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Canada utility extends qualifying for civil works of 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

05/20/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for applications for qualification to construct the main civil works of the 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Small hydropower returns to Scotland's Dawyck Estate

05/20/2014

A new 11 kW micro hydropower project has helped make Scotland's Dawyck Botanic Garden the first carbon-neutral botanical garden in the United Kingdom.

World Bank Group approves financing for Nepal's Kabeli-A hydroelectric plant

05/20/2014

The World Bank Group has approved US$84.6 million in financing that will be used to fund Nepal's 37.6-MW Kabeli-A hydroelectric plant.

Tech Briefs

05/20/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology from May 2014

Dam Safety & Security

05/20/2014

Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures for May 2014

R&D Forum

05/20/2014

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower from May 2014

Identifying a Guide Bearing Rub Using Vibration Analysis

05/20/2014

When commissioning a hydro unit, proper use of vibration monitoring can help identify problems such as a rub on the guide bearings. Catching issues early can allow the problem to be fixed quickly, preventing units from operating inefficiently and limiting unplanned outages.

Perspectives: All In for Hydropower

05/20/2014

I've observed and reported on numerous notable events in the hydropower industry over the past 24 years. Sometimes I catch myself wondering: "Have I seen it all?"

Hydro Currents

05/20/2014

The top hydroelectric power news for May 2014

Replacing an Aged Woodstave Penstock

05/20/2014

The 40-plus-year-old penstock supplying water to the 29-MW Rocky River pumped-storage plant was replaced with a smaller-diameter pipe that actually increases water flow to the plant, boosting power generation.

Evaluating the Hydropower Benefits of Raising a Dam

05/20/2014

Faced with level restrictions in the reservoir, the El Dorado Irrigation District commissioned a study of its El Dorado Forebay Dam to gain back lost generation from the 20-MW powerhouse. Results indicated a 10-foot raise could increase average annual revenue by 5.7% and emergency water supply by 18 times.

Testing to Improve Fish Passage through the Ice Harbor Turbines

05/20/2014

Substantial efforts are under way at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 603-MW Ice Harbor hydropower project in Washington State to improve survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead passing through the turbines.

Haiti extends call for engineering, supervision to refurbish 2.65-MW Drouet hydro project

05/19/2014

Electricite d'Haiti (EDH) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to perform engineering studies and project supervision for rehabilitation of the 2.65-MW Drouet hydroelectric project in the community of Saint-Marc, Haiti.

Brookfield acquires remaining 67% of Pennsylvania's 413-MW Safe Harbor hydropower project

05/19/2014

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. and its institutional partners have entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining interest in the 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant.

Corps awards engineering contract for dams, other works in Mississippi Basin region

05/19/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth US$9 million to CDG Engineers Architects Planners Inc. to work on dams and other projects in the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest.

Alstom wins contract for Tysso 2 hydropower plant equipment

05/19/2014

Norwegian utility Statkraft has awarded a contract to Alstom to supply a new control systems and balance-of-plant equipment for the 180-MW Tysso 2 hydropower plant.

Panama seeks developers for hydro projects on Piedra, Chico, Santa Maria rivers

05/19/2014

Panama's public service authority invites applications for pre-qualification for a concession to develop hydropower plants on three rivers in Panama.

Significant changes proposed to Endangered Species Act criteria

05/16/2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service are proposing changes intended to improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

FERC denies small conduit designation for project on New York canal system

05/16/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a request to declare a proposed project on the New York State Barge Canal System to be a small conduit hydro project excluded from FERC jurisdiction.

Unit No. 1 back on line at Tajikistan's 670-MW Sangtuda 1

05/15/2014

Generating unit No. 1 at Tajikistan's Sangtuda 1 hydropower project is back in service following major repairs, operator OJSC Sangtudinskaya GES-1 has reported.


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