FERC issues license for Hydropower Project in Washington State

Washington, D.C., Feb. 26, 2009 — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the issuance of a new license to Public Utility District No. 1 Chelan County, Washington, for the Rocky Reach Hydroelectric Project on the mid-Columbia River. The license ensures the continued operation of the project, which provides an annual net energy production in excess of 6 million megawatt-hours of electric energy to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

The license contains environmental mitigation measures to protect resources in the vicinity of the project, including plans to protect shoreline erosion, water quality, white sturgeon, bull trout, Pacific lamprey, historic properties and cultural resources. The license also provides for wildlife and recreation management plans. The environmental measures included in the license were determined after a complete review of all of the issues and public input.

“We conclude that the project’s power, low cost, displacement of nonrenewable fossil-fueled generation, and contributions to the region’s diversified generation mix will help meet a need for power in the region,” FERC said in its relicensing order.

Under the new license, the Rocky Reach Project has an installed capacity of 865.76 megawatts. The license includes provisions of a settlement agreement and is for a 43-year term. The original license for the project was issued in 1957 and expired on June 30, 2006. The project has been operating since then under an annual license.

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