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India's 330-MW Alaknanda hydropower plant enters commercial operation


Indian infrastructure group GVK has put the first unit at its 330-MW Alaknanda hydropower plant into commercial operation, following synchronization with the country's northern grid earlier this month.

CHA partnership with Canadian society

CHA partnership with Royal Canadian Geographical Society to be detailed at Forum on Hydropower


The Canadian Hydropower Association is partnering with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the exact details of this partnership will be announced on May 14, 2015, at the CHA Forum on Hydropower.

Canadian Spotlight


The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

Yahoo, Google speak at NHA conference

NHA brings Microsoft, Yahoo into the hydropower discussion


Representatives of Microsoft and Yahoo are going to participate in the hydropower discussion at the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference later this month.

OWA Helps Further Aboriginal Access to Engineering


The Ontario Waterpower Association is demonstrating -- through its involvement in a program called Aboriginal Access to Engineering -- its organizational view that all people in Ontario have a stake in waterpower.

Regulatory Landscape for U.S. Hydro -- What Lies Ahead?


Ever wished you had a crystal ball to look at the potential future of the regulatory landscape? A veteran hydro attorney provides a glimpse into the possible future of U.S. hydropower, based on regulatory, judicial and legislative actions ongoing or expected in 2015.

Perspectives: Is Your Cup Half Empty or Half Full?


One of my hydropower industry mentors, Carl Vansant (the previous editor-in-chief of this publication), often pointed out to me: "When a glass is halfway filled with liquid, is it half full or half empty? You get to decide.

Dam workers killed in Pakistan

At least 20 workers killed at dam construction site in Pakistan


The Balochistan Liberation Front is claiming responsibility for the shooting deaths of at least 20 workers who were building a dam in Balochistan Province in southwestern Pakistan. Three other workers were wounded.

Funding for hydropower technology research

U.S. government funding available for low-impact hydropower technology R&D


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced a $7 million funding opportunity titled Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development.

FERC draft EIS endorses relicensing 103.5-MW Merced River, 3.4-MW Merced Falls hydro projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 103.5-MW Merced River and 3.4-MW Merced Falls hydroelectric projects on the Merced River in California.

Let’s talk about money


Money. It makes the world go ‘round.

Chinese ministry stops 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project


A letter sent by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection to the China Three Gorges Corporation has halted development of the country's 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project.

AIIB will use its US$50 billion to help spur hydroelectric development in Asia


With 35 nations signing on as founding members, Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has a reported US$50 billion foundation from which it plans to spur infrastructure projects in developing Asian countries with projects that include hydroelectric facilities.

Hydro-Quebec names interim president, CEO


Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec's Board of Directors has selected present executive Lise Croteau to serve as its acting president and CEO, effective May 2.

Nile Basin agency seeks studies of 350-kW Nyimur hydro project in Uganda, South Sudan


The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform feasibility studies and environmental and social impact studies of the 350-kW Nyimur multi-purpose hydroelectric project in the Aswa River Basin on the border of Uganda and South Sudan.

Assessing Demand and Opportunities in Asia: The 2015 World Hydropower Congress


Led by China, with 300 GW in installed hydro capacity, Asia is experiencing a boom in hydropower development. In May, many of the world's leading figures in water and energy will gather in Beijing for the 2015 World Hydropower Congress.

World News


News on the global hydroelectric industry from March-April 2015

Burundi seeks more social, environmental assessments of 31.5-MW Jiji, 16.5-MW Mulembwe hydro projects


Burundi's water and electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform additional social and environmental assessments of the 31.5-MW Jiji and 16.5-MW Mulembwe hydroelectric projects being developed in Burundi's Bururi Province. 

CWCB seeks more than US$27 million for new dams, civil structures and hydroelectric facilities


By 2050, the Colorado River Basin could need access to between 62,000 and 101,000 acre-feet of water. According to the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), to meet this requirement several projects are needed that include new dams, expanded reservoirs and rehabilitated hydroelectric facilities.  

UNEP report quantifies small hydro investment

Report quantifies contribution of small hydro to global renewables investments


According to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015 report, 2014 brought a rebound of green energy investments worldwide, surging 17% to $270.2 billion. This reversed the investment dip of the past two years. In addition, renewables (excluding large hydro) reached 100 GW of installations.

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