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Colorado joins list of states opposed to EPA's Clean Power Plan

09/01/2015

The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan continues to stir controversy weeks after its recent unveiling, with Colorado announcing it will join the growing list of states threatening suit against the EPA to stop the proposal.

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International Hydropower Association releases 2015 Hydropower Status Report

09/01/2015

The International Hydropower Association announces availability of its 2015 Hydropower Status Report.

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Fish passage plans finalized for Cle Elum Dam

08/28/2015

A $100 million fish passage package is being installed at Cle Elum Dam on the Cle Elum River in Washington, and this was commemorated through a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 27.

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Hydro dam role in water management

08/28/2015

The significance of dams in regulating water flows has been highlighted by two recent developments – events that are taking place almost the world apart.

Phase 2 begins for Kenyan US$580,000 320-kW Ndurumo micro-hydroelectric project

08/27/2015

Phase 2 of the Ndurumo hydroelectric project on the Kathita River in Meru County, Kenya is set to begin in September with the construction of a penstock for a 320 kW micro-hydroelectric facility. Estimated total cost for the entire project is US$580,000.  

Australian dam safety officials on alert for possible dam failure in New South Wales

08/25/2015

Residents near Jerrara Dam in rural Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia on the NSW South Coast have been ordered to evacuate their homes amidst fear the dam will fail as more than a foot of rain had fallen in the area by 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. 

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India commissions hydro turbine in sewerage plant’s effluent pipe

08/25/2015

A hydropower plant has been commissioned at Chilla in East Delhi, India, which consists of a turbine propelled by effluent from a sewerage treatment plant.

Alaskan 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project to reduce diesel dependence

08/24/2015

According to Alaska’s Energy Authority, Inside Passage Electric Cooperative Inc. (IPEC) is constructing a US$8.2 million run-of-river 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project in Hoonah, Alaska that could reduce fossil fuel usage. 

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NSF/ANSI61 certification awarded to bearing supplier Lignum Vitae North America

08/24/2015

Bearing supplier Lignum Vitae North America has announces its water- and self-lubricated bearings have achieved NSH/ANSI61: Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects certification.

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Kenya tea agency breaks ground on Lower Nyamindi small hydro project

08/21/2015

The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. broke ground Aug. 18 on its 1.8-MW Lower Nyamindi small hydro project.

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Low water in Lake Kariba lessens hydro production in Zambia

08/20/2015

The amount of water in Lake Kariba is at its lowest in 20 years, with the reservoir being just 40% full in July, according to multiple news sources.

Seattle City Light evacuates 711-MW Skagit hydropower project amidst wildfire

08/20/2015

Safety concerns raised by wildfires have forced utility Seattle City Light to evacuate employees from the town of Diablo, the nearby 711-MW Skagit hydropower complex and the North Cascades Institute's Environmental Learning Center.

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