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NHA Annual Conference

NHA adds Rep. Tonko, White House adviser Dorgelo to annual conference keynote

03/27/2015

The National Hydropower Association is pleased to announce the addition of Congressman Paul Tonko and White House adviser Cristin Dorgelo as speakers during the upcoming NHA Annual Conference, making the event's opening plenary session a can't-miss opportunity.

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DOE, Army, Interior extend partnership for hydroelectric power development

03/25/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works have announced that the trio will extend their partnership to advance hydroelectric power development for an additional five years, extending an agreement that stems to March 2010.

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2014 record year for Columbia River salmon, concerns raised

03/25/2015

Salmon returns in the Columbia River, counted at Bonneville Dam, were the largest in 2014 than in any year since 1938, when fish counting began at the site, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Proof for investors: Top 25 performing utilities include companies with hydroelectric facilities

03/25/2015

In 2013, according to published reports, a record US$36.6 billion in green bonds was issued as investors worldwide increasingly added utilities to their portfolios, utilities that also operate hydroelectric plants. Information released by SNL Financial indicates power and diversified utilities, some of which operate hydropower projects, rank amongst the top 25 most profitable companies that have utility operations by recurring earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) margin for 2014. 

Senegal River agency seeks study of its basin water resources program

03/25/2015

The multi-nation Senegal River management agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to study the impact of its program of integrated management of Senegal Basin water resources.

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Malawi seeks environmental, social studies of 20-MW Chimgonda, 140-MW Mpatamanga hydro projects

03/24/2015

The government of Malawi invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform separate environmental and social assessments of the 20- to 50-MW Chimgonda and 140- to 310-MW Mpatamanga hydroelectric projects in Malawi.

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Climate change impacts on hydropower

03/23/2015

A four-year drought, the worst since records began, has had a dramatic effect on California’s power system and specifically on its portfolio of major hydropower projects. Indeed, such is the scale of the drought that a lack of water is preventing hydropower plants from running at anything like full capacity. The effective result of the drought has been to roughly half the hydropower capacity available within the state over a period of a few years.

 

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HydroVision International 2015 early bird discounts available now

03/23/2015

HydroVision International 2015 is still more than three months away, but it isn't too soon to save on registrations for the world's largest hydroelectric power event.

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Blue Leaf wins contract for environmental services at five USACE hydropower projects

03/19/2015

Blue Leaf Environmental Inc. has won a US$580,176 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide biological services and juvenile fish transportation at five hydropower plants on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Hydrographic surveying, other survey work sought in central U.S.

03/19/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to perform field surveys with automated hydrographic surveying capabilities, mainly in the Corps' St. Louis District.

Kabeli-A hydro project proven sustainable

Sustainable practices proven during assessment of Kabeli-A hydropower project

03/18/2015

The 37.6-MW Kabeli-A hydropower project received scores of basic good practice or better on all of the 22 topics assessed under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, achieving proven best practice on half of them.

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Final FERC EIS endorses relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects

03/18/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland

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