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New hydropower law won’t immediately benefit local projects

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WENATCHEE — A federal law hailed for putting the development of new hydropower back on the national renewable-energy scene won’t immediately benefit any new local projects around North Central Washington, experts said this week.

But local efforts to explore some of the kinds hydropower encouraged by the law were already underway.

“I wish it would have been in place five years ago, and we could have taken advantage of it,” John Grubich, manager of the Okanogan County PUD, said Wednesday…

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