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    Chinese firm's pleas against re-tendering of project rejected

    11/23/2014

    The Peshawar High Court has dismissed two identical petitions of a Chinese construction company against the retendering of two hydropower projects in Swat and Chitral districts by the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (Pedo).

    Canada: BC LNG Update - BC Government Establishes LNG Electricity Pricing

    11/22/2014

    On November 4, 2014, the BC Government enacted the Domestic Long-Term Sales Contracts Regulation, which requires BC Hydro to establish a program for long-term sales contracts for electricity to LNG facilities within six months, and sets the minimum prices to be paid by LNG facilities for electricity under such agreements. On the same day, LNG Canada also became the first of BC's proposed LNG facilities to enter into a long-term power agreement with BC Hydro for the provision of electricity for its auxiliary power needs. It is expected approximately 20% of the site load (about 200 MW) will be served by BC Hydro power, with the remainder via "direct drive" processes.

    The Regulation provides potential investors with an additional measure of cost certainty and should assist them in pricing out projects as they move towards final investment decisions. Under the Regulation, the combined energy and demand charge for LNG facilities will be $83.02 per megawatt hour (MWh) for 2014, significantly in excess of the $54.34/MWh average industrial rate quoted in government news releases.

    Aerial Mulching Operations to Begin in King Fire Burned Area

    11/22/2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Eldorado National Forest - issued the following news release:

    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) are about to begin a joint project that will drop straw mulch from helicopters over approximately 1,200 acres of Eldorado National Forest land that burned with moderate to high intensity during the recent King Fire. The purpose of the project is to protect critical infrastructure from potentially severe post-fire erosion that may occur with winter storms. The infrastructure at risk includes Eleven Pines Road, which serves as the primary route from Highway 50 to the northern end of the Eldorado National Forest, and the Brush Creek and Slab Creek reservoirs, which are integral to SMUD's hydroelectric facilities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The project is targeted to begin the week of November 24 and is expected to take two weeks to complete, but the actual timeframe will be weather dependent. "This is a great example of the outstanding collaboration we've had during all phases of the King Fire," said Eldorado Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.

    Canadian Intellectual Property Office granted patent to BRITISH COLUMBIA HYDRO AND POWER AUTHORITY on November 18 titled as "FUEL CELL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM"

    11/22/2014

    Canadian Intellectual Property Office has granted patent no. CA 2548595, on November 18, 2014, to BRITISH COLUMBIA HYDRO AND POWER AUTHORITY, titled as "FUEL CELL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM"

    Major fire at Kashmir power project

    11/22/2014

    Srinagar, Nov. 20 -- A major fire Thursday damaged the Uri hydro power project in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district.

    Aerial Mulching Operations to Begin in King Fire Burned Area

    11/22/2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service unit - Eldorado National Forest - issued the following news release:

    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) are about to begin a joint project that will drop straw mulch from helicopters over approximately 1,200 acres of Eldorado National Forest land that burned with moderate to high intensity during the recent King Fire. The purpose of the project is to protect critical infrastructure from potentially severe post-fire erosion that may occur with winter storms. The infrastructure at risk includes Eleven Pines Road, which serves as the primary route from Highway 50 to the northern end of the Eldorado National Forest, and the Brush Creek and Slab Creek reservoirs, which are integral to SMUD's hydroelectric facilities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The project is targeted to begin the week of November 24 and is expected to take two weeks to complete, but the actual timeframe will be weather dependent. "This is a great example of the outstanding collaboration we've had during all phases of the King Fire," said Eldorado Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.

    IBN endorses Arun III PDA

    11/22/2014

    KATHMANDU, Nov. 22 -- The board meeting of Investment Board Nepal (IBN) has endorsed the Project Development Agreement (PDA) for the Arun III Hydropower Project.

    IBN board gives nod to Arun-III PDA with rider

    11/22/2014

    KATHMANDU: The board of directors of the Investment Board Nepal has approved the final draft of the Project Development Agreement on 900-megawatt Arun-III hydroelectric project on condition that a few amendments be made to the pact.

    The conditional endorsement was extended by the IBN's board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala this evening.

    IBN board gives nod to Arun-III PDA with rider

    11/22/2014

    KATHMANDU: The board of directors of the Investment Board Nepal has approved the final draft of the Project Development Agreement on 900-megawatt Arun-III hydroelectric project on condition that a few amendments be made to the pact.

    The conditional endorsement was extended by the IBN's board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala this evening.

