Tag Archive: FERC

Juvenile salmon get helicopter parenting

Utility uses tagged fish to check migration systems’ efficiency Christine Pratt Wenatchee World WENATCHEE – See any helicopters dipping baskets into the Columbia River below Rock Island Dam lately? It’s not what you may be thinking. The Grant County Public Utility … Read on 

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Swan Lake pumped-storage plant alive

By: Lacey Jarrell Herald and News A hydroelectric project that could generate enough electricity to power 600,000 homes is still on track for completion in 2020. The facility is slated for construction at the 5,200-acre Jespersen-Edgewood Ranch in Swan Lake … Read on 

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Wind, hydro operations create balancing act for regulators

By Becky Kramer Spokesman Review One of the conundrums of wind energy is that the wind doesn’t blow constantly. In the Northwest, most wind farms operate at about 30 percent capacity, which means backup electrical generation is needed. The Northwest’s … Read on 

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As waters ebb, wind farms return to full output

By Tim Fought, Associated Press The Columbian PORTLAND — A big spring rise in the Columbia River basin has finally washed out to sea, meaning that turbines in the region’s wind farms are back at full output. While the basin … Read on 

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