Latest Hydroelectric power News

Judge declines to remove referendum from November ballot

Jun. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge declined Monday to remove a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission project from the November ballot, ruling that constitutional questions can be addressed later if the referendum is enacted. Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren said in his ruling that the lawsuit...

Southern half of New Hampshire in moderate drought

Jun. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The southern half of New Hampshire is experiencing moderate drought conditions, prompting the state Department of Environmental Services to tell people with private wells to start conserving water. “Due to COVID-19, people are at home more often, which means a higher than usual...

Lawyers ask judge to remove referendum from November ballot

Jun. 24, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorneys who contend a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission project is unconstitutional asked a Superior Court judge on Wednesday to remove the question from the November ballot. The lawsuit contends the Maine Constitution links referendums to legislative acts, not...

Correction: Hydropower Transmission Corridor story

Jun. 11, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — In a story June 10, 2020, about an environmental group challenging a state agency’s approval of a hydropower transmission project, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a staff attorney for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The attorney’s name is Sue Ely, not...

NY saw little progress toward renewable energy goals in 2019

Jun. 10, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York made little progress last year toward its goal of boosting renewable energy production, the state’s bulk electricity grid operator said in a report Wednesday. Wind and solar projects under development, however, along with a push for new transmission projects, could help...

Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land

May. 26, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than surface water to make electricity. Pumped Hydro Storage LLC recently applied for a preliminary permit for a project adjacent...

Ethics panel wants to look at anti-corridor group's donors

May. 23, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group that opposes a hydropower transmission corridor in western Maine must disclose financial information so the ethics commission can continue investigating whether campaign finance laws were broken. The ethics commission unanimously ordered the disclosures Friday following a...

This photo shows a view of a dam on Wixom Lake in Edenville, Mich., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Michigan dam had repeated safety violations before flooding

May. 20, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A hydroelectric dam that failed to hold back floodwaters this week in Michigan was the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators, who revoked the facility's license over safety violations two years before the flooding that forced 10,000 people to evacuate their...

Utility company sues over constitutionality of referendum

May. 13, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

The parent company of Central Maine Power is suing over the constitutionality of a referendum aimed at overturning decisions by three state agencies that approved a utility transmission line in western Maine. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Superior Court, contends the Maine Constitution links referendums to...

Dam operators must now make water temp control plan

May. 13, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology in an historic move has required federal operators of eight dams on in the Columbia-Snake rivers to create a plan to keep the waters cold enough for adult salmon survival. Conservation groups said the “game-changing decision”...