    No 10,000MW by 2020

    11/22/2014

    The target of harnessing 10,000 Megawatt of electricity from the hydropower sector is unachievable said the economic affairs minister during 13th press meet yesterday. "Looking at the situation currently we are quite sure that 10,000 mw by 2020 is not achievable," Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said.

    Power utility slammed for its 'excessive' wages; Energy board halves rate increase sought by publicly owned firm

    11/22/2014

    The Ontario Energy Board has taken an axe to Ontario Power Generation's request for a rate increase, slashing it by more than half.

    Among the cuts: The energy board denied OPG permission to build planned wage and benefit increases of $100 million a year into its rates during each of 2014 and 2015.

    "This reduction relates directly to what the Board finds to be excessive compensation, and it applies to both the nuclear and hydroelectric businesses," the decision says.

    Power utility slammed for its 'excessive' wages; Energy board halves rate increase sought by publicly owned firm

    11/22/2014

    The Ontario Energy Board has taken an axe to Ontario Power Generation's request for a rate increase, slashing it by more than half.

    Among the cuts: The energy board denied OPG permission to build planned wage and benefit increases of $100 million a year into its rates during each of 2014 and 2015.

    "This reduction relates directly to what the Board finds to be excessive compensation, and it applies to both the nuclear and hydroelectric businesses," the decision says.

    Canada: BC LNG Update - BC Government Establishes LNG Electricity Pricing

    11/22/2014

    On November 4, 2014, the BC Government enacted the Domestic Long-Term Sales Contracts Regulation, which requires BC Hydro to establish a program for long-term sales contracts for electricity to LNG facilities within six months, and sets the minimum prices to be paid by LNG facilities for electricity under such agreements. On the same day, LNG Canada also became the first of BC's proposed LNG facilities to enter into a long-term power agreement with BC Hydro for the provision of electricity for its auxiliary power needs. It is expected approximately 20% of the site load (about 200 MW) will be served by BC Hydro power, with the remainder via "direct drive" processes.

    The Regulation provides potential investors with an additional measure of cost certainty and should assist them in pricing out projects as they move towards final investment decisions. Under the Regulation, the combined energy and demand charge for LNG facilities will be $83.02 per megawatt hour (MWh) for 2014, significantly in excess of the $54.34/MWh average industrial rate quoted in government news releases.

    Croatia's HEP to invest 2.1 bln kuna (273.7 mln euro) in HPP upgrades by 2019

    11/22/2014

    ZAGREB (Croatia), November 21 (SeeNews) - Croatian state-owned energy utility HEP said on Friday it plans to invest 2.1 billion kuna ($341.2 million/273.7 million euro) in the revitalization of its hydro power stations (HPPs) by 2019.

    Croatia's HEP to invest 2.1 bln kuna (273.7 mln euro) in HPP upgrades by 2019

    11/22/2014

    ZAGREB (Croatia), November 21 (SeeNews) - Croatian state-owned energy utility HEP said on Friday it plans to invest 2.1 billion kuna ($341.2 million/273.7 million euro) in the revitalization of its hydro power stations (HPPs) by 2019.

    Canadian Intellectual Property Office granted patent to BRITISH COLUMBIA HYDRO AND POWER AUTHORITY on November 18 titled as "FUEL CELL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM"

    11/22/2014

    Canadian Intellectual Property Office has granted patent no. CA 2548595, on November 18, 2014, to BRITISH COLUMBIA HYDRO AND POWER AUTHORITY, titled as "FUEL CELL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM"

    IBN endorses Arun III PDA

    11/22/2014

    KATHMANDU, Nov. 22 -- The board meeting of Investment Board Nepal (IBN) has endorsed the Project Development Agreement (PDA) for the Arun III Hydropower Project.

    No 10,000MW by 2020

    11/22/2014

    The target of harnessing 10,000 Megawatt of electricity from the hydropower sector is unachievable said the economic affairs minister during 13th press meet yesterday. "Looking at the situation currently we are quite sure that 10,000 mw by 2020 is not achievable," Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said.

    JSW buys 300-MW Baspa II, 1,091-MW Karcham Wangtoo hydroelectric plants in India for US$1.8 billion

    11/21/2014

    JSW Energy Ltd. (JSW) and Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd. (JPVL) executed an acquisition deal worth about US$1.8 billion for two of three power-generating facilities listed on a Sept. 24, binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The 100% acquisition of two plants was executed in Mumbai, in the district of Maharashtra, India, on Nov. 15.

    Vietnam: Minister clarifies industry and trade issues

    11/21/2014

    Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang held a National Assembly Question and Answer session in Hanoi on November 17, easing concerns over the underperformance of large-scale hydropower plants, support industry and the crackdown on smuggling and counterfeits.

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