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Oversupply Litigation Milestone: FERC Approves BPA Oversupply Management Protocol

At its monthly meeting last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approved the Bonneville Power Administration’s “Oversupply Management Protocol,” marking a major litigation milestone in Bonneville’s controversial efforts to address those periods when the combined output of federal dams and wind generation in the Pacific Northwest exceeds electric demand in the region and in areas where power can be exported.

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U.S. Appeals Court Concludes FERC Lacks Authority to Fine Federal Entities for Reliability Violations

In a ruling that could have far-reaching implications for the electric reliability here in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today found that the Federal Power Act does not authorize the Southwest Power Administration (“SWPA”) to pay fines for admitted violations of mandatory electric reliability standards.

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New Era of Hydropower Regulation? Corps of Engineers Agrees to Seek NPDES Permits for Hydro Equipment

On August 4, in response to a series of lawsuits brought by the environmental advocacy group Columbia Riverkeeper, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to regulatory measures aimed at preventing oil leaks from eight dams on the Columbia/Snake River system.

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Please Join Us for LSI’s Columbia River Treaty Conference

Please join us for Law Seminar International’s Columbia River Treaty Conference, which will be held here in Seattle on September 22 & 23, 2014. The conference is …

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Nearly Nine Years Later, Congress Finally Funds Incentives for Power Production on Existing Dams

When Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 nearly nine years ago, it included a provision, Section 242, authorizing incentives to retrofit non-powered dams, canals, and …

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U.S. Senate Confirms Norman Bay and Cheryl LeFleur as FERC Commissioners

The United States Senate today confirmed President Obama’s nominations of Cheryl A. LeFleur and Norman Bay to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Commissioner LeFleur has …

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“September 16: Pivot Point for the Columbia River Treaty and the Future of the Columbia River Basin”: Eric Christensen Publishes Article in “The Water Report”

We’re proud to announce that GTH partner Eric Christensen has published an article in the July 2014 issue of The Water Report, one of the most respected …

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EPA Proposes Limits on Carbon Dioxide From Power Plants: What It Means for the Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week issued is long-anticipated proposal to limit carbon dioxide from power plants, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan.” Predictably, both industry groups …

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