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NorthWestern Energy closes deal to purchase PPL Montana hydroelectric facilities

11/19/2014

NorthWestern Energy has closed on the previously announced $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric facilities with a total capacity of 633 MW, as well as one storage reservoir, from electricity generator PPL Montana.

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11/19/2014

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Perspectives: STEM -- Just Another Hydro Acronym?

11/19/2014

In the hydroelectric industry, we love acronyms … FERC, O&M, R&D, NMFS, OSHA … and the list goes on.

BC Hydro seeks site preparation for 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

11/19/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to perform site preparation on the north bank of the Peace River for the proposed 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Nova Group wins contract for electrical work at 1,076-MW Bonneville hydropower project

11/19/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$23 million contract to Nova Group Inc. to replace main unit circuit breakers and instrument transformers for the First Powerhouse at Bonneville Dam.

Corps of Engineers finalizes sediment management plan for Lower Snake River

11/19/2014

Following intensive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review and consideration of extensive public comments, the Corps' Northwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. John S. Kem, signed two Records of Decision (RODs) on Nov. 14 for the Lower Snake River Final Programmatic Sediment Management Plan (PSMP) and a current "immediate need" action (dredging) to reestablish the congressionally authorized dimensions of the Lower Snake River federal navigation channel. The RODs are based on consideration of reasonable alternatives and evaluation of potential environmental effects contained in the PSMP Final Environmental Impact Statement (PSMP FEIS). Signing of the RODs marks completion of the Walla Walla District National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process.

KIUC gets go-ahead for 25-MW Hawaiian pumped-storage proposal

11/18/2014

Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources has given its unanimous approval in principal to the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) for a 25 MW pumped-storage hydropower project on the island's west side.

Serbia seeks inventory of small hydropower projects, sites

11/18/2014

The government of Serbia invites applications for pre-qualification to perform an inventory of small hydropower projects and sites as the Balkan nation seeks to construct 180 MW in new small hydro projects by 2020.

Chris Schleicher: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

11/18/2014

Chris Schleicher will graduate this fall with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. Chris graduated Cum Laude at York College of Pennsylvania with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, and completed a MS in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in 2012.

U.S. seeks firms for windings, cavitation repair at 402-MW Dworshak hydro project

11/18/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform winding replacement and cavitation repair of the Unit 3 turbine-generator at the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

Agreement signed to move forward development of 15-MW Fosthall Creek Power hydroelectric plant

11/18/2014

An Impact Benefit Agreement signed by Splatsin, Sorgent.e Hydro Canada Corp. and Fosthall Creek Power Ltd. is intended to move forward development of a hydroelectric plant, the 15-MW Fosthall Creek Power project.

World Bank seeks consultant to evaluate, expand Central Asia energy, water program

11/18/2014

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to evaluate the Central Asia Energy-Water Development Program and provide data to guide the program in the future.

Halifax Water generates power from a 32-kW in-pipe small hydroelectric system

11/17/2014

Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia, Canada, is the first Canadian city to use an in-pipe hydroelectric generation system within a pressurized water distribution pipeline, according to Halifax Water. On Nov. 13, a 32-kW generating system within a drinking water distribution control chamber for Halifax Water began providing power. 

Wanapum, Priest Rapids rehab projects contribute to Grant PUD rate increase

11/17/2014

Ongoing repairs and upgrades to the Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams will translate to slightly higher rates for ratepayers, according to the Grant County Public Utilities District.

IHA calls for candidates for Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower

11/17/2014

The International Hydropower Association is now accepting proposals for candidates for its 2015 Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower.

KGAL wins contract for Malaysian small hydro project studies

11/17/2014

British engineering consulting group Kenneth Grubb Associates Ltd. (KGAL) was awarded a contract worth more US$28.15 million to manage the feasibility and development of multiple small hydroelectric plants in Malaysia's Sabah state.

Morocco pre-qualifies builders for 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage

11/17/2014

Morocco utility Office National de l'Electricite et de l'Eau Potable (ONEE) invites applications for pre-qualification for turnkey construction of the 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage project on Morocco's Issen River (Oued Issen).

Minnesota's 71-MW Thomson hydropower plant back on line after two-year rehab

11/14/2014

Minnesota Power's 71-MW Thomson hydropower plant is generating energy for the first time since being knocked out of service by record flooding more than two years ago.

Delays continue in India at 2,000-MW Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project

11/14/2014

Opposition continues to the 2,000-MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP) at Gerukamukh, Dhemaji, India. On Nov. 11, local news outlets reported opposition groups stopped trucks carrying transformers and additional construction items for delivery to LSHEP.  

U.S. seeks work on hydro, dams, other sites in Southeast

11/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for construction, rehabilitation and other work at hydroelectric projects, dams, and other facilities in its South Atlantic Division.

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