Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

Senate panel endorses nomination of Honorable to FERC

12/12/2014

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Dec. 11 to endorse the nomination of Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC upholds Admiralty Inlet tidal project; developer might resume

12/09/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected challenges to the pilot hydrokinetic license of the 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Pilot tidal project and said licensee Snohomish County Public Utility District does not intend to surrender the license.

Senate panel questions FERC nominee Honorable

12/05/2014

Senators from both sides of the aisle expressed support of Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable Dec. 4 in a confirmation hearing on her nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC relicenses expanded Vermont project, receives filing for eight-dam New York project

11/25/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed in October an expanded three-dam hydro project in Vermont and accepted a license application for a project to be built at eight dams on the New York canal system.

FERC approves power system physical security reliability standard

11/20/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued new rules approving, with modifications, a power system physical security reliability standard submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Perspectives: STEM -- Just Another Hydro Acronym?

11/19/2014

In the hydroelectric industry, we love acronyms … FERC, O&M, R&D, NMFS, OSHA … and the list goes on.

FERC staff endorses hydro project relicensings in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Maine

11/13/2014

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued environmental assessments endorsing the relicensing of the 451.8-MW Kinzua Pumped-Storage project in Pennsylvania, the 260-MW Salina Pumped-Storage project in Oklahoma and two water storage projects in Maine.

FERC licenses three small hydropower projects totaling 4.69 MW

11/04/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed three small hydropower projects in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania totaling 4.69 MW in September.

FERC revokes license for failure to build fish passage at 687-kW East Juliette hydro project

10/30/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has revoked the hydropower license of the 687-kW East Juliette hydroelectric project due to the licensee's failure over 12 years to construct required fish passage at the Georgia project.

FERC approves formula for BPA curtailment of wind generation in favor of excess hydro

10/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a cost allocation method by which transmission operator Bonneville Power Administration may fund the costs of reimbursing wind power projects whose generation is curtailed to make room on the grid for free excess federal hydropower resulting from high river flows in the Columbia River Basin.

FERC orders renew plans for pumped storage in California, Ohio

10/16/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled in two pumped-storage project cases, allowing one preliminary permit holder to refile to study a California project, and issuing a new permit for another project in Ohio.

NMFS Central Valley salmon recovery plan includes 76 FERC hydro projects

10/10/2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service has filed an endangered salmon and steelhead recovery plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that could affect 76 FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects in California's Central Valley watershed.

FERC relicenses Texas-Louisiana hydro project, OKs expansion and exemption of Oregon projects

10/01/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed a Texas-Louisiana hydropower project, authorized expansion of an Oregon project and approved an Oregon conduit exemption during August.

FERC conforms its regulations to Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

09/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has amended its regulations on preliminary permits, exemptions and conduit projects to comply with provisions of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.

Report: FERC nominee's confirmation hearing on hold due to spouse's death

09/15/2014

A Senate confirmation hearing is on hold due to the death of the husband of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee Colette Honorable, political news website Politico reported.

FERC issues relicense for 82.3-MW Toledo Bend hydro project

09/09/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has relicensed the Toledo Bend hydroelectric project on the Sabine River including a new 1.3-MW minimum flow unit for total installed capacity of 82.3 MW.

Obama nominates Arkansas regulator Honorable to FERC

09/02/2014

President Obama has nominated Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to succeed Commissioner John Norris who announced his resignation Aug. 7.

Duke files to relicense 876.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydro project

08/28/2014

Duke Energy filed an application Aug. 27 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to relicense its 867.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydroelectric project in South Carolina and North Carolina.

FERC accepts license surrender by first U.S. wave power project, 1.5-MW Reedsport

08/27/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted the surrender of the hydropower license of the proposed 1.5-MW Reedsport OPT Wave Park, the first commercial-scale wave power project to be licensed by the commission.

FERC seeks dam safety geotechnical engineering consultant

08/21/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks proposals from small businesses to serve as geotechnical engineering consultant to FERC's Division of Dam Safety and Inspections.

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