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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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Alstom receives turbine order for Uganda's 600-MW Karuma hydropower plant


Chinese engineering and construction company Sinohydro has awarded Alstom a US$65 million contract to provide equipment and technical services for Uganda's Karuma hydropower plant.

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Nile Lakes states pre-qualify firms to build, equip 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydro project


Nile Equatorial Lakes states invite applications for pre-qualification to carry out civil works, hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment, a transmission line and switchyard of the proposed 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River.

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Kuwait provides US$32 million for Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum hydropower plant


A deal signed in Islamabad will see the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) provide an additional US$32 million for Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum hydropower plant.

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Mead & Hunt receives award for work on Mahoning Creek hydro development


Mead & Hunt has received a 2015 Engineering Excellence State Finalist Award from ACEC Wisconsin for its work on the 6-MW Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Project.

Commissioning of turbines at Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau nearing halfway point


Nearly half of the 50 turbine units at Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower project have been commissioned, according to a report released this week by operator GDF Suez SA of France.

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Norway's Statkraft moves to take majority interest in Chilean hydropower company


European energy producer Statkraft has agreed to purchase a majority stake in Chilean hydropower company Empresa Electrica Pilmaiquen S.A.

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Tajikistan seeks design, procurement, construction of 3,600-MW Rogun hydroelectric project


The agency developing Tajikistan's 3,600-MW Rogun hydroelectric project invites expressions of interest in the design, procurement and construction of Rogun on Tajikistan's Vakhsh River.

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Reorganization takes place at Canadian utility BC Hydro


The chief executive officer of BC Hydro, Jessica McDonald, has reorganized the company’s executive team, creating new business units and promoting former Executive Vice President Chris O’Riley to deputy CEO. This is according to reports by multiple Canadian news sources. 

Nepal extends deadline for design, supervision of 335-MW Upper Arun, 30-MW Ikhuwa Khola hydro projects


Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to provide detailed engineering design and construction supervision of the 335-MW Upper Arun and 30-MW Ikhuwa Khola hydropower projects.

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