The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certified efficiency improvements for the 29.08-MW Piney project on June 2, making the resulting additional capacity eligible for a renewable energy production tax credit.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks public comment by June 24 on a consultant panel report on the Dec. 14, 2005, breach of the 408-MW Taum Sauk pumped-storage project.
In its first certification of incremental hydroelectric generation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified PacifiCorp's 161.338-MW Klamath project as eligible for a renewable energy production tax credit.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected an application by the city of Augusta, Ky., to restart the preliminary permit process for a hydro project at Meldahl Locks and Dam on the Ohio River. The U.S. regulator ruled it is in the public interest to give competitors an opportunity to develop the long-delayed project.
The Senate Energy Committee plans to conduct a hearing June 8 to consider the president's nominations of Philip Moeller of Washington State and Jon Wellinghoff of Nevada to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission vacancies.
Parties to the federal hydro licensing process told a Senate committee May 8 that they already are beginning to see benefits from hydropower provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld state Clean Water Act certification in hydropower licensing cases, saying certification is essential to preserve state authority to address a broad range of pollution. The May 15 decision affirms a Maine court ruling that hydroelectric projects owned by S.D. Warren Co. must be certified by the state under CWA Section 401.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted surrender of the license for 3.2-MW Milltown Dam, effective April 10. Clark Fork and Blackfoot LLC was the licensee of the project, located at a Superfund hazardous waste site on the Clark Fork River in Missoula County, Montana.
Commissioner Suedeen Kelly addressed the National Hydropower Association annual conference April 4, saying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is ready to expedite requests for certification of incremental hydropower production in the United States.
U.S. senators have introduced a bill to extend the deadlines for incremental hydropower and other renewable energy sources to qualify for production tax credits and for Clean Renewable Energy Bonds.