Latest Hydroelectric power News

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

In this Jan. 14, 2020, photo, Rita Alton stands next to her house on the edge of a cliff overlooking Lake Michigan near Manistee, Mich. When her father built the 1,000-square-foot, brick bungalow in the early 1950s, more than acre of land lay between it and the drop-off overlooking the water. But erosion has accelerated dramatically as the lake approaches its highest levels in recorded history, hurling powerful waves into the mostly clay bluff. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

High water wreaks havoc on Great Lakes, swamping communities

Feb. 7, 2020 10:14 AM EST

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — Rita Alton has an unusual morning routine these days: Wake up. Get dressed. Go outside to see if her house is closer to tumbling down an 80-foot (24.4-meter) cliff into Lake Michigan. When her father built the 1,000-square-foot (93-square-meter), brick bungalow in the early 1950s...

2nd nuclear reactor being studied for eastern Washington

Feb. 2, 2020 10:02 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Energy Northwest is considering whether there is a need and regional interest for adding a small modular nuclear reactor system near the Tri-Cities. Energy Northwest already operates the only commercial nuclear power reactor in the Northwest, Columbia Generating Station near...

Study looks at benefits and liabilities of Snake River dams

Dec. 20, 2019 1:32 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River in Washington state bring both benefits and liabilities to the region, and there is no clear consensus in the state on whether the giant structures should be removed or retained, a new report said. The state Legislature last spring...

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam stands in the Xingu River in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. With the start of full-scale operations three weeks ago, debate over its legacy, and whether its construction was worth local sacrifice, is coming into focus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil’s Amazon mega-dam: broken promises for distant power

Dec. 18, 2019 8:48 AM EST

ALTAMIRA, Brazil (AP) — Edizangela Alves Barros believed that being forced to relocate to make way for a mammoth dam in Brazil’s Amazon would mean a brighter future for her family. Instead, their newly built settlement has more expensive electricity bills and intermittent public lighting -- a cruel...