Alabama Power Awaiting Federal Guidance After Court Strips Its License to Operate 7 Coosa River Dams

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Mitchell Dam on the Coosa River
Mitchell Dam on the Coosa River

Source: Alabama Power Company

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By Hank Black

It’s now official. Monday, Alabama Power Co.’s license to operate its seven Coosa River dams was taken away under terms of a federal court order issued a month ago. The power company will now operate under its prior license.

A power company spokesperson said customers are not affected in any way by the legal issue and no operational changes will take place as it awaits direction from the federal agency that issued the license, the Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission.

The unprecedented decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., was a surprise victory for environmentalists and is being followed closely by the hydropower-relicensing industry.

Read more about the court’s decision: Coosa River Gets Help: Federal Court Overturns Alabama Power’s License to Operate 7 Dams, Orders New Look at Waterway’s Environment

 

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