Hydropower

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Restoring old mill hydro sites and FERC licensure

Suppose you own an existing water powered mill complex whose hydromechanical facilities have not been operational for decades. You would like to develop a hydropower project at the site, using the existing dam, headrace, and...more

FERC requires licensure of Alaska hydropower project

What happens when federal hydropower regulators discover an unlicensed project subject to their jurisdiction? A recent case involving a dam at a remote Alaskan fish hatchery ended with an order requiring the project owner to...more

Massachusetts Updates Its Climate Song: I Can Get By With A Little Help From My (Canadian) Friends

Earlier this week, Massachusetts released its updated Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020. The headline for the press release was “Massachusetts on Track to Meet 25% Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target for...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - January 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s January 21, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on January 14, 2016. Agenda items E-9 and C-1 have not been summarized...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of electricity produced from qualifying renewable resources during a ten-year...more

Three Is Not a Crowd: A Tri-State Approach to Producing More Clean Energy

As part of a collective effort to address the problem of pollution from traditional sources of energy generation, such as coal- or oil-burning power plants, the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have...more

Mojave Water Agency conduit hydropower project qualifies

A California wholesale water provider has received a written determination from federal regulators that its proposed hydroelectric power project qualifies for easier regulatory treatment under federal law. The project...more

Renewable Energy Tax Credit Extensions

In a major victory for the renewable energy industry, Congress recently passed, and the President signed into law, two significant pieces of tax legislation, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act and the...more

FERC Proposes $2.4 Million Civil Penalty for CAISO Power Trading Activities

On December 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty (OSC) directing ETRACOM LLC and its principal member and trader, Michael...more

Section 242 hydroelectric incentive program funding

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Energy has funding for its Section 242 hydroelectric incentive program. The program, arising from Section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, provides incentive payments for...more

FERC hydro dam relicensing, timing and options

Under U.S. law, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has jurisdiction over most hydropower dams and projects. The Federal Power Act directs the Commission to issue licenses for hydropower projects for a defined term of...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - December 2015

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s December 17, 2015 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on December 10, 2015. Agenda item E-2 has not been summarized due to...more

FERC hydropower and successive preliminary permits

U.S. federal regulators can give a preliminary permit to the developer of a proposed hydropower projects -- but won't give out a successive permit unless the developer demonstrates it acted diligently under its prior...more

Merced River hydro relicensing Environmental Impact Statement released

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluating proposals to relicense two hydroelectric power projects located on the Merced River in...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Large-scale renewables account for more than 60% of new energy capacity in the U.S. - CleanTechnica - Oct 28: Recent figures reveal that utility-scale renewable energy projects accounted for more...more

Grid Vulnerabilities Report Highlights Regional Risk

Earlier this month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report presenting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report highlights...more

FERC Substantially Modifies Filing Requirements for Market-Based Rate Sellers and Clarifies Rules on Priority Rights Granted to...

On October 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued Order No. 816 that revises filing requirements for market-based rate (MBR) sellers of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya: On October 8th, The Washington Post provided an update on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) activities in Sirte, Libya. Since taking hold of Sirte earlier this year, ISIL...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - October 2015

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s October 15, 2015 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on October 8, 2015. Agenda Items E-6, E-7 and E-10 have not been...more

Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns

California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting water use. The brown lawns and dying trees are all too obvious and painful examples of the...more

Auction set for NJ offshore wind sites

The U.S. government has scheduled an auction for the rights to lease two areas of federal ocean space off New Jersey for offshore wind energy development. The auction, to be held November 9, 2015, will be the fifth...more

Riding Waves and Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind. For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in...more

Legislative Roundup on Energy from the New England States

On Thursday, September 10, The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) hosted its third annual Legislative Roundup. The event brought together clean energy advocates and technology developers from around the Northeast to...more

Perhaps Massive Purchases of Canadian Hydropower Would Not Be a Panacea

Governor Baker recently submitted Senate Bill No. 1965 to the Legislature. It calls for utilities to solicit long-term purchases of renewable energy. We are talking about as much as 1/3 of Massachusetts’ annual electricity...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate: We are half way through a busy September, and Congress will focus much of the rest of the month on a continuing resolution. Energy and climate issues will garner some attention in committee...more

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