Power Engineering Magazine
A bill that would significantly increase hydropower spending in the 2012 Fiscal Year has gained congressional and presidential approval.
The bill, which combines nine spending bills and has gained bipartisan support, provides US$59 million for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Water Power Research and Development Program. Of that, $25 million would be earmarked for marine and hydrokinetic research, development and demonstration; $25 million would go to conventional hydropower; and the remainder would be used to develop infrastructure projects. Read More
By Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) — Large utilities in Washington state will soon have to get at least part of their power from new renewable sources like wind and solar. But with a voter-mandated 2012 deadline looming, Gov. Chris Gregoire is weighing a package of changes that could expand the definition of what clean energy is. Read More
By Bill Sheets
The Daily Herald
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — This winter, a little more of the power flowing into Snohomish County homes will be locally grown.
The Snohomish County Public Utility District has officially opened its new mini-dam and powerhouse on Youngs Creek south of Sultan. Read More
By Scott Learn
DETROIT DAM – If you don’t like heights, this dam’s walkways are not for you, with winds that make you wobble and a 469-foot concrete-lined drop downriver.
Detroit, like the other dams wedged into Cascade streams of the east Willamette Basin, is more harrowing for salmon, including wild spring chinook on the edge of extinction. Read More