Esquatzel Hydro Project Profile

Esquatzel Hydro Project

Pasco, Washington

The Esquatzel hydroelectric project is located on Esquatzel Irrigation Canal, which flows into the Columbia River five miles north of Pasco, Washington. The irrigation system provides agricultural water during the irrigation season and year round flow during the remainder of the year.


Lime Wind Farm Project Profile

Lime Wind Farm

Huntington, Oregon

Lime Wind Farm is a family owned, 3-megawatt community wind project located in the eastern Oregon town of Huntington, just southeast of La Grande on the Snake River. The wind farm is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, was commissioned in November 2011 and cost $7.2 million to develop. With Hells Canyon and the Idaho border to the east, Lime Wind Farm is one of the first locally owned megawatt wind farms in Oregon.


Cumulative Watershed Impacts of Small Hydro

Cumulative Watershed Impacts of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Projects in Irrigation Delivery Systems: A Case Study

Prepared for Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Environmental Foundation by Les Perkins, Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA) • June 2013

Hydropower is a complex topic, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. Energy Trust of Oregon and BEF are interested in the development of low impact small-scale hydropower projects, particularly those that could be incorporated into an existing water distribution system. This case study examines what differentiates small-scale hydro projects from traditional hydropower and the anticipated impact of these projects on area watersheds.



Vision to Integrate Solar in Oregon

VISOR: Vision to Integrate Solar in Oregon

July 2013 • By the Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association • Funded in part by BEF

In 2013, the Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association (OSEIA) analyzed the rapidly declining price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in an effort to determine the comparative cost-competitiveness of solar to other renewable resource choices. The 2013 study, which was partially funded by BEF, showed several compelling trends: solar prices have dropped so significantly that, when matched with available incentives and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) rates awarded by utilities, solar project developers can now achieve a positive rate of return.


Pacific Northwest Smart Demand Response Gap Analysis

Bridging the Gap to Full Deployment of Smart DR in the Pacific Northwest: A Gap Analysis of End-Use Energy Storage, Demand Response, and Integration of Renewable Energy at Bonneville Power Administration

By Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Newly available forms of smart demand response (DR) technologies, referred to as Smart DR, can provide a cost-effective partial solution to issues presented in the Pacific Northwest’s changing energy landscape. This report outlines the technical, economic and political drivers that could lead to high penetration of Smart DR in the Pacific Northwest. It also provides an overview of the gaps that exist between the current state-of-the-art use of Smart DR and the scenario necessary to enable high penetration of Smart DR in this region.



Public Utilities’ Guide to Small Scale Renewable Energy Projects

The Public Utilities’ Guide to Small-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

By Bonneville Environmental Foundation

While the interconnection of distributed generation to the utility distribution system can enhance system performance, it can also create challenges for the utility. This utility staff directed guidebook is intended to help streamline the process by identifying key steps involved and common challenges to avoid.



Developers Guide to Renewables with Consumer-Owned Utilities

The Developers’ Guide to Working with Consumer-Owned Utilities on Small-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

By Bonneville Environmental Foundation

The intricacies of interconnection of distributed generation can be a roadblock for developers. A clear picture of the rules that apply and the steps to follow can facilitate a successful process. This guidebook is intended to aid small-scale renewable energy developers to clearly identify the applicable rules, timelines, necessary steps and best practices. The guide can also be distributed by utilities to project developers as an educational tool.



Guide to Community Solar

A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development

By Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, Keyes and Fox, Stoel Rives and Bonneville Environmental Foundation

In communities across the U.S., people are seeking community-scale alternatives to conventional energy sources—whether to increase energy independence, hedge against rising fuel costs, cut carbon emissions, or provide local jobs. Community organizers, solar energy advocates and government officials alike will find this guide an exceptional resource to address common challenges to the implementation of community-owned solar energy projects.



Solar Electric Guide for Your Stadium or Arena

Solar Electric Guide for Your Stadium or Arena: A guide to help professional and collegiate sports teams and venues develop successful on-site solar power generation

By Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Green Sports Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council

More than 135 million adults and their families visit 130 professional sports stadiums each year to cheer on their teams and experience the power of sport. Another 100 million visit nearly 700 major collegiate stadiums and arenas each year to do the same. In this fully revised Second Edition, professional and collegiate sports teams and venues will find essential guidance to navigate their way through the steps to develop on-site solar power generation for a stadium or arena. Readers will find an accessible list of steps, relevant case studies, and tips to succeed.




Are We Doing Our Best to Restore Watersheds? Lessons from a 10-year water restoration strategy

By Todd Reeve and Robert Warren • The Solutions Journal, January-February 2015

For the past decade, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) has explored ways to make community-based watershed restoration more effective. Through the application of an unconventional, 10-year funding strategy, BEF has identified important challenges and has also explored solutions that may increase the scale of impact produced by watershed restoration initiatives.


Change the Course Freshwater Restoration Article

Change the Course: A New Model of Freshwater Conservation and Restoration

By Sandra Postel, Todd Reeve and Christian McGuigan • The Solutions Journal, July-August 2014

In more and more river basins around the world, water use is bumping up against the limits of a finite supply. Groundwater is being overpumped, wetlands are drying out, lakes are shrinking, and large rivers—from the Indus and the Nile to the Murray and the Colorado—are so tapped out that they rarely reach the sea.


Water Restoration Certificate article The Water Report

Water Restoration Certificates®: Voluntary, Market-Based Flow Restoration

The Water Report, September 15, 2010 • By Todd Reeve, CEO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Across the American West, thousands of miles of streams are chronically dewatered as a result of legal withdrawal of surface water to serve out-of-stream beneficial uses. Efforts are underway in many western states to support voluntary, market-based approaches to restore environmental flows to dewatered streams, rivers and wetlands. As one solution, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) has launched the Water Restoration Certificate® program, which is the first nationally marketed, voluntary environmental flow restoration program.




Voluntary Market for Freshwater Restoration Global Water Forum

Harnessing a Voluntary Market to Restore Flow to Dewatered Rivers and Streams

Global Water Forum Discussion Paper 1230, August 2012 • By Todd Reeve, CEO, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

This article examines a Water Restoration Certificate model that aims to restore flows to dewatered rivers and streams through a voluntary offset market. The author argues that the model can provide a stable funding source to secure environmental flows, develop market signals demonstrating the economic value of environmental water, educate the public and encourage policy reform.