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06/01/2010 Dan W. Pope, Jr. is general manager of the Tri-Dam Project in California. Pope replaces Steve Felte, who retired.

FERC relicenses historic 3.5-MW Ames hydro project

05/26/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has relicensed the 3.5-MW Ames hydroelectric project on Colorado's San Miguel River, granting the 119-year-old hydro plant another 40 years of operation.

U.S., California to coordinate hydrokinetic project review

05/19/2010

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

Abrams to direct FERC Division of Hydropower Administration, Compliance

05/12/2010

A veteran of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff, Edward Abrams, has been named director of FERC's Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance.

Senate committee endorses FERC nominees Moeller, LaFleur

05/07/2010

The Senate Energy Committee endorsed May 6 the nominations of Philip D. Moeller and Cheryl A. LaFleur to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC nominees testify before congressional panel

05/04/2010

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Philip D. Moeller and Cheryl A. LaFleur met with the Senate Energy Committee, one to talk about his first-term work with FERC and the other to introduce herself and her goals if she is confirmed to the commission.

FERC suspends guidelines for expanded civil penalties power

04/29/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has suspended its new civil penalty guidelines pending further public comment.

FERC again rejects challenge, relicenses 49.8-MW School Street

04/22/2010

Under orders from a federal appeals court, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reconsidered and again rejected a rival licensing proposal, instead reinstating the relicense of Erie Boulevard Hydropower L.P. for the 49.8-MW School Street hydroelectric project.

FERC authorizes operation of rebuilt 408-MW Taum Sauk

04/19/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized AmerenUE to resume normal project operations at the 408-MW Taum Sauk pumped-storage project whose upper reservoir collapsed in 2005 in eastern Missouri.

FERC offers Web tools for small hydro developers

04/16/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is making available a series of Web-based tools that will assist hydro developers and help make the small hydropower project licensing process more user-friendly.

FERC issues relicense to Alabama Power for 211.485-MW Warrior River

04/08/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a 30-year relicense to Alabama Power Co. for continued operation of the 211.485-MW Warrior River hydroelectric project in Alabama.

FERC issues guidelines for expanded civil penalties power

03/25/2010

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued new civil penalty guidelines outlining how it will wield new civil penalty authority granted to the agency by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

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.

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