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Obama signs hydroelectric power bills; H.R. 267 and 678 now federal law, 09Aug2013

Both the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act were signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier today.

B.C.’s financial honeymoon ends with Columbia River Treaty anniversary

Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2013

VICTORIA — As newly appointed cabinet minister for BC Hydro, Bill Bennett inherited the provincial share of an emerging challenge in Canada-U.S. relations.

Private hydro plants fall short on monitoring

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2013

Only seven of B.C's 22 projects documented everything required, says federal fisheries report

Deep Cove father takes on Kiewit after son’s death

Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News, May 23 2013

On a rainy February afternoon in 2009, Sam Fitzpatrick was crushed to death when a boulder more than 1.5 metres in diameter tumbled downhill through his worksite near Toba Inlet, B.C., striking his head as he drilled rock.

Court rules hydro project can proceed without environmental assessment

Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, May 17 2013

Vancouver — The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that a hydro-electric development in northeastern B.C. should be allowed to proceed without an environmental assessment.

B.C. power producers have high number of compliance issues

Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, May 2 2013

Internal government documents show a startling number of compliance issues with British Columbia’s independent power producers and say the province does not have the staff to monitor the projects.

The Rise of Independent Power Producers, Explained

Colleen Kimmett,, April 30 2013

They split the enviro vote in 2009, but can they still spark trouble across the province?

Alberta aboriginals oppose B.C. Hydro's Site C dam project; say needs more study

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal, March 3, 2013

EDMONTON - Alberta aboriginals are lining up against an energy project deemed crucial to the B.C. economy.

BC issues investigative licences for waterpower projects

Laura Walz, Powell River Peak, January 30, 2013

Alterra receives 20 for Bute Inlet and five for Toba Inlet

BC’s government has issued over two dozen investigative licences to Alterra Power Corporation for waterpower projects.

Run-of-river sector in regulatory disarray, documents suggest

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 23, 2013

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations lists 749 non-compliance incidents from 16 hydro projects in 2010

Alterra Power and Fiera Axium Infrastructure Announce Partnership in Toba Montrose and Dokie 1 Facilities

News Release, Alterra & Fiera Axium, December 12 2012

VANCOUVER - Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY) and Fiera Axium Infrastructure are pleased to announce that they are now partners at the 235 MW Toba Montrose run-of-river hydro facility and the 144 MW Dokie 1 wind farm in British Columbia, effective December 7. A consortium of Canadian investors led by Fiera Axium purchased GE Energy Financial Services' partnership interests, and now owns a 60% interest in Toba Montrose and a 49% interest in Dokie 1. Alterra's ownership interests in these facilities are unchanged at 40% and 51% respectively.

Rockslide damages power project

Laura Walz, Powell River Peak, December 19, 2012

Montrose plant may be offline until spring

A large rockslide has damaged the 88-megawatt Montrose hydroelectric facility in the Toba Valley.

Dunderdale gives Muskrat Falls the go-ahead

CBC News, December 17, 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale has given the green light to the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Government gets down to details of Muskrat Falls

James McLeod, The Telegram, December 18, 2012

The morning after Premier Kathy Dunderdale formally sanctioned the Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity project, government officials are now getting down to the details. In a series of technical briefings to reporters and politicians, the government laid out the details of legal agreements and the fine print of the deal to develop Muskrat Falls.

Manitoba Tories say Hydro projects should only be built for domestic demand

Canadian Press, December 13, 2012

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Opposition leader says new hydro projects should be delayed and built for domestic needs, not exports.

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says a delay is neededto examine how low energy prices in the United States will affect the viability of new hydro dams in northern Manitoba.

A wolf lurks at edge of IPP ‘green’ projects

Gwen Barlee, Vancouver Sun, September 17, 2012

When I was growing up my mother used to warn me to look out for a wolf in sheep’s clothing. What she meant was to be cautious about people and situations that are not what they seem. This idiom aptly applies to the issue of independent power projects (IPPs) in British Columbia.

Critics launch court action, release e-mail scathing B.C.’s environmental assessment process

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012

B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.

Historic water levels put pressure on Hydro

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2012

Heavy rains, higher-than-normal snowpack has increased stress on dams across the province

Melting snow and record rains have forced BC Hydro dam managers into an unprecedented balancing act this summer: spill water to keep dams at safe levels, but not so much that communities are flooded.

Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project – Environmental Assessment Terminated

News Release, CEAA, June 22 2012

The Minister of the Environment has terminated the environmental assessment of the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project in south western British Columbia.

First Nations group defends power project

Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 13, 2012

A group of North Island First Nations is defending a contentious run-of-river power project, saying the NDP's opposition to the project is misinformed.

Liberals break their word, set to revive Klinaklini power project

News Release, BC NDP, June 7, 2012

CAMPBELL RIVER – After stating clearly that the boundaries of the Great Bear Rainforest would not be changed to allow a massive independent power project to move ahead, the B.C. Liberals have broken their word and passed legislation that does just that, say New Democrats.

Bill 49 - Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2012 - Hansard - Second Reading

Hansard, May 30 2012

Debate in the Legislature on the second reading of Bill 49 focussed on the removal of a section of the Dzawadi–Upper Klinaklini River conservancy to accommodate the design plans for the Klinaklini Hydroelectric Project. Rob Fleming, Michael Sather, and Claire Trevena led the debate and were quite informative.

EcoLogo plans to get tougher on run-of-river projects

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun May 17, 2012

A standards review of the more than 30 certified operations should be done later this year, but critics say too many fry are dying

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