Job Transitions

Bethany M. Owen, current president of ALLETE, has been elected chief executive officer of ALLETE, succeeding Alan R. Hodnik. To support an orderly transition, Hodnik will serve as executive chairman of the ALLETE Board of Directors and will be involved with Owen, the board and executive leadership until his retirement from the company and the board in May 2021....
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued preliminary permits to two companies considering the development of pumped-storage projects: Freedom Works LLC and Owyhee Energy Storage LLC. Freedom Works proposes to study the feasibility of the 4,000-MW Ulysses Pump Storage Hydro Project in Grant County, West Virginia. The proposed project would consist of a new upper...
Dam Safety

The California State Auditor included aging water infrastructure among its recently released “The California State Auditor’s Updated Assessment of High-Risk Issues Faced by the State and Select State Agencies.” In the report, the auditor said, “Inadequately maintained dams or those not meeting standards, especially those whose failure could affect large populations, pose significant risks to...
Environmental

Staff with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for relicensing of the 84.8-MW Bucks Creek Hydropower Project (No. 619). Pacific Gas and Electric Company and City of Santa Clara, California are co-applicants for the project. The co-applicants filed an application on Dec.12, 2016 (supplemented on May 22, 2018)...
FERC News

Bernard McNamee, who has been part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission since he was nominated by President Trump and confirmed in late 2018, apparently is stepping down from FERC, according to reports. McNamee said he wanted to spend more time with his family, according to reports of the meeting at LAW360. LAW360 and other...