Stories tagged: hydropower
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
Paul Lindholdt: Free-flowing rivers are essential to our region’s health
Federal judges and regional governors – not to mention every conservation group in the nation – regard the lower Snake River dams as the worst of the worst. They remain …
Sat., Jan. 27, 2018
Kris Johnson: Washington’s dams balance clean energy needs, fish protections
The Lower Snake River dams are meeting our region’s needs for power, balancing them with fish protections.
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Josh Mills: Bill would rubber-stamp salmon failure
H.R. 3144 would effectively overturn the court ruling and rubber-stamp the government’s previous inadequate and illegal plan.
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017
John Francisco: Legislation protects salmon and hydrosystem
Inland Power supports our legislators in their effort to save the dams and protect our natural, renewable and affordable energy source.
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, 6:39 p.m.
Idaho utility seeks to negate Oregon fish passage law
Federal authorities should negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and …
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper predicts Spokane will be center of the great electrified railroad system
From our archive, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle was dreaming of a new, powerful future for Spokane as the center of a great electrified railroad system.
Tue., Sept. 6, 2016, 5 a.m.
Nine Mile upgrade part of Avista’s plan to keep dams humming
Avista just spent $77 million on new generating units for Nine Mile Dam. Big capital projects are driving the utility’s request for higher rates next year, Avista officials said.
Sun., May 8, 2016
About 30 builders buried in landslide in southeast China
A landslide in southeast China on Sunday buried about 30 workers at the construction site of a hydropower project, an official said.
Thu., Nov. 5, 2015, 8:41 a.m.
Electricity project gets boost from Chinese company
Plans for a proposed $2.5 billion reservoir system to generate power south of Goldendale have found an unlikely partner: a Chinese hydropower company.
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015
B.C. residents push for more-stable reservoir levels as Columbia River Treaty is renegotiated
NAKUSP, British Columba – Crystal and Janet Spicer grew up in a white-frame farmhouse on 60 fertile acres along the Columbia River in Canada. Their father was a local legend …
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015
Residents say Columbia’s dams have affected area families, economy
On a crisp day in March, Charlie Maxfield walked the along the mudflats south of Nakusp, remembering places that were flooded when the reservoir behind Hugh Keenleyside Dam filled. Maxfield’s …
Fri., Feb. 6, 2015
State Senate GOP seeks to change clean energy rules
OLYMPIA – Republican legislators want to change the state law that says rivers and streams are not a renewable energy source. A Senate bill would allow electric utilities to spend …
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
B.C. official calls for Columbia River Treaty accounting
In the 1960s and 1970s, three huge dams were built in British Columbia to hold back the flow of the Columbia River. The entire Northwest still benefits from their construction. …
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Avista to fix Post Falls Dam’s south channel
The 108-year-old Post Falls Dam is undergoing renovations that will allow Avista utilities to respond faster to changing flows in the Spokane River. As part of the work, the original …
Thu., Aug. 7, 2014
Sale boosts Avista gains
Avista Corp.’s sale of its energy management subsidiary helped push the utility’s second-quarter earnings past the $100 million mark, officials said Wednesday. Avista reported earnings of $100.9 million, or $1.67 …
Tue., April 15, 2014
Drawdown of Columbia River reservoir creates problems, opportunities
VANTAGE, Wash. – Mud, lots of mud, with a river flowing through it. Anja Reynolds gaped at an unfamiliar Columbia last week as her husband, Dave, and their three kids …
Thu., April 10, 2014
Possible causes of Wanapum Dam crack narrowed
Pressure from the water behind Wanapum Dam may have contributed to the big crack that has disrupted operations at the structure, the Grant County Public Utility District said Wednesday. The …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2014, 2:49 p.m.
Crack discovered in Wanapum Dam at Vantage
BEVERLY, Wash. — Divers for the Grant County PUD have discovered a crack in one of Wanapum Dam’s concrete spillgate supports. The dam continues to generate electricity as a probe …
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014, 9:01 a.m.
Crack found in Wanapum Dam on Columbia River
EPHRATA, Wash. — The Grant County Public Utility District has decided to draw down the water level behind the Wanapum Dam after divers found a crack in a spillway pillar.
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas
Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …
Tue., Nov. 5, 2013
Avista strikes deal to acquire electric utility in Alaska
Avista Corp. is moving into the Alaska market through the planned purchase of an electric utility serving the Juneau area. In a deal announced Monday, Avista will acquire Alaska Electric …
Sun., Aug. 25, 2013
Avista, Inland Power’s results differ with new energy standards
Wind turbines spinning on the Palouse are the final piece of Avista Utilities’ strategy to meet Washington’s new renewable energy standards. Energy from the 58-turbine Palouse Wind farm, which started …
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013, 6:54 a.m.
Morning Review: Wheat, cow poop and the ultimate comeback kid
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Fri., Aug. 16, 2013
Bill eases regulations on hydropower projects
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says hydropower is back, and Congress seems to agree with her. Federal legislation sponsored by the Spokane Republican that would speed the licensing process for some …
Fri., July 13, 2012
Proposal streamlines retrofitting of nongenerating dams
WASHINGTON – The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. …
Thu., July 12, 2012, 2:09 p.m.
Congress eyes old dams as new power sources
The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. The Hydropower …
Thu., July 5, 2012
Dam treaty to be revisited
Nearly 50 years ago, Canada and the United States shook hands over a groundbreaking accord that altered life in the Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty turned the 1,200-mile-long river and …
Tue., April 17, 2012
Bonneville Power looks back at 75 years
The Bonneville Power Administration turns 75 this year. It’s an influential though little-known agency that markets power from 31 federal hydropower dams on the Columbia-Snake River system.
Wed., Jan. 11, 2012
Hydropower keeps Idaho emissions low
Idaho residents have relatively small carbon footprints because most of their electricity comes from hydropower, a new study says. Idaho’s rivers generate 80 percent of the electricity used in the …
Wed., July 7, 2010, 12:25 p.m.
Ground broken for BMW parts plant at Moses Lake
Gov. Chris Gregoire and other officials broke ground today on a carbon fiber plant at Moses Lake that will make parts for a BMW electric car.