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Hydroelectricity included in IRENA's "Age of Renewable Power" report


A report presented by the International Renewable Energy Agency emphasizes conventional and pumped-storage hydroelectric power's role in supporting the development of national roadmaps for integrating green resources.

U.S. plans industry day for dam safety construction at Isabella Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled an industry day to discuss a major dam safety modification project at Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

Brookfield buys Holtwood, Wallenpaupack

Brookfield Renewable to acquire Holtwood, Wallenpaupack hydro stations in Pennsylvania


Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners has reached an agreement to acquire the 252-MW Holtwood and 40-MW Wallenpaupack hydro stations from Talen Energy.

Bank seeks water atlas of 'watertower of West Africa'


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a water atlas of the resources of Guinea's Fouta Djallon Highland, dubbed the "watertower of West Africa" since it is the source of several major rivers in the region.

Control systems company American Governor opens Sao Paulo office


Hydroelectric control systems manufacturer and servicer American Governor Company has opened a new office in Sao Paulo for its Brazilian subsidiary American Governor do Brasil.

U.S. seeks bids for dam safety reinforcing berm, rim stabilization at 135-MW Center Hill Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to construct a dam safety reinforcing berm and left rim stabilization at 135-MW Center Hill Dam in Tennessee.

NRC to fund inland and offshore MHK turbine development


The National Research Council of Canada, through its Industrial Research Assistance Program, is providing financial support to Canada-based Instream Energy Systems, and IT Power Consulting (ITP), based in Bristol, UK, to develop a floating tidal turbine platform.  

RusHydro commissions 100-MW Gotsatlinskaya hydroelectric project


The 100-MW Gotsatlinskaya hydropower project on the Avarskoye Koisu River in Dagestan has been commissioned and permitted to sell electricity to the wholesale market, according to Russian energy giant RusHydro.

India utility seeks HM, EM works for rehabilitation of 180-MW Baira Siul hydro project


India's NHPC Ltd. seeks bids for hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical works for renovation and modernization of the 180-MW Baira Siul hydroelectric project in India's Himachal Pradesh State.

India's NHPC names new chairman, managing director


Indian National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. has named Shri K.M. Singh as its new chairman and managing director.

Corps extends call for water resources consulting services


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydrologic Engineering Center has extended the deadline for bids to provide water resources consulting services to analyze and anticipate emerging water resources trends and issues. 

Commissioner Moeller to leave FERC at end of October


Commissioner Philip D. Moeller announced Oct. 6 in intends to leave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the end of October.

India developer extends construction call for 2,000-MW Subansiri Lower hydro project


India's NHPC Ltd. has extended the deadline for bids to construct civil works of the powerhouse complex of the 2,000-MW Subansiri Lower hydroelectric project on the Subansiri River in India's Arunachal Pradesh State.

SCEMD reports 9 dams breached from 1,000-year rain event in South Carolina


After the highest rainfall levels ever recorded, from weather affected by Hurricane Joaquin, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is monitoring 18 dams and reporting that nine dams have breached.

U.S. sets site visit on generator step-up transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a site visit on a request to supply 19 transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

Corps awards contract for Chief Joseph hydropower plant gate maintenance


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $15.8 million contract to Garco Construction Inc. to perform spillway gate lifecycle maintenance at the 2,620-MW Chief Joseph hydroelectric plant in Washington.

IFC signs services agreement for hydroelectric development with Myanmar


World Bank Group member, International Finance Corp., in September signed an advisory services agreement with the government of Myanmar to help improve environmental and social risk management in hydropower projects, according a press release from the IFC.  

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Weather watching


GCube, the renewable energy sector insurance underwriter, has launched a new Weather Risk Transfer mechanism to provide renewable energy project owners with a means to mitigate the financial impact of resource volatility. In this case the product covers wind and rain – or perhaps more accurately, a lack thereof.

Canada utility seeks spare generator stator for 133-MW Great Falls hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to design, supply and assemble a spare generator stator for the 133-MW Great Falls hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

Hydroelectric power, other renewables emphasized at G20 summit


A meeting of Group of Twenty energy ministers in Istanbul earlier this month affirmed a collective belief in renewable energy -- including hydroelectric power -- amongst the major economies that constitute the international forum.

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