The federal government approved Duke Energy’s license to manage 225 miles of the Catawba River in North Carolina and South Carolina for 40 more years.
According to the Charlotte Observer (htt?p://bit.ly/1Hq2L6L ) the license renewal was approved Wednesday and made retroactive to Nov. 1.
The utility had wanted a renewal for 50 years. Duke Energy’s license had expired in 2008, but legal challengers forced a long delay in the process to get a new one.
To get the new license, Duke Energy agreed to conserve $16 million in land, spend $4 million developing public recreation sites and build passages so fish can get around the dam that creates Lake Wateree in South Carolina.
The utility operates 13 hydroelectric stations and 11 reservoirs on the Catawba River.