California isn’t Accounting for this Major Emitter

California isn’t Accounting for this Major Emitter

California Gov. Jerry Brown made international news when he vowed to fight President Donald Trump’s attempts to cut America’s climate change research and rescind the nation’s commitment to the Paris Agreement. Brown’s commitment to fighting climate change seems real, and under his leadership, his state has engaged in numerous greenhouse-gas reduction plans. But there are … Read more

109-year-old Potter Valley Project the Controversial Link Between Russian and Eel Rivers

109-year-old Potter Valley Project the Controversial Link Between Russian and Eel Rivers

About 80 feet behind the PG&E hydropower plant in Potter Valley, gray-green silt-laden water from the Eel River passes through a steel gate and is invisibly transformed. It has become part of the Russian River, which provides water for more than 600,000 people from Redwood Valley to northern Marin County. “Once it passes the gate, … Read more

Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee

Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee

March 15, 2017 The Honorable Fred Upton Chairman Energy and Commerce Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Bobby Rush Ranking Member Energy and Commerce Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515   Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Rush: We at Friends of the Eel River appreciate the opportunity to … Read more

Dams Remain in Line for Bulk of Funding Over Cheaper Alternatives

WASHINGTON — Despite the spectacular near failure of Oroville Dam, a linchpin of California’s vast plumbing system, Congress and the state remain focused on building new dams and repairing existing ones. But they are giving short shrift to cheaper, more environmentally benign alternatives for water storage. With more rain this week, the state’s water system … Read more

Study Finds Loss of Electric Generation from Glen Canyon Dam Would Have Negligible Impact on Western Grid

Study Finds Loss of Electric Generation from Glen Canyon Dam Would Have Negligible Impact on Western Grid

Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River has a total generating capacity of 1,320 megawatts, far exceeding the minuscule maximum capacity of the Potter Valley Project at 9.4 megawatts. Economic consulting firm Power Consulting recently published their study, The Impact of the Loss of Electric Generation at Glen Canyon Dam, in which they expose how unnecessary antiquated … Read more

Hydroelectric Power Officials Bemoan Federal Regulations

Hydroelectric Power Officials Bemoan Federal Regulations

WASHINGTON Federal burdens dampen California’s hydroelectric power potential, PG&E and Turlock Irrigation District officials told lawmakers Tuesday. They were preaching to the Capitol Hill choir. Summoned by House Republicans who hope to unleash more of what they called a “clean, renewable and domestic energy resource,” the two California utilities’ representatives described a regulatory thicket that … Read more

Solar Surges Past Wind, Hydro as California’s No. 1 Renewable Energy Source

Solar Surges Past Wind, Hydro as California’s No. 1 Renewable Energy Source

Data compiled from daily reports by the state’s major grid manager indicate that in 2015, solar became the No. 1 source of renewable energy in California. Not only did solar beat wind power for the first time, but it also topped drought-depleted hydropower, the long-standing leader in California electricity generation outside fossil fuels and nuclear.

Comments to Senate and House Committees on Energy re: 2015 Energy Bills

Along with a coalition of organizations connected through the Hydropower Reform Coalition we signed on to three different letters addressed to chairs of the Senate and House Committees on Energy and other representatives. The first two letters in July addressed our concerns about the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The third letters in November urged opposition … Read more

Oppose Bad Hydropower Legislation – Say No to H.R. 8

Oppose Bad Hydropower Legislation – Say No to H.R. 8

H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, includes an alarming amendment that would allow hydropower operators to bypass environmental laws like the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, and could limit the powers of states, tribes, and natural resource agencies.