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Energy Keepers, Inc.

Energy Keepers, Inc.

A Corporation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

FERC Response: energykeepersinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/FERC-response-20240205-3049.pdf

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2024

FERC VINDICATES EKI OPERATIONS OF SKQ PROJECT

(Polson, Montana) -- FERC analysis concludes that Energy Keepers, Inc (EKI) fully operated the Séliš Ksanka QÍispé (SKQ) hydroelectric project in compliance with the FERC license.

FERC’s Letter of February 5, 2024, states, “(W)e find that although the summer of 2023 brought a unique set of circumstances to the project, you fully operated your project in compliance with your license.”

This conclusion is based on FERC’s review of the information provided by FERC’s independent analysis, EKI’s Water Year 2023 filing, monthly operation reports, publicly available data, and comment letters.

Flathead basin hydrologic conditions in 2023 led to intense public criticism of EKI’s operations with some organizations providing inaccurate or incomplete information. EKI managed Flathead Lake levels to balance the license requirements for lake levels, drought management, flood control, recreation, and minimum flows to protect aquatic species downstream of the project.

Although it is still early in the 2024 season, current snowpack conditions are near record lows. Currently Flathead Lake is approximately 8 inches higher than it would normally be this time of year as EKI continues to operate the SKQ Project to fulfil its FERC License.

About Energy Keepers, Inc

Energy Keepers, Inc (EKI) is a is a federally chartered corporation created and wholly owned by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation. CSKT are nationally recognized as a leader amongst Tribal nations for exercising their sovereign powers to preserve and protect cultural, wildlife and natural resources of their traditional homeland now and for future generations. CSKT and EKI are the co-licensees of FERC Project No. 5, the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Project located on tribal land, 4.5 miles below the natural outlet of Flathead Lake on the Lower Flathead River.
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Good morning to all of our followers. Now that we have another month of winter in the rear view mirror we want to provide a quick update on snowpack conditions in the Flathead River Basin. As of this morning the snow-water-equivalent in our snowpack is up to 69% of normal, as you can see in the first image. While this is a significant improvement from where we were a month ago we are still below the entire range of modern historical outcomes for this time of year. The single lowest snowpack in the distribution, as you can see in the second image. Flathead Lake is currently about 8" higher than it would normally be at this time of year. Unless conditions change in a big way, anticipate relatively lower than normal flows on the Flathead River this spring. Lets all hope for endless cold and rainy and snowy weather! ❄️💦☔️☃️ ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning to all of our followers. Now that we have another month of winter in the rear view mirror we want to provide a quick update on snowpack conditions in the Flathead River Basin. As of this morning the snow-water-equivalent in our snowpack is up to 69% of normal, as you can see in the first image. While this is a significant improvement from where we were a month ago we are still below the entire range of modern historical outcomes for this time of year. The single lowest snowpack in the distribution, as you can see in the second image. Flathead Lake is currently about 8 higher than it would normally be at this time of year. Unless conditions change in a big way, anticipate relatively lower than normal flows on the Flathead River this spring. Lets all hope for endless cold and rainy and snowy weather! ❄️💦☔️☃️Image attachment
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