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Hawaii’s 100% renewable energy goal by 2045 includes marine hydrokinetic generation


Sweden, Estonia, and Bulgaria have already met the European Union’s renewable energy development goals each country said it would meet by 2020. Now, Hawaii is among the growing lists of states in America that is raising the renewable energy bar that will include generating hydroelectricity. 

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RusHydro, China Three Gorges Corp. sign agreement to operate Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydro plant


JSC RusHydro and China Three Gorges Corp. have signed an agreement on cooperation with a view to establishing a joint venture for operation of the 320-MW Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydro plant.

Nepal’s 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric project suffers “settlement”


Nepal’s Electricity Authority has released a list of earthquake damaged state- and independently-owned hydroelectric projects that includes the US$664 million 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric facility being constructed on Nepal’s Tamakoshi River. 

HydroVision International 2015

HydroVision International 2015 offers special program for power producers


Qualifying members of the hydroelectric power sector are once again eligible to take part in the Power Producer Training Program, giving them discounted access to HydroVision International 2015.

SunEdison adds South American hydroelectric power to portfolio


SunEdison Inc. has completed a deal that includes the acquisition of five renewable energy project portfolios and several corporate platforms, giving the U.S.-based developer its first hydroelectric power interests in Brazil.

Canada utility seeks switchgear for 695-MW Keeyask hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to supply switchgear and bus duct for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project being built on the Lower Nelson River in Manitoba.

NYPA's John Suloway earns Henwood Award


The National Hydropower Association recently recognized John Suloway as the 2015 recipient of its Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award, bestowed for a "lifetime of achievement" in the hydroelectric power industry.

Panama's 29-MW Barro Blanco hydro project in limbo as government searches for new developer


Panama's federal government has said that it will work with project financiers to replace Generadora del Istmo S.A. (Genisa) as developer of the 29-MW Barro Blanco hydropower project due to repeated environmental and social concerns.

Brazilian tribes join in opposition of hydropower development


Hundreds of members from four indigenous Amazonian tribes have formed an alliance to oppose a number of hydropower projects planned or already under-construction on Brazil's Teles Pires, Juruena and Tapajos rivers.

Green bonds and traditional funding combine to finance hydroelectric projects


As funding needs increase for all types of hydroelectric and additional renewable energy infrastructure -- so called green projects -- money from municipalities and federal jurisdictions may likely combine with green bonds from private investors to complete project-finance. 

GDF Suez announces corporate rebranding, becomes ENGIE


French utility and global hydropower plant operator GDF Suez has announced it has changed its name to ENGIE.

NHA recognizes five companies as Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters


Five companies have been recognized by the National Hydropower Association as recipients of its Outstanding Stewards of America's Water awards program for positive excellence in recreational, historical, environmental or educational value.

Site C leader resigns

Yurkovich steps down from role as Site C manager for BC Hydro


Susan Yurkovich, executive vice president, Site C Clean Energy Project for BC Hydro, resigned her position Wednesday, according to multiple news sources.

Karot dam to be built in Pakistan

Karot in Pakistan to be first hydropower project financed by China’s Silk Road Fund


The 720-MW Karot hydropower project in Pakistan will be the first project financed by China’s $40 billion Silk Road Fund, according to The New York Times.

Pakistan again extends pre-qualification for civil works at 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydro project


Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has further extended the pre-qualification deadline for major civil works construction of the 2,160-MW Dasu Stage 1 hydroelectric project on Pakistan's Indus River.

NHA announces new executive committee, board members


The National Hydropower Association introduced new officers and board members during its annual conference in Washington, D.C., earlier today, ushering in a new wave of organization leadership.

“Blue Gold” Report details new hydroelectric possibilities within existing infrastructure


Earlier today, at the 2015 National Hydropower Association (NHA) annual conference in Washington, D.C., the Hydro Research Foundation (Foundation) released its report, “Blue Gold: Building new hydropower with existing infrastructure generating hydropower's future” (Blue Gold).  

DOE Hydropower Market Report

U.S. DOE releases first-of-its-kind Hydropower Market Report


The U.S. Department of Energy announces availability of its 2014 Hydropower Market Report, the first ever report to quantify the current size, scope and variability of hydropower supplies in the U.S.

2015 NHA annual conference begins in Washington, D.C.


Jeff Leahey, deputy executive director of the National Hydropower Association expresses his optimism about what is happening this week in the Nation's capital during the NHA's annual conference.

Earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands may have an effect on hydroelectric facilities


A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that originated in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25, may have caused significant damage to hydroelectric facilities and additional power producing infrastructure, according to published reports.

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