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ASDSO recognizes Paul Schweiger for commitment to dam safety

02/02/2015

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has recognized Paul G. Schweiger as the recipient of the 2015 ASDSO President's Award.

Eskom pumped storage hydroelectric projects slowed by load shedding in South Africa

02/02/2015

Eskom, the South Africa-based company that supplies 95% of the country’s energy, is unable to generate at full capacity at two of its pumped-storage facilities mainly operated during periods of peak electricity demand. The hydroelectric projects have a total capacity of 1,400 MW, but due to a combination of maintenance, supply and demand issues, Eskom recently announced it was entering Stage 1 load shedding to maintain water levels at its pumped storage facilities. 

Do whatever it takes, keep the ‘funnies’ dead forever

02/02/2015

In receiving my daily dose of news from the BBC on Jan. 30, I learned Britain celebrated the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s funeral with, among many things, radio and television re-broadcasts of the state funeral. 

Pakistan seeks highway move, access road for 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydro project

01/30/2015

Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites applications for pre-qualification to relocate a highway and to construct an access road for the 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydroelectric project on Pakistan's Indus River.

Marine energy symposium accepting asbtracts

Submit abstracts by Feb. 13 for Marine Energy Technology Symposium

01/30/2015

There is still time to submit an abstract for presentation during the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS). 

U.S. seeks hydrographic surveying, mapping in Northwest

01/30/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to perform hydrographic surveying and mapping services in the Corps' Northwestern Division.

RG&E receives Treasury Department grant for Station 5 hydropower plant upgrades

01/30/2015

A grant from the U.S. Treasury Department will help Rochester Gas & Electric make efficiency improvements at the company's 46-MW Station 5 hydropower plant on New York's Genesee River.

Hydropower as a Percent of Total Installed Generating Capacity

01/30/2015

Lesotho seeks bids to develop Polihali Dam; hydro project studied

01/29/2015

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority invites proposals to implement several portions of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), including construction of Polihali Dam and a water transfer tunnel.

JICA to provide funding for 168-MW Baluchaung 2 hydropower plant upgrades

01/29/2015

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed to provide US$67 million to Myanmar's Electric Power Corporation to help replace machinery at Myanmar's 168-MW Baluchaung 2 hydropower plant.

U.S. extends bidding for station service replacement at 36-MW Kortes hydro project

01/29/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline for bids to perform station service equipment replacement at the 36-MW Kortes hydroelectric plant in Wyoming.

Rehabilitation on high-hazard 3.3-MW Brainerd hydroelectric facility dam apron raises concerns

01/29/2015

Concern with regard to repair of the dam’s concrete spillway apron was raised in a public forum at the Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Commission meeting held Jan. 27.

India state seeks trash rake for 111-MW Sawra Kuddu hydro project

01/29/2015

India's Himachal Pradesh Power Corp. Ltd. (HPPC) seeks bids to supply a trashrack cleaning machine for the 111-MW Sawra Kuddu hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh State.

Hydroelectric power returns to Scotland's historic Blair Castle

01/28/2015

A hydropower plant located at Blair Castle in Scotland's Highland Perthshire is generating electricity after sitting idle for more than five decades, following restoration of 100-year old equipment.

U.S. revises, again extends switchyard upgrade tender for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

01/28/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revised a solicitation package and again extended the bidding deadline for a switchyard upgrade at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

Brazil’s drought brings water supply to near zero capacity at hydroelectric facilities

01/28/2015

Brazil is experiencing a debilitating drought as the nation endures the driest period since South America’s most populous country began keeping records in the 1930s. As a result of the arid conditions, reservoir levels and lake water flow to hydroelectric facilities that supply power to Brazil’s most densely populated city of Sao Paulo are nearing zero capacity.  

FERC updates hydroelectric project land use fees for 2015

01/28/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the 2015 annual update to its fee schedule for occupation of federal lands by FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects.

World Bank commits funding to Pakistan's 108-MW Gulpur hydropower project

01/28/2015

The World Bank's International Finance Corporation group has agreed to finance the 108-MW Gulpur hydropower plant that will be located on the Poonch River in Pakistan.

Jordan seeks pipeline, small hydro plant at Khaw Reservoir

01/27/2015

The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) invites applications for pre-qualification to design and build a water pipeline, pumping facilities and a small hydropower project at Khaw Reservoir in Jordan.

Tunnel flood kills three at Vietnam's 38-MW Thuan Hoa hydropower plant

01/27/2015

Three Chinese workers were killed and another injured this past week when water flooded a tunnel at Vietnam's 38-MW Thuan Hoa hydroelectric plant, local sources report.

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