Latest Hydroelectric power News

Hydro-Quebec halts work on its part of hydropower corridor

Jan. 26, 2022 16:06 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With construction halted on a 145-mile (233-kilometer) power line in Maine, a Canadian partner on the project is following suit and temporarily halting construction on the other side of the border. Hydro-Quebec advised a regulatory agency in Canada that it...

Energy entities eye clean-energy strategy for western states

Jan. 20, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two electric utilities and a federal energy agency with millions of customers in eight western states have reached a tentative agreement centered on a new energy transmission line connecting their power grids. Idaho Power, PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power...

Majority of US states pursue nuclear power for emission cuts

Jan. 18, 2022 17:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on. Nuclear power is emerging as an answer...

Scientists see silver lining in fed's efforts at Lake Powell

Jan. 15, 2022 08:02 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that it plans to adjust management protocols for the Colorado River in early 2022 to reduce monthly releases from Lake Powell in an effort to keep the reservoir from dropping farther below 2021′s historic lows. ...

Idaho Power cuts coal by 2028 in plan to state regulators

Jan. 04, 2022 17:54 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power has submitted a 20-year plan to state regulators that phases out coal-fired power plants by 2028 as part of its effort to provide only clean energy by 2045, the company said Tuesday. Idaho Power in a news release said its 2021 Integrated Resource...

Biologists discover rare mussels in St. Croix River

Dec. 29, 2021 12:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Biologists discovered a cluster of rare mussels that could be more than 100 years old in the upper St. Croix River this past summer. Wisconsin Public Radio reported Wednesday that biologists from the University of Minnesota, the Wisconsin Department of Natural...

Judge won’t intervene to let power line construction resume

Dec. 16, 2021 15:09 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state judge on Thursday denied a bid to resume construction on a $1 billion hydropower transmission line in western Maine, rejecting a preliminary injunction sought by utility companies. The developer of the New England Clean Energy Connect contended that...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 08, 2021 14:49 PM EST

Jamestown Post-Journal. December 3, 2021. Editorial: State’s Green Energy Goals Come Home To Roost In Your BPU Bills The cost of New York’s clean energy program continues to go up for Board of Public Utilities users – though the state is doing its best to make...

Berea is first college in U.S. to finish hydropower project

Dec. 04, 2021 10:43 AM EST

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — There are a lot of firsts at a new hydroelectric generating station on the Kentucky River in Estill County. It’s the first hydroelectric project in the nation completed by a college, for example. Berea College owns the project...

Environmental groups ask Maine to suspend energy project

Nov. 30, 2021 16:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental groups have requested that the federal government suspend the permits it issued to a billion-dollar electricity project for Massachusetts residents, which Maine voters rejected in a referendum last month. Three groups, including...