CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy has a new hydropower license to manage the Catawba River for the next 40 years but wants that license extended so it can manage the waterway for the next half century.
The Charlotte Observer reports that (http://bit.ly/1QoQ8dE ) that during three years of negotiations, the utility agreed to protect additional land in the river basin if it got a 50-year license.
But last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the utility only a 40-year license.
While Duke has proposed protecting more land, putting fish passages around dams and increasing water releases downstream from dams, the government said such steps only merit the shorter license term.
Duke has a month to ask the government for a rehearing on the license term or any other aspects of the license.