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Hydroelectric power industry members urged to support hydro in POWER-GEN Projects of the Year voting


Two hydropower plants are in the running for Projects of the Year honors which will be announced later this year during the POWER-GEN International conference and exhibition.

Liberia seeks social, environmental impact training for hydropower, electric sector


The government of Liberia invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide training in social and environmental impact assessments for power sector projects, including hydropower projects.

Welsh resources agency announces new environmental management standards


Natural Resources Wales will release a new approach to the way it assesses water availability for hydroelectric power production, the government sponsored management body announced this past week.

OWET annual conference provides forum for ocean energy discussion


The Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) will hold its eighth annual ocean energy conference later this month in Astoria, Ore., with the goal of cultivating innovation and opportunity in the marine and hydrokinetic sector.

Corps awards contract for lamprey passage in fish ladder at 980-MW McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$336,542 contract to Marine Industrial Construction LLC to construct a prototype lamprey entrance structure in a fish ladder at the 980-MW McNary hydropower project on the Columbia River.

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Industry experts to discuss Brazilian energy transmission issues


Recurring blackouts in northeastern Brazil have some questioning the reliability of the country's aging transmission infrastructure.

McGinn leaves renewable energy group ACORE


Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn's tenure as president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) ended today, following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment before the August recess.

EIB, CABEI announce Central America hydroelectric power investment program


A new joint program announced by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration will allow for hydropower project investments in six Latin American countries.

Developer moves ahead with Vietnam's 5-MW Ea K'Tour small hydro project


A 5-MW small hydropower plant is undergoing the final steps before construction begins in China's Chu Yang Sin National Park, despite opposition from some in the Dak Lak Province.

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Rhode Island provides grant for hydro project study

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Alstom wins supply contract for Quebec's La Romaine 3 project

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Report shows hydropower still top in renewable energy percentage

Cost-Effective Passage Design for High-Head Hydro Facilities


A new fish passage design developed specifically for high-head hydroelectric plants uses controlled decompression to minimize fish injury during passage. This design is also less expensive than the traditional downstream passage alternatives.

Brazil's EPE approves 17 hydropower projects for upcoming A-5 auction


Brazil's energy research agency, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), has included 17 hydropower projects in its upcoming A-5 power auction.

Hydropower project operator BC Hydro seeks feedback on draft resource plan


Canadian utility and hydropower project operator BC Hydro has been directed to conduct a final round of consultations on its most recent draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with First Nation groups, key stakeholders and the public.

U.S. seeks firms for fish passage studies at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of performing fish passage studies at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

U.S. seeks spillway fix for fish passage at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to modify a spillway to improve fish passage at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Reclamation forecasts lower water release to Lake Mead in 2014


The Bureau of Reclamation has used data projections of Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoir elevations that a release of 7.48 million acre-feet from Lake Powell is required in water year 2014, per the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations.

FERC approves third attempt to license 9-MW Enloe hydro project


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the third attempt by Okanogan County Public Utility District to license the 9-MW Enloe hydroelectric project in eastern Washington.

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