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Raising of California's San Vicente Dam complete

07/18/2014

The San Diego County Water Authority has completed a raise of the San Vicente Dam, adding 152,000 acre-feet of water storage capacity to the reservoir.

EIB provides loan for Austrian pumped-storage hydropower project

07/10/2014

Austria's state-owned utility Illwerke AG has received a US$381 million loan from the European Investment Bank to support construction of the Obervermuntwerk 2 pumped-storage hydropower project according to a contract signed in Bregenz.

Hawaiian co-op expresses interest in small hydro, pumped-storage projects

07/09/2014

Power generated by a new Gay & Robinson Inc. small hydropower project on Lauai's Olokele Ditch will be purchased by the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, according to a tentative agreement from the co-op's board of directors.

Indonesia seeks pump-turbines, generators for 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan pumped-storage

07/07/2014

Indonesia utility PT PLN Persero invites applications for pre-qualification to supply pump-turbines, generator-motors and auxiliary equipment for the 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan pumped-storage hydroelectric project in Indonesia.

Baden-Wurttemberg official visits Voith to learn more about pumped-storage capabilities

07/03/2014

A study commissioned by Voith Hydro is prompting German officials to consider pumped-storage hydroelectric power as an important means of short-term energy storage.

FERC relicenses 336-MW Cabin Creek Pumped-Storage, issues two more licenses in May

07/02/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed the 336-MW Cabin Creek Pumped-Storage project, issued original licenses for small projects in New York and Idaho, and received applications for two more projects in Alaska and Oregon during May.

FERC licenses 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project

06/25/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an original license to the 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project, proposed for an inactive iron mine in Riverside County, Calif.

Indonesia seeks hydraulic metal works for 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan pumped-storage

06/06/2014

Indonesia utility PT PLN Persero invites applications for pre-qualification to supply hydraulic metal works for construction of the 1,040-MW Upper Cisokan pumped-storage hydroelectric project in Indonesia.

Scottish Renewables calls for UK pumped-storage development

06/04/2014

European trade organization Scottish Renewables has announced a call for a new body intended to examine the potential of pumped-storage hydroelectric power within the United Kingdom.

Study shows potential for pumped-storage hydropower project in Queensland

05/29/2014

A study released this week by Leyshon Resources Ltd. shows potential for an up to 40 MW pumped-storage hydroelectric plant at Mount Leyshon in Queensland.

Philippines could get 1,200 MW of new hydroelectric power capacity

05/21/2014

Four new hydropower projects could give the Philippines more than 1,200 MW of additional capacity.

NYPA recognized for efforts in controlling greenhouse gases

05/13/2014

The New York Power Authority has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a Climate Change Award for its efforts to control and monitor greenhouse gas.

SMUD awards owner's engineer contracts for Iowa Hill pumped-storage project

05/07/2014

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has selected a number of companies to provide owner's engineers services for its proposed 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage hydroelectric plant.

U.S. seeks firms to replace generator-motor stators at 600-MW Carters Dam

04/17/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to manufacture replacement stator components at Carters Pumped-Storage facility, part of the 600-MW Carters Dam hydroelectric project in Georgia.

NYPA releases annual report

04/16/2014

The 2013 Annual Report released by the New York Power Authority earlier this week reveals that the utility is in a strong financial position and a leading provider of low-cost electricity.

New York Power Authority to relicense 1,160-MW pumped-storage hydro facility

04/11/2014

The New York Power Authority filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 10 a notice of a plan to seek a new license for the 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project.

Canadian developer eyes Alberta pumped-storage hydropower projects

04/07/2014

Canadian company Turning Point Generation has announced its plan to develop an 80 MW to 150 MW pumped-storage hydropower project in Alberta.

German utility seeks to upgrade pump-turbines, equipment at 1,050-MW Markersbach pumped-storage

03/27/2014

Vattenfall Europe Generation AG seeks bids for upgrade and repair of pump-turbines and other equipment of the 1,050-MW Markersbach pumped-storage project on Germany's Mittweida River.

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03/20/2014

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Illwerke selects Alstom to supply generators, exciters for Obervermuntwerk 2 pumped-storage project

03/18/2014

Vorarlberger Illwerke AG has awarded Alstom a contract to supply two generators and exciters for the Obervermuntwerk 2 pumped-storage hydropower plant in Montafon, Austria.


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