hydropower http://www.kplu.org en PUD Changes Course; No Dam for Skykomish River’s Sunset Falls http://www.kplu.org/post/pud-changes-course-no-dam-skykomish-river-s-sunset-falls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plans to put a dam on one of Washington’s most scenic rivers have been called off.</span></p><p>The Snohomish County Public Utilities District says it has a better plan for the area on the Skykomish River near Index. But o<span style="line-height: 1.5;">pponents of the project say it’s still too early to declare a victory.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Snohomish County PUD was planning an inflatable weir for the bend in the river near Sunset Falls, not far from Index. The utility said it had a design that would rise and fall with the river, making it safe for endangered fish runs and minimally disruptive to the scenic value of the area.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16056 at http://www.kplu.org PUD Changes Course; No Dam for Skykomish River’s Sunset Falls Feds OK Snohomish County PUD's Tidal Power Project In Admiralty Inlet http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-ok-snohomish-county-puds-tidal-power-project-admiralty-inlet <p>Federal regulators have given unanimous approval for an underwater energy project powered by the tides in Washington’s Admiralty Inlet.</p><p>Two turbines will take advantage of the fast-moving currents and daily tidal movements in the busy passage west of Whidbey Island, at a depth of about 200 feet.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15096 at http://www.kplu.org Feds OK Snohomish County PUD's Tidal Power Project In Admiralty Inlet Sunset Falls Dam Fight: Citizen Activists Accuse SnoPUD Of Waste, Secret Meeting http://www.kplu.org/post/sunset-falls-dam-fight-citizen-activists-accuse-snopud-waste-secret-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New accusations are fueling an ongoing controversy over a proposal to put a small inflatable dam on one of the Northwest’s scenic treasures. Opponents accuse the Snohomish County </span>PUD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of clouding the issue with confusing information and a secret meeting.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12990 at http://www.kplu.org Sunset Falls Dam Fight: Citizen Activists Accuse SnoPUD Of Waste, Secret Meeting Dam Dispute Surfaces in Salmon Policy http://www.kplu.org/post/dam-dispute-surfaces-salmon-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/protectedareas/home/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">road map for balancing environmental needs with the need to generate power</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from the Northwest's hydroelectric dams is being revised. And the move has some people worried it could open the door to destructive dam projects on Washington rivers.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:05:34 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10026 at http://www.kplu.org Dam Dispute Surfaces in Salmon Policy Proposed hydro-energy project has Index saying ‘no dam way’ http://www.kplu.org/post/proposed-hydro-energy-project-has-index-saying-no-dam-way <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a time when Washington state has been making headlines for the largest dam removal project ever on the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elwha</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River, Snohomish County is proposing a new one.</span></p><p>The Snohomish County Public Utility District says the proposed dam’s modern low-impact design would help the county diversify its energy portfolio and meet the future power demands of a growing population.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9099 at http://www.kplu.org Proposed hydro-energy project has Index saying ‘no dam way’ FERC hearing on proposed Skykomish River hydro project http://www.kplu.org/post/ferc-hearing-proposed-skykomish-river-hydro-project <p>Federal officials will be in Index this week to hear from the public about a controversial <a href="http://www.snopud.com/?p=1956" target="_blank">proposal for a new dam</a> on the Skykomish River.</p><p>Representatives from the <a href="http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/results.asp" target="_blank">Federal Energy Regulatory Commission</a> will tour the proposed dam site at Sunset Falls, and take public comments as part of the licensing process. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9021 at http://www.kplu.org FERC hearing on proposed Skykomish River hydro project Federal bill would smooth way for small dams, hydropower http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-bill-would-smooth-way-small-dams-hydropower <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big dams that block rivers and salmon runs are out of vogue. But new legislation could clear the way for more small ones.</span></p><p>The removal of Washington’s Elwha dam — the largest dam removal in U.S. history — marked the end of an era in which big dams were embraced.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:06:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7995 at http://www.kplu.org Federal bill would smooth way for small dams, hydropower Proposed dam puts Skykomish on list of ten most-endangered rivers http://www.kplu.org/post/proposed-dam-puts-skykomish-list-ten-most-endangered-rivers <p>It&rsquo;s designated as a State Scenic Waterway and recommended for federal protection. Yet the south fork of the Skykomish River has just been named one of the <a href="http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/jthomasblate-051512-announcing-americas-most-endangered-rivers-2012.html">ten most endangered rivers</a> in the country by the national environmental group, American Rivers.</p><p>It&rsquo;s because of a controversial <a href="http://www.snopud.com/powersupply/hydro/sunsetfalls.ashx?p=1956">proposal to build a new dam</a>.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 17:12:53 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5028 at http://www.kplu.org Proposed dam puts Skykomish on list of ten most-endangered rivers Grants awarded to improve hydropower generation in Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/grants-awarded-improve-hydropower-generation-wash <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; New projects in the Pacific Northwest may soon improve the efficiency and reduce costs of hydropower generation, thanks to a new round of federal spending announced today.</p><p>Two projects in Washington received grants to help improve hydropower generation.</p><p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 00:41:44 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2557 at http://www.kplu.org Turbines to shut down for good at doomed Elwha dams http://www.kplu.org/post/turbines-shut-down-good-doomed-elwha-dams <p>Nearly 100 years of hydropower production comes to a close today (Wednesday) on the Elwha River on Washington&#39;s Olympic Peninsula. The turbines at the two dams on the river are going off line for good in preparation for the biggest dam removal in North American history.</p><p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:30:20 +0000 Tom Banse 1757 at http://www.kplu.org Turbines to shut down for good at doomed Elwha dams More snowpack means more electricity this summer http://www.kplu.org/post/more-snowpack-means-more-electricity-summer <p>The Pacific Northwest has emerged from winter with an above average snowpack, and that&#39;s good news for the region&#39;s hydroelectric dams. <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/light/">Seattle City Light</a> Superintendent Jorge Carrasco&nbsp;says,&nbsp;&ldquo;The snowfall we have received in the mountains this winter was fantastic.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:20:30 +0000 Dave Meyer 1157 at http://www.kplu.org More snowpack means more electricity this summer