Dec. 7, 2017
Sunset Hydropower Project
The PUD has had customer interest recently in its study of a potential hydropower project on the South Fork Skykomish River. Here’s more background:
- The project is currently in the study phase. Staff has not made any recommendations to file a Final License Application with the FERC, nor has the PUD Commission approved construction.
- The project would include greatly needed improvements to a salmon facility that moves fish upstream to 90 additional miles of habitat.
- River flows related to a potential project would be set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of the PUD’s licensing process.
- The PUD has considerable experience managing hydropower projects to protect the environment, and it has been recognized for its successes by the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, the National Hydropower Association and state and local governments.