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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Hydro Development: A New Day

04/01/2008 In today’s environment of higher energy prices and incentives for clean energy, development of more than 75 hydro projects totaling 11,000 MW is being actively pursued in the U.S.

Morocco seeks construction of 412-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage

03/27/2008 Morocco utility Office National de l'Electricite invites expressions of interest in turnkey construction of the 412-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage project on Morocco's Issen River.

FERC EIS endorses new 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage

03/18/2008 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement endorsing the relicensing of the 647.726-MW Upper American River project, including construction of a new 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage development.

ICOLD 76th Annual Meeting: Focus on Dam Operations


Members of the International Commission on Large Dams meet in June in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the organization’s annual event.

Tech Notes

03/01/2008 Important hydro and dam safety technical news and study findings.

India developer extends tendering for 1,000-MW Tehri pumped-storage

02/28/2008 Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd. has extended tendering for engineering-procurement-construction of the 1,000-MW Tehri pumped-storage project on the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand State.

New Brookfield Power unit pursues 36 new U.S. hydro projects


Hydropower operator Brookfield Power is expanding into the development of new hydro projects in 15 states with the creation of a new affiliate, BPUS Generation Development LLC.

Ideas in Action: Protection Module Prevents Emptying of Surge Tank at Pumped-Storage Plant

12/01/2007 The 220-mw Luenersee pumped-storage plant was built in Austria in the early 1950s, to produce electricity during the day when demand was high and to pump water back into the reservoir at night when rates were low.

German utility orders runners for 80-MW Wendefurth pumped-storage

11/13/2007 Vattenfall Europe Generation AG has awarded a contract for supply of two spare turbine runners for the 80-MW Wendefurth pumped-storage project in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt State.

Improving Cooling Water Systems with Innovative Materials

11/01/2007 Within five years after commissioning of the 500-mw Wivenhoe pumped-storage plant, staff began experiencing problems related to corrosion in the cooling water pipes.

FERC certifies production tax credit for 452-MW Seneca Pumped- Storage

10/22/2007 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has certified incremental generation at the 451.8-MW Seneca Pumped-Storage project to be eligible for renewable energy production tax credits.

FERC staff supports proposed 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage

09/25/2007 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff says building the 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage development proposed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District would be in the public's interest and provide the California utility flexibility to help meet peak power needs.

Wind-powered pumped-storage project planned off Dutch coast

09/14/2007 A partnership of consultants, engineers, and designers proposes to build a wind-powered pumped-storage "energy island" off the coast of the Netherlands that would utilize commercially available hydropower generators.

India developer seeks EPC for 1,000-MW Tehri pumped-storage

09/03/2007 Tehri Hydro Development Corp. Ltd. seeks bids for engineering, procurement, and construction of the 1,000-MW Tehri pumped-storage project on the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand State.

Using a Jet Pump for Emergency Drainage

09/01/2007 Emergency drainage is an important consideration for underground powerhouses. Sump pumps are commonly used for this purpose, but they cannot operate in the event of a power failure.

Design and Construction Innovations

09/01/2007 While developing the new 194.2-mw Venda Nova II pumped-storage project in Portugal, Energias de Portugal, S.A. used several innovative civil engineering techniques to design and build the power tunnels, support the powerhouse cavern roof, and excavate the upper surge shaft.

Crab Creek reservoir site could include 392-MW pumped-storage plant

07/06/2007 Officials say Washington's most promising site for a Columbia River Basin off-channel reservoir, at Crab Creek, could support a pumped-storage project of up to 392 MW.

ON-LINE REPORT: India’s NHPC commissions 390-mw Dulhasti

07/01/2007 India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) reports it fully commissioned the 390-mw Dulhasti hydroelectric project on the Chandra River in Jammu and Kashmir State.

Bank to invest in Ukraine, including 500-MW Kaniv pumped-storage

06/15/2007 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has signed an agreement with the government of Ukraine to boost EBRD's public sector investment in Ukraine, including construction of a new pumped-storage project.

U.S. developer renews plan for Mount Hope pumped-storage

05/03/2007 The former licensee for the 2,000-MW Mount Hope pumped-storage project has renewed plans to develop the project at an inactive mine in New Jersey, but scaled back the project's capacity to 1,000 MW.

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