Hydropower

Bringing the fight against dams to COP26
Bringing the fight against dams to COP26
Indigenous activists and allies from Oregon to Chile are highlighting how dams harm the climate and Indigenous peoples worldwide.
Climate change wreaks havoc on the electricity grid
Climate change wreaks havoc on the electricity grid
Heat and drought combined are especially harmful to the power system.
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam
The tribe is pushing to protect their way of life.
Lake Mead watch: As levels fall, hydropower dips
Lake Mead watch: As levels fall, hydropower dips
Why Southwest utilities are starting to sweat.
A rural utility bucks against its power supplier
A rural utility bucks against its power supplier
In a coal-producing region, this western Colorado co-op fights for renewables.
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
But the bill stirs up longstanding criticism of basic tribal sovereignty.
The great salmon compromise
The great salmon compromise
The Columbia Basin Fish Accords have funded $1 billion worth of habitat restoration projects, but can they replace free-flowing rivers?
To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.
Dam breaching gets a surprise endorsement
A longtime consultant to the hydropower industry, biologist Don Chapman, shook the Northwest this summer when he declared that four dams on the Lower Snake River should be breached to save the salmon
For salmon, a crucial moment of decision
A judge has thrown out the Bush administration’s salmon protection plan, setting the stage for dramatic changes to the federal hydropower system
Montanans may take back their dams
In Montana, Initiative 145 would undo the deregulation of power in the state, allowing citizens to take back control of hydroelectric dams.
Transforming powers
The Bonneville Power Administration has long provided the Northwest -- especially its aluminum industry -- with some of the cheapest public power, but drought, endangered salmon and the deregulated electricity market may just change all that.
Figuring out FERC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the little-known agency that handles hydroelectric project licensing.
BPA: Making amends for a destructive past
The Bonneville Power Administration was born in the Great Depression and now sells the power from 29 federal dams.
Changing times force agency to swim upstream
The Bonneville Power Administration faces environmental and utility critics as it struggles to survive.
Bare land at Bear Lake
Utah Power & Light wants to dredge at drought-plagued Bear Lake.
Five star visitor complex
Bureau of Reclamation builds a "Disneyland" Hoover Dam visitor center; cost will up power prices for area customers.
Salt caves not licked yet
Wild and scenic designation on the Klamath River may stop an Oregon hydroelectric project.
Down but not out
The AB Lateral hydropower project on Colorado's Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers is vetoed.
How BPA is ruining the Northwest
The writer challenges the Bonneville Power Administration's "more' and "bigger" goals.
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