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Newhouse Bill Extending Deadline for Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project Passes House of Representatives

July 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives unanimously approved his bill, H.R. 2828, to provide for a “commencement of construction” deadline extension for the Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project that is being developed in Washington State by the Okanogan Public Utility District:

“The proposed Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project makes economic and environmental sense, as it will convert currently untapped energy in existing flow releases into clean, renewable energy,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Completion of the project will provide Washingtonians and the Pacific Northwest region with a clean, renewable energy resource that generates an estimated 45,000 megawatt hours per year of carbon-free, renewable power. Approval of this legislation will allow for the electrification of this critical hydropower facility to move forward under a realistic regulatory timeline and in a manner consistent with prior congressional actions on similar projects. By passing this measure and extending the commencement of construction deadline for the Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project, Congress can help spur hydropower development in Central Washington and ensure the project’s many benefits are realized.”

Background:

On July 9, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted the Okanogan Public Utility District an original license for the Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project, which will electrify the existing Enloe Dam that is situated about 3.5 miles northwest of the City of Oroville in the State of Washington. The current Enloe Dam was constructed in 1920 on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land for power generation. However, operations ceased in 1958 when the extension of Bonneville Power Administration’s high voltage transmission line into the Okanogan Valley provided a less expensive source of electricity. The Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project will have a smaller footprint than the decommissioned facility but will provide approximately three times the generating capacity.