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Laos, financial institutions working on hydro project development laws


The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced its plan to work with the Laotian government in developing draft laws that would help govern hydroelectric power development.

FERC draft EIS recommends relicensing 182.5-MW Martin Dam


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 182.5-MW Martin Dam hydroelectric project on Alabama's Tallapoosa River.

600-MW Russell pumped-storage project receives permission to run all units


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received permission to operate all four reversible turbine units simultaneously at its 600-MW Richard B. Russell pumped-storage plant after a decade of litigation, has learned.

Brazil's Jirau hydro project world's largest CDM-registered renewable plant


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has recognized Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower plant under its Clean Development Mechanism.

World Bank Announces Renewed Support for Large Hydropower


Delegates at the International Hydropower Association World Congress, which took place last week in Kuching in Malaysian Borneo, have heard that the World Bank has reversed a two-decade old decision to turn its back on large hydropower investment.

Xingu Alive Forever resumes occupation of Belo Monte hydro project


About 170 members of the Xingu Alive Forever movement have returned to Belo Monte's main construction site, again halting work on the controversial 11.2 GW hydroelectric project.

Vietnam seeks water quality, fish habitat studies for 260-MW Trung Son hydro project


Trung Son Hydropower Co. Ltd. invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform water quality and fish habitat studies for the 260-MW Trung Son hydroelectric project being built on Vietnam's Ma River.

Petition could increase Oregon's renewable portfolio to include more hydroelectric power


A measure to expand Oregon's definition of "renewable energy" to include more hydroelectric power could appear before the state's voters next year if a petition urging its consideration receives about 87,000 signatures by July 3, 2014.

Cameroon seeks Sanaga Basin water resources management including hydropower


Cameroon utility Electricity Development Corp. (EDC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a framework for integrated water resources management in the Sanaga River Basin, site of more than half of Cameroon's 13,700 MW of hydropower potential.

IHA releases hydropower project sustainability evaluations


The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released a first set of official reports made using its Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, which evaluates hydroelectric projects and their operators in a number of criteria.

Corps awards Little Goose Dam fishway repair contract


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$315,212 contract to Skyward Construction Inc. to supply replacement hoists on the north shore fishway entrance at the 810-MW Little Goose hydropower project.

Chinese environmental ministry approves massive Shuangjiangkou hydropower project


China's Ministry of Environmental Protection has approved what could become the country's tallest hydropower plant, despite concerns regarding the project's impact on plants and rare fish.

Tocardo, Climex make tidal energy distribution deal


Renewable power trader Climex has agreed to sell marine energy generated by Tocardo Tidal Turbines through its green energy trading platforms.

Granite Construction wins contract for San Clemente, Carmel River dam removal


California American Water has awarded a US$61 million contract to Granite Construction Incorporated for the removal of the San Clemente and Carmel River dams in California.

Canada offers funds to aid environmental assessment of 50-MW Tazi Twe hydro project


The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency offers funding to individuals and groups to participate in environmental assessment of the 42- to 50-MW Tazi Twe hydroelectric project on Saskatchewan's Fond du Lac River at Elizabeth Falls.

Instream flow analysis sought to protect fish habitat in U.S. West


The U.S. Forest Service seeks bids to perform instream flow monitoring, analysis, and reporting to help protect fish habitat on Forest Service lands in the Intermountain West.

India's Patrind hydel plant awarded U.N. Clean Development Mechanism status


Pakistan's 147-MW Patrind hydroelectric project has earned status as a clean development mechanism (CDM) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has learned.

Industry expert discusses upcoming International Hydropower Association World Congress


Dr. Cecilia Tortaada, President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, recently took time to discuss the International Hydropower Association 2013 World Congress with HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide Chief Editor David Appleyard.

OWA helps to prepare fish protection program


A collaborative effort including the Ontario Waterpower Association and others includes a number of recommendations designed for fish protection.

U.S. extends comment date on hydro turbine replacement at 980-MW McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for comments from contractors on its plan for up to 14 hydro turbine replacements at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

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