Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

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.

FERC certifies Wisconsin, Pennsylvania projects for tax credits

11/23/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental generation at the 11.6-MW Dells hydroelectric project in Wisconsin and the 29.08-MW Piney project in Pennsylvania for renewable energy production tax credits.

Developer challenges California 401 denial to 500-MW Lake Elsinore

11/13/2009

Developer Nevada Hydro Co. has advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission it is appealing the state of California's denial of Clean Water Act certification to the 500-MW Lake Elsinore pumped-storage project and a related transmission project.

Hydropower auction yields $64 million

11/12/2009

Grant Public Utility District said it raised more than $64 million from its fifth annual power auction held Nov. 5, 2009.

FERC approves revival of 125-MW Holtwood Expansion

11/06/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request by PPL Corp. to revive the 125-MW Holtwood Expansion hydroelectric project on Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River.

U.S. developer to file license application for 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain

10/30/2009

Eagle Crest Energy Co. announced Oct. 27, 2009, it has prepared an application for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the proposed 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project in Riverside County, Calif.

PPL Montana begins upgrade of Rainbow plant

10/29/2009

Construction of a new powerhouse is underway at the Rainbow hydroelectric plant on the Missouri River, about six miles northeast of here.

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