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KIUC gets go-ahead for 25-MW Hawaiian pumped-storage proposal

11/18/2014

Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources has given its unanimous approval in principal to the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) for a 25 MW pumped-storage hydropower project on the island's west side.

Chris Schleicher: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

11/18/2014

Chris Schleicher will graduate this fall with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. Chris graduated Cum Laude at York College of Pennsylvania with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, and completed a MS in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in 2012.

Morocco pre-qualifies builders for 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage

11/17/2014

Morocco utility Office National de l'Electricite et de l'Eau Potable (ONEE) invites applications for pre-qualification for turnkey construction of the 350-MW Abdelmoumen pumped-storage project on Morocco's Issen River (Oued Issen).

RusHydro, Chinese conglomerates sign deals for conventional, pumped-storage development

11/10/2014

Energy giant RusHydro has announced the signing of two agreements with Chinese businesses that could lead to the development of five hydroelectric power projects in Russia.

NYPA gets hydro equipment delivery for Blenheim-Gilboa, announces upgraded credit rating

11/07/2014

Two generator step-up transformers for New York Power Authority’s 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project reached the plant after the last leg of their journey from where they were manufactured overseas, the authority reports.

Alstom to outfit China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong pumped-storage plant

11/03/2014

The Hainan Pumped Storage Power Generation Co. Ltd. awarded a US$71.14 million contract to Alstom to equip China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong pumped-storage hydropower plant.

Keith Martin: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

10/27/2014

The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower.  These students are funded through the Department of Energy’s Water Power Program and industry partners through a five year US$3.7 million dollar grant.

FERC orders renew plans for pumped storage in California, Ohio

10/16/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled in two pumped-storage project cases, allowing one preliminary permit holder to refile to study a California project, and issuing a new permit for another project in Ohio.

U.S. seeks impeller replacements, stator rewinds at 314-MW Keys Pump-Generating hydro plant

09/30/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to supply impeller replacements and stator rewinds at the 314-MW John W. Keys III Pump-Generating plant at Grand Coulee Dam.

Wales developer wins funding for initial work at 49.4-MW Glyn Rhonwy Pumped-Storage

09/29/2014

Wales developer Quarry Battery Co. announced its Snowdonia Pumped Hydro unit has received 3 million pounds (US$4.8 million) in private funding for initial work at the 49.9-MW Glyn Rhonwy Pumped-Storage project near Llanberis in Wales.

How Advanced Pumped-Storage Technologies Contribute to the System

09/26/2014

Pumped-storage technologies are ideally suited to support integration of variable renewables.

RusHydro completes stabilization work on 840-MW Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant

09/24/2014

Russian energy giant JSC RusHydro has completed stabilization work on the Zagorskaya 2 pumped-storage plant.

Voith wins award for Lam Ta Khong pumped-storage plant expansion

09/19/2014

The Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand has awarded a contract worth US$64.3 million to Voith Hydro to supply electro-mechanical equipment for an expansion of the 500-MW Lam Ta Khong pumped-storage hydropower plant.

Bank seeks study update of proposed 680-MW Bistrica Pumped-Storage project

09/03/2014

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform updated market and financial studies for the 680-MW Bistrica Pumped-Storage project proposed for Serbia's Uvac River.

Duke files to relicense 876.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydro project

08/28/2014

Duke Energy filed an application Aug. 27 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to relicense its 867.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydroelectric project in South Carolina and North Carolina.

FERC licenses 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage as part of California hydro project

08/20/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized construction of the 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped-storage development as part of relicensing the 637.3-MW Upper American River hydroelectric project in California.

FERC draft EIS backs relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects

08/13/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

HydroVision International 2014 Attendee Choice Awards announced

08/11/2014

The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines announced the HydroVision International 2014 Attendee Choice Award recipients during the recent event's closing luncheon.

California utility celebrates 30th year of 1,212-MW Helms Pumped-Storage

08/05/2014

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is celebrating the 30th birthday in August of the 1,212-MW Helms Pumped-Storage project on North Fork Kings River in California.

Hawaii developer to seek EPC contractors for pumped-storage project

08/04/2014

Paniolo Power Co. LLC plans to issue a request for qualifications in September seeking an engineering-procurement-construction contractor to develop a pumped-storage hydroelectric project on Parker Ranch in Hawaii.

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