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Engineering contract awarded for Nant de Drance project


AF Colenco, a subsidiary of AF Group, has been awarded a contract worth 27 million euros (US$39 million) to provide engineering services for a pumped-storage project in Switzerland.

1,000-MW pumped-storage project planned for Switzerland


Swiss energy company Raetia Energie AG said it will build a 1,000-MW pumped-storage project in Switzerland.

Indonesia seeks consultants for 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist with land acquisition and resettlement for the 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan pumped-storage hydroelectric project in Indonesia.

Chu pledges to push hydropower


Hydropower capacity in the United States could be doubled with minimal impact to the environment, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said during a recent White House forum in Pennsylvania.

Final phase of Blenheim-Gilboa rehab project begins


New York Power Authority said it has entered the fourth and final phase of a four-year, $135 million program to modernize and extend the life of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped-Storage project.



TURBINES & MECHANICAL COMPONENTS: Equipment Innovations Improve Operations, Decrease Costs


Owners of three hydro projects in Europe are saving money and/or increasing operational efficiency through innovations in design and selection of turbines and other mechanical components.

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Ukraine seeks protection, controls for eight hydro plants


Ukraine utility OJSC UkrHydroEnergo seeks bids to supply protection and control systems for eight hydroelectric projects and the utility's hydro dispatching center.

Barnard begins work to increase height of California's San Vicente Dam


Barnard Construction Co. began preliminary foundation work in June 2009 for a project to add 117 feet to the 220-foot-tall San Vicente Dam in Southern California, the world’s largest dam heightening project using roller-compacted concrete.

Romania seeks consultants to advance 1,000-MW Tarnita-Laputesti


Romania utility SC Hidroelectrica SA seeks bids from consultants to help select investors and establish a development company for the 1,000-MW Tarnita-Laputesti pumped-storage project on Romania’s Somes River.

Chairman admits nerves as RusHydro lists on London exchange


The head of RusHydro, the world's second largest hydropower producer, admitted to nerves while awaiting the first trades of his company's Global Depositary Receipts on the London Stock Exchange.

FERC conferences explore grid system challenges


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it will convene technical conferences in September to explore emerging challenges to the nation’s transmission system and to examine transmission planning processes.

U.S. offers $32 million to upgrade conventional hydro projects


Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that $32 million in economic stimulus money is being offered to deploy hydropower upgrades at non-federal hydroelectric projects of all sizes.

STICKY WICKETS: Light It Up! Illuminating Workplaces during Outages

07/01/2009 For years, during major maintenance outages at its 636-MW Smith Mountain pumped-storage project, American Electric Power (AEP) personnel struggled with poor visibility because of inadequate lighting.

ENERGY STORAGE: Opportunities for Pumped Storage: Supporting Renewable Energy Goals

07/01/2009 Pumped-storage hydro is an ideal option for firming the variability of other renewable power sources, such as wind and solar.

U.K. utility proposes two major pumped-storage projects


United Kingdom utility Scottish and Southern Energy plc proposes building two new pumped-storage projects of 300 to 600 MW each on the Great Glen, which bisects Scotland from Inverness to Fort William.

New York restarts third unit at 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa


New York Power Authority announced June 17, 2009, it refurbished and returned to service a third unit of the four-unit, 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped-Storage project in the Northern Catskill Mountains of New York.

Austria's Verbund acquires 13 hydro plants from Germany's E.ON

06/11/2009 Austrian utility Verbund has agreed to acquire 13 hydroelectric projects on the Inn River, totaling 312 MW, from German utility E.ON.

Northwest governors back BPA call for pumped storage study


The governors of four Pacific Northwest states have urged Energy Secretary Steven Chu to approve requests by Bonneville Power Administration for funding to study pumped-storage hydropower sites to support intermittent renewable resources.

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