By, Northwest Part of Energy Department $10 Million Funding for Full-Scale Wave Energy Device Testing
The Energy Department, in coordination with the Navy, today announced funding for two companies that will continue to advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technology as a viable source for America’s clean energy future. Ocean Energy USA and Northwest Energy Innovations will test their innovative wave energy conversion (WEC) devices for one year in new deep water test berths at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) off the waters of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Read more
By Energy Department Making Hydropower More Eco-Friendly
Hydropower has long provided a flexible, low-cost, and renewable source of power for the United States—since the 1800s, in fact. Even today, in fact, hydropower accounted for roughly half of the nation’s renewable-generated electricity in 2013. The Energy Department, in collaboration with the national laboratories and industry, is working to advance hydropower technologies by making them more efficient and environmental friendly Read more
By Mark Freeman
The federal government has pulled the plug on a utility company’s more than decade-long effort to build a hydropower generation system at Applegate Dam, saying the company’s work window has expired.
The license holder, AG Hydro, failed to begin construction of the 10-megawatt generator at the Southern Oregon dam by the December 2013 deadline, despite receiving a two-year extension on its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license granted in 2009. Read more
By Becky Kramer
White sturgeon in the Kootenai River can live for decades and grow to lengths of 8 feet.
The bottom-dwelling fish share the river’s rocky depths with burbot, a pugnacious, freshwater cod.
On Thursday, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho dedicated a $15 million hatchery with the goal of restoring the two iconic fish species, whose populations have plummeted since the construction of Libby Dam during the 1970s. Read more
By Becky Kramer
On a fall afternoon, the Clark Fork Delta is a place of astonishing beauty.
Yellow-green grasses glow against the denim-blue of the Clark Fork River as it empties into Lake Pend Oreille. Each detour down the braided river channels reveals a surprise: an eagle’s nest, a pair of redheaded ducks, a golden stand of cottonwoods.
In a kayak and in hip waders, Katherine Cousins has explored this fertile meeting place of land and water. Amid the striking scenery, she sees an ecosystem in peril. Read more
Pend Oreille PUD Newsletter
Andritz Hydro, the contractor for the turbine/generator upgrade lowered the fourth and final turbine runner into the turbine pit on September 15th. Upgrade of this final turbine/generator unit is scheduled for completion in December.
Each of the three previously completed units is performing above production expectations. Box Canyon’s generation capacity will increase from 76 to 90 megawatts when all four new units are operating.
In addition to the turbine/generator upgrades, the entire protection system including relays, governors, breakers, and control systems, was modernized to meet federal requirements and make the hydro plant robust and able to last another 50 years.