW Noxon Rapids hydroelectric development in Montana for renewable energy production tax credits.

Vermont lawmaker urges FERC to simplify small hydro licensing

01/12/2010

The chairman of the Vermont Senate's economic development committee has urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to simplify and reduce the costs of issuing licenses and exemptions to small hydroelectric projects.

FERC certifies 168.4-MW North Georgia project for tax credits

01/06/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental generation at the 168.4-MW North Georgia hydroelectric project in Georgia and South Carolina for renewable energy production tax credits.

Senate confirms John Norris nomination to FERC

01/04/2010

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama's nomination of Iowa Democrat John R. Norris to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC extends comment deadline on small hydro licensing process

12/30/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended the deadline for comments on its process for issuing licenses and exemptions to small hydroelectric projects.

FERC relicenses 636-MW Smith Mountain pumped-storage in Virginia

12/29/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a relicense to Appalachian Power Co., allowing the utility to continue operating the 636-MW Smith Mountain pumped-storage project for another 30 years on Virginia's Roanoke River.

Oregon dam to receive new hydro facility

12/23/2009

FERC has issued a license  to Symbiotics, LLC, to attach a 10-MW generating facility to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam on the Applegate River in Oregon.

NHA pleased with pumped storage hydro comments at senate committee meeting

12/16/2009

The National Hydropower association applauds officials for their input regarding pumped storage hydropower during a recent U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on grid-scale energy storage, the NHA said.

FERC to encourage storage technologies including hydro

12/16/2009

The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has pledged to help reduce barriers and ensure appropriate tariff treatment for increased development of electricity storage technologies including pumped-storage hydropower.

FERC declines to appeal order stalling 49.8-MW School Street relicense

12/10/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has declined to appeal a court order that overturned FERC relicensing of the 49.8-MW School Street hydroelectric project and ordered FERC to reconsider whether it should have entertained a rival proposal.

FERC urged to expedite small hydro licensing process

12/04/2009

Hydropower industry officials are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take several steps to simplify the process to obtain small hydropower licenses and exemptions.

Vermont, Idaho projects seek FERC certification for tax credits

11/30/2009

Operators in Vermont and Idaho have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to certify incremental generation at two hydroelectric projects to be eligible for renewable energy production tax credits.

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