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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.

U.S. seeks turbine cavitation repair at 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam

01/27/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for turbine cavitation repair at the 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam hydroelectric project in northeast Missouri.

Hydro project operator TVA adds Quirk as executive vice president, general counsel

01/27/2015

Sherry Quirk has been named executive vice president and general counsel for hydro project operator Tennessee Valley Authority.

Canada utility extends call for crane, hoist services at B.C. hydropower projects

01/26/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to perform services to cranes and hoists at hydroelectric projects throughout the utility's system in British Columbia.

A few brief thoughts on the 2015 State of the Union address

01/26/2015

I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed in the rather vague mentions of American energy policy in President Barack Obama's most recent State of the Union address -- especially given his strong emphasis on securing a long-term energy future in State of the Union speeches past.

2015 NHA annual conference provides opportunities for hydroelectric power learning

01/26/2015

In the ebb and flow of one’s career, landmarks -- both large and small -- mark points of great development and achievement, and all are contained between your professional beginning and its end. 

U.S. DOE announces funding opportunity for renewable energy technology R&D

01/23/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a third open funding opportunity that will support up to US$125 million in research and development in a number of disciplines, including hydroelectric power.

Basin agency seeks design of two French reservoirs, possible hydro projects

01/23/2015

France's Adour River Basin agency seeks bids to design and manage construction of two reservoirs in the basin with possible development of hydro projects.

Fire starts in Asia’s only underground switchyard, housed at India’s 120-MW Sanjay Vidyut Pariyojna hydroelectric project

01/23/2015

Indian media sources say fire broke out in transformer units within the underground switchyard of the 120-MW Sanjay Vidyut Pariyojna hydroelectric project about 3:30 a.m. local time, Jan. 22, at the facility located in the district of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India.  

Canada utility seeks crane inspection, repair for Manitoba hydro projects

01/23/2015

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids for crane and hoist inspection and repair services for its hydroelectric projects in Manitoba.

Repairs to Nepal's 10-MW Sunkoshi hydropower plant estimated at more than US$2.4 million

01/22/2015

Repairs to the Nepal Electricity Authority's 10-MW Sunkoshi hydropower plant are estimated at about US$2.44 million following a landslide that damaged the project last August.

Energy Projects Director Wright retires from FERC; Miles named director

01/22/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Jeff Wright, director of FERC's Office of Energy Projects, is retiring in February, to be succeeded by Deputy Director Ann Miles.

Bomb threat received at 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project work site

01/22/2015

A bomb threat called into the construction site of the 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project on Jan. 19 forced authorities to evacuate the Manitoba Hydro property, according to reports by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). 

Renewable costs (including hydro) competitive with fossil, report finds

01/22/2015

The cost to generate power from renewable sources (including hydro) has reached parity with or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a recent press release from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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