Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

Energy Projects Director Wright retires from FERC; Miles named director

01/22/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Jeff Wright, director of FERC's Office of Energy Projects, is retiring in February, to be succeeded by Deputy Director Ann Miles.

FERC receives permit application for seawater-powered Hawaii pumped-storage

01/21/2015

United Power Corp. has filed an application for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit to study development of the 30-MW South Maui Pumped-Storage project, which would use seawater from the Pacific Ocean to power the project on the south coast of Maui Island, Hawaii.

FERC assessments back licensing 6-MW Calligan Creek, 2.2-MW Pepperell hydro projects

01/16/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued environmental assessments endorsing the licensing of the 6-MW Calligan Creek hydroelectric project in Washington and the 2.207-MW Pepperell hydro project in Massachusetts.

FERC delays 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydro licensing due to Alaska spending freeze

01/12/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a request to delay licensing of the 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project due to a spending freeze on major state infrastructure projects by the governor of Alaska.

FERC reports expanded 16.9-MW Blue Lake hydro project begins service

01/05/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reported the expanded 16.9-MW Blue Lake hydroelectric project was placed in service in Alaska in November.

FERC EIS endorses relicensing Drum-Spaulding, Yuba-Bear hydro projects

12/29/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a final combined environmental impact statement that endorses dividing the Drum-Spaulding hydroelectric project into three projects totaling 191.5 MW and relicensing them plus the nearby Yuba-Bear hydro project of 90.72 MW. 

FERC refuses to extend PG&E permit to study up to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage

12/22/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a request by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to extend by two years the utility's second preliminary permit to study development of a 300- to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage project in California's Amador and Calaveras counties.

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.

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