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Bank seeks reforestation study for 108-MW Dariali hydro project in Georgia

07/23/2014

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a technical assessment and feasibility study of a reforestation plan for the 108-MW Dariali hydroelectric project in Georgia.

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FERC draft environmental assessment backs licensing 50-MW R.C. Byrd hydro project

07/22/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental assessment recommending the licensing of the 50-MW Robert C. Byrd hydroelectric project at a Corps of Engineers dam on the Ohio River.

Canadian Spotlight

07/21/2014

The latest hydropower industry news from Canada for July 2014

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Stockton to provide plenary address during water resources track at HydroVision International

07/21/2014

Steven L. Stockton, Director of Civil Works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is presenting a plenary address to kick off the seven-session Water Resources track at HydroVision International 2014 this week.

Deploying an Ice Boom at Jenpeg Generating Station

07/21/2014

During the winter months, production of frazil ice upstream of Jenpeg Generating Station in northern Manitoba has been known to cause operational problems, including the blockage of powerhouse intakes.

Computational Tools to Assess Turbine Biological Performance

07/21/2014

To help ensure the safety of fish passing through the new turbines at 912-MW Priest Rapids, Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County is employing the BioPA method to analyze the biological performance of proposed designs - and to choose an improved one for this facility.

Cold Weather Survival Training for Operators of Remote Hydro Plants

07/21/2014

Personnel who work at remote hydroelectric facilities, like those in the Northern Manitoba area of Canada, may be faced with an overnight stay outdoors. To ensure worker safety, Manitoba Hydro administers a Cold Weather Survival program that equips personnel with the skills they need to survive.

Removing Dillsboro Dam: A Wise Decision

07/21/2014

It may seem counterintuitive to remove a dam that impounds water for an operating powerhouse, but for Duke Energy this decision avoided significant costs at its other hydro projects and eliminated lost generation resulting from the installation of bypass flow facilities.

CFD Modeling to Design a Fish Lift Entrance

07/21/2014

A three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics model of the tailrace at Milford Dam indicated there would be no areas approaching the entrance to the new fish lift where flow velocity prevented fish from entering the lift.

NERC CIP Version 5: Impact to Hydro Owners and Operators

07/21/2014

The new Version 5 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards must be implemented by all hydroelectric project owners and operators. Depending on the classification of your systems, significant work may be needed.

R&D Forum

07/21/2014

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower for July 2014

Tech Briefs

07/21/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology from July 2014

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