Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

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.

FERC rejects challenge to 401 conditions for 210-MW Yadkin

10/23/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a challenge by Alcoa Power Generating to North Carolina’s water quality certification for Alcoa's 210-MW Yadkin hydroelectric project.

FERC declares reliability jurisdiction over federal hydro operators

10/19/2009

In a challenge to its authority by the Corps of Engineers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission declared Oct. 15, 2009, that, in cases of transmission grid reliability, it has jurisdiction over the Corps and other federal agencies that operate hydroelectric projects.

Senate panel endorses John Norris nomination to FERC

10/14/2009

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has endorsed President Obama's nomination of Iowa Democrat John R. Norris to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC dam safety program to use risk-informed decision making

10/08/2009

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a five-year strategic plan containing goals including use of risk-informed decision making in its dam safety program.

North Carolina governor continues bid to take over 210-MW Yadkin

10/05/2009

Lawyers for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue have filed a motion urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject Alcoa Power Generating's relicense application for the 210-MW Yadkin hydroelectric project.

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

09/28/2009

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

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.

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