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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.

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.

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