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SCEMD reports 9 dams breached from 1,000-year rain event in South Carolina


After the highest rainfall levels ever recorded, from weather affected by Hurricane Joaquin, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is monitoring 18 dams and reporting that nine dams have breached.

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Weather watching


GCube, the renewable energy sector insurance underwriter, has launched a new Weather Risk Transfer mechanism to provide renewable energy project owners with a means to mitigate the financial impact of resource volatility. In this case the product covers wind and rain – or perhaps more accurately, a lack thereof.

Hydroelectric power, other renewables emphasized at G20 summit


A meeting of Group of Twenty energy ministers in Istanbul earlier this month affirmed a collective belief in renewable energy -- including hydroelectric power -- amongst the major economies that constitute the international forum.

Mountain Meadows Reservoir on the drought-stricken U.S. west coast is completely empty


Mountain Meadows Reservoir, referred to locally as Walker Lake, reportedly lost all of its water during the second week of September sometime after a clogged intake supplying the 4.8-MW Hamilton Branch hydroelectric facility was cleared of debris, according to published reports. 

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66-MW McLymont Creek hydro plant in British Columbia begins operating


The 66-MW McLymont Creek hydro plant, owned by AltaGas Ltd., began operating Oct. 1.

Tennessee Valley Authority dropping reservoir levels before Hurricane Joaquin arrives


Anticipated rains from Hurricane Joaquin is causing the Tennessee Valley Authority to take preemptive measures to deal with the runoff.

Massachusetts Gov. encourages Canadian hydro in committee testimony


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker testified before a state legislative committee today in support of a pair of bills that could increase imports of Canadian hydroelectric power.

Rousseff: Brazil committed to hydroelectric power


Responding to a preliminary 10-year energy plan released recently by the Brazilian government, President Dilma Rousseff said her country will continue to rely on hydroelectric power, despite the plan's emphasis on other renewable sources.

Corps again extends call for geotechnical firms for dam safety program in western U.S.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended the deadline for expressions of interest from small businesses to provide geotechnical-focused engineering, investigation and design services for dam and levee safety programs in the western U.S.

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Kade named Of Counsel at Van Ness Feldman


Tyson Kade has been promoted to Of Counsel at law firm Van Ness Feldman.

Ibama denies building permit for Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower plant


Brazil's Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources (Ibama), has denied an operating license for the controversial 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project, saying its developers had not yet met conditions required for approval.

U.S. extends bidding for biostatistical services to anadromous fish program


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to provide biostatistical services to its Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program in the Pacific Northwest.