From the Seattle Times: "TransCanada is looking to sell its New England power generation business, including hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River, as part of its effort to finance its $10 billion acquisition of Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group."
From the Valley News: "Federal regulators this week granted a preliminary permit to a Massachusetts-based company seeking to determine the feasibility of generating electricity from two dams on the Mascoma River."
From HydroWorld: "As power project owners the world over become more cognizant of legitimate concerns raised by a number of international organizations, the cost many hydropower project operators have faced in providing environmental improvements for waterways is a reduction in generating capacity. However, a new initiative from The Nature Conservancy seeks to show companies how system-scale approaches can lead to balanced outcomes between river health and energy generation."
From the New Hampshire Union Leader: "A $1.8 million plan to remove the 17th-century dam in the heart of Exeter’s historic downtown recently got a big boost when the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approved $610,960 of funding for the removal project through the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grant Program, which aims to create healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration."
From Eco RI News: "Dams and culverts exist in abundance across Massachusetts, and many of these structures, according to the state Department of Fish & Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), are in poor condition and have outlived their design life."
From The New York Times: "President Obama has described climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing our country and has said he is open to new ideas to address it. He can start by supporting legislation to increase the nation’s hydropower capacity, one of our vital renewable energy resources."
From Science: "The world's most biodiverse river basins—the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong—are experiencing an unprecedented boom in construction of hydropower dams. These projects address important energy needs, but advocates often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity and critically important fisheries."