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Marine Hydrokinetics

09/26/2014

News related to the marine hydrokinetics industry in North America for September 2014

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.

FERC licenses 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage as part of California hydro project

08/20/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized construction of the 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage development as part of relicensing the 637.3-MW Upper American River hydroelectric project in California.

FERC draft EIS backs relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects

08/13/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Seven New York hydro plants offered in bankruptcy sale

08/08/2014

Seven hydroelectric plants in upstate New York, totaling 9.706 MW, are to be sold at auction in a bankruptcy sale of Trafalgar Power Inc. and Christine Falls of New York Inc.

FERC OKs two-year licensing pilot project for Kentucky hydro project

08/06/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a pilot project to test a two-year hydropower licensing process for non-powered existing dams and closed-loop pumped-storage projects.

FERC 1,300-MW licensing in June is year's largest capacity increase

07/31/2014

The licensing of a single hydro project in June, the 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project, is the largest capacity increase approved so far this year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC proposes power system physical security reliability standard

07/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would approve, with modifications, a power system physical security reliability standard submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

FERC draft environmental assessment backs licensing 50-MW R.C. Byrd hydro project

07/22/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental assessment recommending the licensing of the 50-MW Robert C. Byrd hydroelectric project at a Corps of Engineers dam on the Ohio River.

FERC reaffirms geographic limits on municipal preference

07/09/2014

Faced with challenges from major public power organizations, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has upheld its ruling establishing geographic limits on the granting of municipal preference in the issuance of preliminary permits to study developing hydroelectric projects.

FERC relicenses 336-MW Cabin Creek Pumped-Storage, issues two more licenses in May

07/02/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed the 336-MW Cabin Creek Pumped-Storage project, issued original licenses for small projects in New York and Idaho, and received applications for two more projects in Alaska and Oregon during May.

Unintentional state waiver lets FERC pre-empt state Coastal Zone rules

06/26/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a declaratory order that FERC hydropower licensing under the Federal Power Act pre-empts state regulation under the Coastal Zone Management Act in an instance in which the state of Washington unintentionally waived its CZMA permit authority.

FERC licenses 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project

06/25/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an original license to the 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project, proposed for an inactive iron mine in Riverside County, Calif.

Oregon wave testing center files FERC license notice, scoping documents

06/12/2014

Oregon State University's Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has filed a notice of intent to license and environmental scoping documents for the nation's first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site.


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