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Canada, B.C. agencies grant environmental approvals to 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project


Environment Canada and the environment and forestry ministers of British Columbia have granted final environmental approvals for BC Hydro to construct the 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Austria utility completes rehabilitation of 12.62-MW Opponitz hydropower project


Vienna utility Wien Energie GmbH has completed rehabilitation of the 90-year-old, 12.62-MW Opponitz hydroelectric project on Austria's Ybbs River.

Nepal seeks four-river basin plans including hydropower assessment


The Nepal Water and Energy Commission Secretariat invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare basin plans for four rivers examining the availability of water resources for uses including hydropower.

U.S. seeks endangered species monitoring at American River hydro projects


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to perform spawning and stranding surveys of endangered steelhead affected by hydroelectric projects on the lower American River in California.

NMFS Central Valley salmon recovery plan includes 76 FERC hydro projects


The National Marine Fisheries Service has filed an endangered salmon and steelhead recovery plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that could affect 76 FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects in California's Central Valley watershed.

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Solar, wind gaining as drought continues to hamper California's hydroelectric power


Ongoing drought conditions in California have caused its hydroelectric power production to plummet to 10% of the state's total generation, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Burkina Faso seeks siltation study of 16-MW Bagre Dam hydropower project


The government of Burkina Faso invites expressions of interest to study the level of siltation and availability of water resources at the 16-MW Bagre Dam hydropower project.

NHA seeks nominations for 2015 Henwood Award


The National Hydropower Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

French consortium to refurbish dams, build fish passage on Somme River


France's Somme Department has awarded a contract to a French consortium to rehabilitate three dams and to construct fish passage at two of them on the Somme River.

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Oil players looking to renewables


Recent news that the heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune are to divest some of their interests in fossil fuels in favour of clean technology indicates a significant change has taken place in the investment market lately.

U.S. awards fish passage construction for 810-MW Lower Granite Dam


Garco Construction Inc. has received a $48.3 million contract to upgrade the juvenile fish passage facility at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Welsh capital seeks 400-kW Radyr Weir hydro project for 19th century weir


The City of Cardiff Council invites expressions of interest to construct the 400-kW Radyr Weir hydropower project utilizing a 19th century weir owned by the Welsh capital city.

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