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Mark Christian: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation


Mark Christian will graduate this coming year from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a PhD in energy science and engineering in a program that is interdisciplinary and allows him to also conduct research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory while completing his degree.

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Serbia grants permit for 33.1-MW Brodarevo 2 hydropower plant


The Serbian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy has granted a location permit to Reservoir Capital Corp. for the construction of the 33.1-MW Brodarevo 2 hydropower plant.

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Bhutan extends calls for construction, equipment for 118-MW Nikachhu hydropower project


The government of Bhutan and its development units have extended the deadlines for civil construction and hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment for the 118-MW Nikachhu hydroelectric project to be built on Bhutan's Nikachhu River. 

Cameroon prequalifies seven for Lom Pangar hydropower plant construction


The Cameroon government has released a list of seven companies pre-qualified to construct a 30 MW hydropower plant at Lom Pangar Dam, which is being built on the country's Sanaga River.

Burundi pre-qualifies firms to construct 31.5-MW Jiji, 16.5-MW Mulembwe hydro projects


Burundi's water and electric utility invites applications for pre-qualification to construct the 31.5-MW Jiji and 16.5-MW Mulembwe hydroelectric projects in Burundi's Bururi Province. 

Indian “environmental clearance” pending for 20 hydroelectric projects totaling 11,000 MW


India’s Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed questions from members of Parliament on March 11, with regard to plans for the development of 20 hydroelectric projects. The projects, awaiting environmental clearance from the State or Union territory Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), would have a total installed capacity of 11,000 MW. 

FERC seeks experts to serve on hydro licensing dispute resolution panels


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requests applications from resource experts to serve on hydropower licensing study dispute resolution panels as part of FERC's integrated licensing process. 

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The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

How Composite Materials Can be Used for Small Hydro Turbines


Composite materials are making inroads in construction of equipment for the hydroelectric power industry. An investigation into material strength and other criteria reveals many more applications, particularly for small and micro units.

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America's non-hydro renewables outpace hydroelectric power through 2014


The net generation of America's non-hydroelectric renewable resources eclipsed conventional hydropower for the first year-long period in the nation's history in 2014, according to a report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration this month.


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Bolivia seeks study of 1,600-MW El Bala hydropower project


Bolivia utility Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a site identification study for the 1,600-MW El Bala hydroelectric project proposed for Bolivia's Beni River.

Perspectives: The New Face of Hydroelectricity


In early February 2015, the public television station, PBS, on its news program NewsHour, aired a segment on hydropower

World Bank “Action Plan” developed to address resettlement issues


On March 4, the World Bank released a report, “Action Plan: Improving the Management of Safeguards and resettlement practices,” in response to “internal World Bank reports that identified serious shortcomings in the implementation of its resettlement policies.”  

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Nepal seeks geotechnical, hydropower engineers for 900-MW Upper Karnali hydro project


The Investment Board of Nepal invites expressions of interest from engineering geology and geotechnical engineers and hydropower engineers to advise development agencies on construction of the 900-MW Upper Karnali hydro project on Nepal's Karnali River.

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Study: Hydroelectric power popular -- but underused -- in Europe


Hydroelectric power remains a significant component in Europe's energy transition, according to a survey completed by research agency TNS Emnid on behalf of Voith Hydro.

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Update: Premier weighs in on labor dispute for Site C hydro project in Canada


British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has instructed Jessica McDonald, executive officer of BC Hydro, to change the contract terms for the 1,100-MW Site C hydro project to allow unions to organize at the construction site.

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Information-sharing center studied for waterpower in Canadian province of Ontario


The Ontario Waterpower Association has awarded a contract to complete a feasibility study for the proposed Waterpower Reference Centre.

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Bank seeks financial, engineering audit of Kyrgyzstan's 360-MW Kambarata 2


The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a financial and engineering audit of a project to install a second generating unit at the 360-MW Kambarata hydroelectric project in Kyrgyzstan.

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Mega First signs agreement for development of Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos


Mega First Corp. Bhd. has signed an agreement with Laotian utility Electricite du Laos to regulate its participation in developing the 240- to 360-MW Don Sahong hydropower project.

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International Hydropower Association debuts Young Researcher Award


The International Hydropower Association has established a new award, called the Young Researcher Award, to recognize and reward emerging talent in the hydropower sector.

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