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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.

Wind-Hydro Integration: Pumped Storage to Support Wind

06/01/2009 Spanish utility Iberdrola is building the 852-MW La Muela 2 pumped-storage plant to help firm the variability of its more than 4,200 MW of wind capacity in the country. The utility sees pumped storage as the best option for supporting other renewables.



Perspectives: Bravo, Steven Chu!

04/01/2009 At a “clean energy summit” held in Washington, D.C., in February, Dr. Chu was a panelist, along with a Who’s Who of notables that included Bill Clinton, Al Gore, T. Boone Pickens, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the chief executive officers of Wal-Mart and the Sierra Club ... and 19 others.

Innovations in Placing Reservoir Lining Save Time and Money


The 600-MW Kyogoku pumped-storage project is under construction on the Bihinai and Pepenai rivers in Japan.

Improving the Flow of Work At Rocky Mountain

03/01/2009 Oglethorpe Power Corporation uses the workflow application in its Maximo asset management system to manage all operations and maintenance work performed at the 846-MW Rocky Mountain pumped-storage project in Georgia.

Products, Services, and Information You Can Use

03/01/2009 Superbolt Inc. offers solutions to bolting problems that can occur when bolts are removed from, and installed in, hydro plant equipment.

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