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

07/08/2009

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

07/07/2009

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

07/06/2009

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

07/01/2009

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

07/01/2009

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

06/30/2009

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

06/18/2009

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

06/08/2009

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.

Briefings

05/01/2009

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.

HRW Briefings

03/01/2009

Innovations in Placing Reservoir Lining Save Time and Money

03/01/2009

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

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.

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.

Energy secretary urges pumped storage investment to support grid

02/25/2009 Energy Secretary Steven Chu is calling for increased investment in pumped-storage hydropower to support an expanded electricity transmission grid that will carry a greater share of intermittent generation from wind and solar sources.

UPDATE - Lesotho power program includes 1,000-MW pumped-storage

02/09/2009 The government of Lesotho plans to recruit suppliers and consultants for an electricity supply program focusing on renewable energy including mini-hydropower projects, as well as study of a 1,000-MW pumped-storage project.

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