FERC Agrees with LaMalfa: KRRC Can’t Handle Klamath Dams’ License

Jul 16, 2020
Press Release
LaMalfa Suggests Relicensing Would Be Cost-effective and Provide Reliable Energy

(Siskiyou County, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) lacked the finances and experience to be the sole licensees of the four dams on the Klamath River. At PacifiCorp’s discretion KRRC may be a co-licensee, but PacificCorp would retain liability for the hydropower dams on the Klamath River. PacifiCorp previously announced they would seek to transfer the license to operate these dams to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, who would assume all liability and then oversee their removal. FERC’s July 16th Order states KRRC is “not equipped to handle” this project, and “has limited finances and no experience with hydropower dam operation or dam removal.” 

LaMalfa said: “The Commission’s Order today reinforces what I have been saying since KRRC’s inception: KRRC is incapable of handling any hydropower project. Rather, KRRC is nothing more than a shell corporation created for California, Oregon, and other supporters of dam removal to avoid liability and leave local communities to clean up the mess they would create. I am happy to see that FERC agreed with the many issues I, and other stakeholders, brought to their attention. It would have set a dangerous precedent to give a shell cooperation sole liability for the immense damage to the environment and local economy that this project would create. Smaller dam removal projects have faced significantly higher costs than originally estimated and this project has made the same failed assumptions. This Order clears the way to stop this terrible project without wasting more of California taxpayer funds or Oregon ratepayer dollars. PacifiCorp should instead pursue relicensing of all four Klamath dams, ensuring the Basin continues to receive ample carbon free, clean power for years to come.”

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