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Talks to modernize Columbia River Treaty to start on Tuesday

May. 22, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Members of Congress from the Northwest are praising the decision to start negotiations next Tuesday over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia River. Democratic Sen. Maria...

Nearly 5,000 evacuated in Colombia after troubles at dam

May. 17, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly 5,000 people living along a river in northern Colombia have been evacuated from their homes following flooding at a nearby dam. Government officials said Thursday one worker was injured at a hydroelectric dam being constructed on the Cauca River, but is in stable condition....

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan agree to study filling of Nile dam

May. 16, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan announced Wednesday they have made progress in talks on what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. The foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia and Sudan's water resources minister said they will set up a scientific study group to consult on the...

Power-sucking Bitcoin 'mines' spark backlash

Apr. 24, 2018 4:34 AM EDT

Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York's northern border a couple of years ago to tap into some of the nation's cheapest hydroelectric power, offering an air of Silicon Valley sophistication to this often-snowy region....

Deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility's expenses

Apr. 18, 2018 6:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have approved an agreement allowing a utility company's $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission issued the order last Friday that allows Boise-based...

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

Apr. 15, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April...

Massachusetts ends deal with Northern Pass hydro project

Mar. 28, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — Massachusetts abandoned plans Wednesday to get its clean energy from a $1.6 billion hydropower project, dealing a blow to a proposal that has sparked controversy in New Hampshire over plans to deliver the power through nearly 200 miles of transmission lines across the state. The...

Idaho tribes want fish passage above Snake River dams

Mar. 28, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two southeastern Idaho tribes are seeking to intervene in a utility's attempt to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on Tuesday filed documents with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

The Latest: Massachusetts settles on Maine power project

Mar. 28, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — The Latest on the decision by Massachusetts to end plans to secure its clean energy from the Northern Pass hydropower project (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The company behind a Maine hydropower project says it's grateful that it has been chosen to provide clean energy to Massachusetts....