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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.

Austria utility to build 350-MW Reisseck 2 pumped-storage

04/02/2007 Austria utility Verbund announced plans March 30 to build a 350-MW Reisseck 2 pumped-storage project in Austria.


04/01/2007 Deborah Linke retired in January 2007 after more than 35 years in the power industry.

South Africa's Braamhoek pumped-storage becomes 1,333-MW Ingula

03/21/2007 South Africa utility Eskom Holdings Ltd. renamed four power projects March 20, including the 1,333-MW Braamhoek pumped-storage project, indicating the plants have progressed sufficiently and received required authorizations.

Goldisthal Pumped-Storage Plant: More than Power Production

03/01/2007 The 1,060-mw Goldisthal pumped-storage plant features two variable-speed (asynchronous) motor-generators – the first-ever application of this type of equipment in a large hydroelectric project in Europe.

Generator upgrade ordered for German pumped-storage plant

02/02/2007 Schluchseewerk AG of Germany has awarded a contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to refurbish a 300-MVa motor-generator at the 1,270-MW Hotzenwald pumped-storage complex on the Rhine River.

U.S. irrigation districts study 880-MW Don Pedro pumped-storage

11/27/2006 Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts are studying the feasibility of building a 440-MW or 880-MW Don Pedro pumped-storage project at Don Pedro Reservoir, south of Sonora in Tuolumne County, Calif.

Developers compete for California pumped-storage site

10/17/2006 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to consider competing applications from developers who want to study the feasibility of building and operating a Sworinger Reservoir pumped-storage project in California.

Korea dedicates 1,000-MW Yangyang pumped-storage

09/13/2006 Korean officials dedicated the 1,000-MW Yangyang pumped-storage plant September 12 at Yangyang in Gangwon Province.

Pumped-storage component considered for Hawaii wind project

08/02/2006 Shell WindEnergy Inc. is considering including hydropower from pumped storage as a component in its first wind farm in Hawaii.

Upgrade ordered for German pumped-storage plant

02/24/2006 Schluchseewerk AG of Germany has awarded a 2.6 million euro (US$3 million) contract to VA Tech Hydro to refurbish a 118-MVa motor-generator at the 1,350-MW Hotzenwald/Unterstufe Sackingen pumped-storage project on the Rhine River.

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