Hydropower http://nwpr.org en Report Says Climate Change Is Likely To Reduce Hydropower In The Northwest http://nwpr.org/post/report-says-climate-change-likely-reduce-hydropower-northwest <p>If the Northwest continues to operate dams as it does now, the region could be left with 20 percent less hydropower by 2080.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 01:07:07 +0000 Cassandra Profita 45572 at http://nwpr.org Report Says Climate Change Is Likely To Reduce Hydropower In The Northwest U.S. Side Calls For Columbia River Treaty To Be 'Modernized' http://nwpr.org/post/us-side-calls-columbia-river-treaty-be-modernized <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/121313TB_RiverTreaty_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The American negotiating position became clearer Friday in what promises to be difficult bargaining to update a water treaty with Canada.<p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:28:33 +0000 Tom Banse 38700 at http://nwpr.org U.S. Side Calls For Columbia River Treaty To Be 'Modernized' Canada Defends Hydropower 'Entitlement' From U.S. Northwest http://nwpr.org/post/canada-defends-hydropower-entitlement-us-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/070313TB_Canadian_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Here's a little known fact that may affect your power bill: Every year, public utilities in the Northwest give British Columbia several hundred million dollars worth of electricity. That's to compensate Canada for managing the upper Columbia River to minimize flooding and maximize hydropower downstream.<p>Americans are pushing for a better deal, but the B.C. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 23:09:58 +0000 Tom Banse 30391 at http://nwpr.org Canada Defends Hydropower 'Entitlement' From U.S. Northwest Hydropower Bills Open Gates Of Bipartisanship In Congress http://nwpr.org/post/hydropower-bills-open-gates-bipartisanship-congress-1 <p>An effort to streamline the regulatory process for small hydropower dams is generating a rare moment of bipartisanship in Congress. Two bills sailed through a Senate committee Wednesday. They've already passed the House. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:48:34 +0000 Jessica Robinson 27233 at http://nwpr.org Hydropower Bills Open Gates Of Bipartisanship In Congress Wright To Retire From BPA http://nwpr.org/post/wright-retire-bpa <p>The Bonneville Power Administration&rsquo;s long-serving chief is stepping down. Steve Wright was the acting BPA administrator in 2000, when the western U.S. was struggling with an energy crisis. He served as permanent head for a decade and now says he&rsquo;s retiring in January. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:55:17 +0000 Rob Manning 10289 at http://nwpr.org Wright To Retire From BPA Energy Developers Eye New Grid-Stabilizing Hydro Projects http://nwpr.org/post/energy-developers-eye-new-grid-stabilizing-hydro-projects If you thought the great dam building era of the Northwest was long over, you might be mistaken. But we're not talking about damming rivers here. This is about building long earthen dams to make new off-stream hydropower reservoirs. They're being designed to act as giant batteries and shock absorbers for the electric grid. Correspondent Tom Banse explains. <p> Here's an odd thought that relates to keeping your lights burning steady and bright. Someday a small portion of your electricity bill could go toward pumping water in a loop. Lots of water. Tue, 01 May 2012 12:59:45 +0000 Tom Banse 7544 at http://nwpr.org Energy Developers Eye New Grid-Stabilizing Hydro Projects Sun Setting On Sunset Falls? http://nwpr.org/post/sun-setting-sunset-falls <p>SKYKOMISH RIVER, Wash. -- The Skykomish is one of the only major rivers in Washington that has not been dammed for hydropower. The river runs from the Cascade Mountains and empties into Northern Puget Sound. It&rsquo;s a hot spot for wildlife and outdoor recreation. It could also be a hotspot for hydropower. Ashley Ahearn reports. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:43:13 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 3174 at http://nwpr.org Sun Setting On Sunset Falls?