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    Satellites could help Brazil's hydroelectric power operators forecast weather patterns

    04/23/2014

    Brazilian researchers have met to discuss the use of satellites to collect hydrometeorological data to better forecast weather-related events.

    U.S. seeks spillway channel excavation at Canton Lake Dam

    04/23/2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform the remaining excavation that will allow flows into a new auxiliary spillway at Canton Lake Dam on the North Canadian River in Oklahoma.

    Gimbel named Bureau of Reclamation deputy commissioner

    04/23/2014

    Jennifer Gimbel was named Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs in March, according to a release from the Bureau of Reclamation. 

    EPC contractor selects SediCon for Coca Coda Sinclair hydro project desanders

    04/23/2014

    Equipment manufacturer SediCon has been contracted to provide desanding units for Ecuador's 1,500-MW Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric plant.

    Comments sought on proposed environmental study of Pakistan's 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydro project

    04/23/2014

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks comments on a draft statement of work for an environmental and social impact assessment of Pakistan's proposed 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydroelectric project on the Indus River.

    World Bank provides loan for Burundi hydropower plants

    04/23/2014

    The World Bank has approved a US$100 million grant to the Republic of Burundi for the construction of two hydropower plants along the Jiji and Mulembwe rivers.

    California utility seeks design, engineering for 2.7-MW New Slab Creek hydro plant

    04/22/2014

    Sacramento Municipal Utility District seeks bids to provide owner's engineering services for development of the 2.7-MW New Slab Creek powerhouse in California.

    MHK is hydro…and here to stay

    04/22/2014

    I’ve had MHK on the brain for quite a while now. And for good reason. 


    Not only did I just come back from the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference in Seattle where I was immersed in wave and tidal energy knowledge for a week, I am involved in the development of the Wave, Tidal and In-Stream track at HydroVision International 2014. Between these two conferences, I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking, talking and writing about marine hydrokinetics and where it is headed in the coming years.


    One of the unique questions I heard while in Seattle was why I was there, as Hydro Review is, well, a hydroelectric power publication. “And MHK isn’t hydro.”


    To us, it is! And an important portion of our content and news coverage. 


    It’s not the first time someone has wondered what our connection to marine hydrokinetics is and I’m sure it won’t be the last. However, it does present the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the tie between conventional hydro and marine hydrokinetics as we see it, and further open the dialogue.


    The research and development happening in the marine hydrokinetic sector is incredibly exciting and an important component in the larger mix of energy generation worldwide. We see marine hydrokinetics as an important sector of energy generation that takes advantage of the coastal resources conventional hydropower cannot and provides clean, renewable, and vital energy. 


    As such, we cover it here on HydroWorld.com under the “Marine Hydrokinetics (MHK)” tab under Hydro Project Activity on the homepage. Here, we cover the news of the sector in North America and worldwide. We also are open to posting additional news, so please forward your press releases or content to our online editor Michael Harris (michaelh@pennwell.com) for consideration.


    We also print feature stories and a back-of-the-book news department about marine hydrokinetics in our North American magazine, Hydro Review, and our international magazine, HRW – Hydro Review Worldwide. As such, we would love to hear about your projects, arrays, and tests. Please tell me about them (bethanyd@pennwell.com)!


    Lastly, we have a stellar Wave, Tidal and In-Stream track at HydroVision International this year in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, that you will not want to miss. The track offers the unique opportunity to link experts in the marine hydrokinetic sector with utilities, product and service providers, and interested parties from the conventional sector, creating the opportunity for new business and stimulating dialogue between the two. 


    As an attendee of marine hydrokinetic events, I am incredibly excited to help put this track together. One session in particular that  I would recommend attending is Session 3G, held Thursday, July 24, from 8:30-10:00 AM. Entitled “Towards a Common Goal: Fostering Collaboration between MHK and Conventional Hydro,” this session will feature panelists addressing both the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between conventional hydropower and marine hydrokinetic technologies. Both sectors can benefit dramatically from a collaborative approach that includes sharing resources instead of competing for them. For more information about the other six sessions and to register, check out HydroEvent.com. 


    We are always looking for ways to improve our coverage of the marine hydrokinetic sector, and would love your help in that!


    Bhutan, India sign hydroelectric power development agreement

    04/22/2014

    The governments of India and Bhutan have signed an agreement for the joint development of a number of hydropower projects earlier today in capital city Thimphu.

    India utility seeks digital governors for 180-MW Baira Siul hydro project

    04/22/2014

    India's NHPC Ltd. seeks bids to replace existing governors with microprocessor-based digital governor systems at the 180-MW Baira Siul hydroelectric project in India's Himachal Pradesh State.

    Snohomish PUD could save millions with damless hydropower project

    04/22/2014

    The Snohomish County Public Utilities District No. 1 will be able to save itself US$10 million by not constructing a dam, weir or other barriers as part of a proposed 30 MW hydroelectric project on Washington's South Fork Skykomish River.

    U.S. extends bidding for operation and maintenance of 14-MW Philpott hydro project

    04/22/2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids from small businesses to provide operation and maintenance of the Corps' 14-MW Philpott hydroelectric project in Virginia.

    IDB rural electrification program could include hydroelectric power

    04/22/2014

    The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a US$20 million loan to Panama that could include hydroelectric power as part of an effort to electrify rural parts of the country.

    Corps awards contract for Isabella Dam stone processing, testing

    04/21/2014

    Santos Excavation Inc. has been awarded a US$823,075 contract to perform stone processing and aggregate testing at the site of the Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

    Developer announces public hearing on proposed Tulumayo 4 hydropower project

    04/21/2014

    Peruvian developer Egenjunin Tulumayo IV S.A.C. will hold a public hearing in May to meet socioeconomic requirements for the proposed Tulumayo 4 hydropower project.

    Canada utility seeks civil engineering for dams, other facilities

    04/21/2014

    Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids for a broad range of civil engineering services to its dams, hydroelectric projects and other facilities in Manitoba.

    DOE announces new opportunities for hydroelectric power technology developers

    04/21/2014

    The U.S. Department of Energy has made a pair of announcements designed to promote the development of hydroelectric power and other renewable energy technologies in support of the Obama administration's "all-of-the-above" plan.

    Italy utility seeks valves for 15.6-MW Mallero 1, 4.4-MW Mallero 2 hydro projects

    04/21/2014

    Italian renewable energy operator Enel Green Power S.p.A. seeks bids to supply replacement valves for 15.6-MW Mallero 1 and 4.4-MW Mallero 2 hydroelectric projects in Sondrio Province of Italy's Lombardy Region.

    In-Situ announces new water, temperature logger

    04/21/2014

    Technology developer In-Situ Inc. has announced the development of a new water level and temperature data logger.

    IFC provides funds for Nepal hydroelectric project development

    04/21/2014

    The International Finance Corporation has reportedly pledged to provide US$6 billion in financing for the development of hydroelectric power projects in Nepal.


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