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NordLink to bring Norwegian hydroelectric power to Germany

03/23/2015

Power technologies giant ABB Ltd. Has won orders worth about US$900 million to supply on-shore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations and cable stations that will help connect Norwegian hydroelectric power to be transmitted to German consumers.

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Hill appointed to direct FERC Division of Hydropower Administration, Compliance

03/23/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has named Jennifer Hill director of the Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance in FERC's Office of Energy Projects.

After C$505,000 in repairs, 7.4-MW Snare Falls hydroelectric plant is operational

03/23/2015

Electricity to supply communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories is again being generated as of March 18, after Northwest Territories Power Corp. (NTPC) spent an estimated C$505,000 to complete repairs of the upper and lower bearings in the Kaplan turbine at its 7.4-MW Snare Falls hydroelectric plant.  

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Leaders sign "declaration of principles" for 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance hydropower project

03/23/2015

Leaders from Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia have signed an agreement to end a long-time dispute regarding the controversial 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance hydropower plant.

Gannett Fleming promotes dam, hydro experts

Dam infrastructure firm Gannett Fleming announces several promotions

03/23/2015

Gannett Fleming, a firm that provides dam infrastructure and hydro expertise, has recently announced several job promotions and changes.

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Climate change impacts on hydropower

03/23/2015

A four-year drought, the worst since records began, has had a dramatic effect on California’s power system and specifically on its portfolio of major hydropower projects. Indeed, such is the scale of the drought that a lack of water is preventing hydropower plants from running at anything like full capacity. The effective result of the drought has been to roughly half the hydropower capacity available within the state over a period of a few years.

 

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HydroVision International 2015 early bird discounts available now

03/23/2015

HydroVision International 2015 is still more than three months away, but it isn't too soon to save on registrations for the world's largest hydroelectric power event.

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Multinational bank group provides funding for Georgia's 187-MW Shuakhevi hydropower project

03/20/2015

The International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have agreed to provide US$250 million in debt financing for the construction and operation of Georgia's 187-MW Shuakhevi hydropower project.

Canada utility seeks air coolers for 804-MW Seven Mile hydro project

03/20/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to supply eight surface air coolers for the 804-MW Seven Mile hydroelectric project on the Pend d'Oreille River in British Columbia. 

Nine hydro plants up for sale

Nine U.S. hydropower plants to be sold by Eversource Energy

03/20/2015

Eversource Energy is selling nine hydropower plants as part of an agreement reached with key state officials on March 12.

Bidding for site preparation at BC Hydro's 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project extended again

03/20/2015

Bidding was extended again by Canadian utility BC Hydro 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. 

Wanapum Dam

Grant PUD begins final refilling of Wanapum Dam reservoir

03/20/2015

Repairs to the Wanapum complex in Washington have reached a significant milestone as owner Grant County Public Utilities District has begin refilling the reservoir behind Wanapum Dam to its full capacity.

Swiss utility seeks turbine-generator for 570-kW Morteratsch hydro project

03/19/2015

Swiss-based generator Repower AG seeks bids to supply a replacement turbine-generator for the 570-kW Morteratsch hydroelectric project in Switzerland. 

Snake and Columbia Rivers

Blue Leaf wins contract for environmental services at five USACE hydropower projects

03/19/2015

Blue Leaf Environmental Inc. has won a US$580,176 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide biological services and juvenile fish transportation at five hydropower plants on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Hydrographic surveying, other survey work sought in central U.S.

03/19/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to perform field surveys with automated hydrographic surveying capabilities, mainly in the Corps' St. Louis District.

TLS Hydro Power Ltd.

UK company seeks US$3.7 million through bond initiative for small hydro projects

03/19/2015

TradeLink Solutions (TLS) Energy Group, based in Hertfordshire, England, is attempting to increase its affect on the European small hydro market by seeking US$3.7 million in investments through a bond initiative backed by Triodos Bank N.V. 

Pakistan again seeks turbine runner, wicket gates for 243-MW Warsak hydro project

03/19/2015

Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has issued a solicitation to rehabilitate a turbine runner and wicket gates of the 243-MW Warsak hydroelectric project on Pakistan's Kabul River. 

Kabeli-A hydro project proven sustainable

Sustainable practices proven during assessment of Kabeli-A hydropower project

03/18/2015

The 37.6-MW Kabeli-A hydropower project received scores of basic good practice or better on all of the 22 topics assessed under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, achieving proven best practice on half of them.

Muddy Run Pumped Storage Hydropower Plant

Final FERC EIS endorses relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects

03/18/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland

Mark Christian

Mark Christian: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

03/18/2015

Mark Christian will graduate this coming year from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a PhD in energy science and engineering in a program that is interdisciplinary and allows him to also conduct research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory while completing his degree.
 

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