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PacifiCorp seeks parallel deals for dam renewal, related issues
PacifiCorp announced Monday a proposal to
establish a separate process for dealing with
contentious issues being raised as it seeks a
50-year renewal of its permit to operate dams in
the Klamath River Basin.
PacifiCorp submitted its 7,000-page license
application last February for the system of dams
that generate a total of 151 megawatts of power.
As part of the FERC relicensing process,
PacifiCorp has held hundreds of meetings with
representatives of federal, state and local
governments, Native American tribes, environmental
groups and others since January 2000.
"This thing is far from
over," said Jon Coney, PacifiCorp spokesman.
FERC's licensing process
is not flexible enough when stakeholders have
diverging beliefs about future outcomes for
hydroelectric projects, according to a company
press release distributed Monday.
Company officials said it
is common for government agencies and other
stakeholders to negotiate and offer FERC a
multi-party settlement agreement, and then for
FERC to adopt the terms of that agreement in the
"PacifiCorp has not prejudged the future of the project, and all options continue to be on the table," said Judi Johansen, PacifiCorp president and CEO in a press release.
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