Latest Hydroelectric power News

Relicensing for Idaho Power's Hells Canyon Project advancing

Jun. 27, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho public utility’s nearly two-decade effort to renew its license for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon Border is moving forward with federal regulators announcing plans to update an environmental study. The Federal...

As Po dries up, Italy's food and energy supplies are at risk

Jun. 17, 2022 04:46 AM EDT

BORETTO, Italy (AP) — Water is so low in large stretches of Italy's largest river that local residents are walking through the middle of the expanse of sand and shipwrecks are resurfacing. Authorities fear that if it doesn't rain soon, there'll be a serious shortage of water for...

Biologists try to save ancient fish as Colorado River fades

Jun. 14, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Barrett Friesen steers a motorboat toward the shore of Lake Powell, with the Glen Canyon Dam towering overhead. Pale “bathtub rings” line the canyon’s rocky face, starkly illustrating how water levels have slumped in the second-largest U.S. reservoir amid rising demand...

Albania enlists Patagonia to make wild Vjosa River a park

Jun. 13, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian officials on Monday declared the Vjosa River and its tributaries a future national park, a move aimed at preserving what they called one of the last wild rivers in Europe. The Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment signed an agreement with the...

Replacing benefits of Snake River dams would cost billions

Jun. 09, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a new report released Thursday. But it would be expensive. ...

Staff proposal would retain permit for $1B transmission line

May. 16, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposed Maine Board of Environmental Protection order would let stand a permit issued for a $1 billion electric transmission corridor to serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower. The draft order was written by environmental agency staff ahead of a...

$1B hydropower project's fate rests with Maine supreme court

May. 10, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proponents in Maine of a stalled $1 billion energy corridor that sought to bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid asked the state’s high court to breathe new life into the project Tuesday. Attorneys for developers argued that a...

California prepares for energy shortfalls in hot, dry summer

May. 06, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California likely will have an energy shortfall equivalent to what it takes to power about 1.3 million homes when use is at its peak during the hot and dry summer months, state officials said Friday. Threats from drought, extreme heat and wildfires, plus...

US to hold back Lake Powell water to protect hydropower

May. 03, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. officials announced what they called extraordinary steps on Tuesday to keep hundreds of billions of gallons of water stored in a reservoir on the Utah-Arizona line to prevent it from shrinking more amid prolonged drought and climate change. The U.S....

Maine dam owner to make changes to try to save salmon

May. 02, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of hydroelectric dams in Maine said Monday it's going to make changes to some of its operations to try to help save the final remaining wild Atlantic salmon in the United States. The country's last wild populations of the fish are found in a few...