Latest Hydroelectric power generation News

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Coal plant on tribal land to close after powering US West

Nov. 3, 2019 3:21 AM EST

ALONG THE BLACK MESA AND LAKE POWELL RAILROAD, Ariz. (AP) — Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll...

Strong rainfall allows Ketchikan to return to hydropower

Oct. 29, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A return to more normal rainfall will save money for Ketchikan's electric utility and its customers. The Ketchikan Daily News reports strong rainfall has solidified hydropower use and will allow Ketchikan Public Utilities to cut loose two leased diesel generators by the end of the...

One of Europe's last untamed rivers is threatened by dams

Oct. 22, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

ALONG THE VJOSA RIVER (AP) — Under a broad plane tree near Albania's border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River's many springs. "There is nothing else better than the river," the retired schoolteacher says. "The Vjosa gives beauty to our village." The Vjosa is...

Rep. Golden requests hearing on CMP power line

Oct. 17, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public hearing on Central Maine Power Co.'s planned transmission line at the request of U.S. Rep. Jared Golden. The Democrat says there is a lack of transparency and an opportunity for public input. The proposed line would transmit Quebec...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes are calling for the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The Lummi Nation and the Yakama Nation said Monday that the U.S. government violated a treaty from 1855 when it built the concrete dams on the lower Columbia River. The...

Proposals would dam Little Colorado River for hydropower

Oct. 8, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile journey. Few people wander in the remote region where it crosses the Navajo Nation, aside from river rafters traveling through...

2 agencies to consider change to CMP transmission line plan

Oct. 4, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two state agencies have agreed to consider a proposed change to a 145-mile transmission line project in Maine to avoid a remote pond. Central Maine Power proposed the amended route after the Land Use Planning Commission deadlocked over concerns about the pond near the Canadian...

Alabama Power reducing water releases amid drought

Sep. 29, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power says it's reducing water releases from its hydroelectric dams because of a drought affecting the state. The move is intended to prevent lakes from shrinking too much. But a statement from the utility says that without rain, water levels will still likely fall below...