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    A Hidden Consequence of California's Drought: It's Making Energy Dirtier

    03/25/2015

    Talk of the devastating effects of California's drought usually centers on agriculture, which lost $2.2 billion last year as a result of the historic water shortage. But the drought has also reshuffled the state's mix of energy sources, and the consequences aren't pretty, according to a new report from the Pacific Institute. In a normal year, California derives about 18 percent of its energy from hydroelectric dams on the state's rivers and reservoirs. But the energy output of these dams is dependent on how much water is available, and right now, those levels are shrinking unabated. Which means that since 2011, hydro-power's share of the state's energy pie has dropped by about a third. And to fill the gap, California's been relying on pricier and more environmentally harmful natural gas, which rose from 45 percent of the energy mix in 2011 to 61 percent in 2013. California in-state generation by source, 2013. Note: Additional electricity is generated in other states and sent to California, but details on the sources and variations due to drought are not available. (Pacific Institute) Hydro-power is much cheaper than other electricity sources, so losing it has meant a direct increase in costs to Californians.

    Agreements to advance development of 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant in Pakistan

    03/25/2015

    Three agreements were signed last week that should advance development of the 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant on the Poonch River in Pakistan.

    Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant

    03/25/2015

    The project involves the construction of a 1,300MW hydroelectric power plant.
    The project involves the construction of a 1,300MW hydroelectric power plant. It includes the construction of two roller-compacted concrete dams, a substation, an underground powerhouse with four reversible pumpturbines of 325MW each, access roads, and related infrastructure, the installation of two reversible pumpturbines and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.

    Voith awarded contract for 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage plant upgrades

    03/25/2015

    Equipment manufacturer Voith has been awarded a contract by owner Societe Electrique de lOur S.A. to modernize four motor-generators at the 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage hydropower plant in Luxemburg.

    Last of Beijing's thermal power plant to be closed in 2015

    03/25/2015

    • The four coal fired plants are to be replaced by equal number of gas-fired stations with more than double the power generation capacity
    • The phasing out of coal based power plants is part of China's larger plans to cut its coal consumption by 13 million tones per year (Mt/yr) by 2017
    • China is encouraging use of renewable including hydropower, solar and wind besides restart of its nuclear power programme
    Gas fueled power plants are soon slated to supply electricity in Beijing as China strives to cut down pollution levels in the capital with the fourth and last of the coal fired power plant - 845MW plant of China Huaneng Group Corp, slated to be phased out in 2016.

    Albanian electricity generation falls in 2014

    03/25/2015

    Electricity generation in Albania dropped by 32.1% y/y in 2014 to just 4,726 GWh, down from 6,959 GWh in 2013, according to the Albanian Institute of Statistics (Instat).

    Domestically produced electricity accounted for 60.6% of total electricity available for consumption during 2014.

    Hydropower production remained the main source of electricity within Albania, with power generation at hydropower plants also declining in 2014.

    According to Instat, state-owned hydropower plants accounted for 72.1% of domestic production, with independent power producers providing the remaining 27.9%.

    Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant

    03/25/2015

    The project involves the construction of a 1,300MW hydroelectric power plant.
    The project involves the construction of a 1,300MW hydroelectric power plant. It includes the construction of two roller-compacted concrete dams, a substation, an underground powerhouse with four reversible pumpturbines of 325MW each, access roads, and related infrastructure, the installation of two reversible pumpturbines and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.

    Nanayakkara Lakdas and Nanayakkara Pravin Obtain Patent for Deep Water Hydro-Electric Power System

    03/25/2015

    Publication Name: Electrical Patent News Patent Application Number: 14/299,832 Patent Publication Number: 8,987,932 International Patent Classification Codes: F03B 13/10 (20130101), F03B 17/00 (20130101), Y02E 10/20 (20130101), F05B 2240/97 (20130101), Y10S 415/916 (20130101) Patent Status: Granted

    Voith awarded contract for 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage plant upgrades

    03/25/2015

    Equipment manufacturer Voith has been awarded a contract by owner Societe Electrique de lOur S.A. to modernize four motor-generators at the 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage hydropower plant in Luxemburg.

    Hydro-electric plant construction work

    03/25/2015

    Contract award: Hydro-electric plant construction work
    Civil works of central and adjustment bar supply and installation of gates and regulating organs of handling, for the construction of new hydroelectric plant of Belfiore (VR) - Italy.

    Hydro going underground to remedy pole concerns

    03/25/2015

    A solution has been found to remedy the precarious location of a B.C. Hydro power pole near a residential development in Ladner Village.

    Hydro-electric plant construction work

    03/25/2015

    Contract award: Hydro-electric plant construction work
    Civil works of central and adjustment bar supply and installation of gates and regulating organs of handling, for the construction of new hydroelectric plant of Belfiore (VR) - Italy.

    NEA forms committee to mediate worker strike at 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydropower plant

    03/25/2015

    Officials are hoping that talks mediated by a four-member committee will allow construction to resume on Nepal's 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric plant and end a strike that began earlier this month.

    Agreements to advance development of 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant in Pakistan

    03/25/2015

    Three agreements were signed last week that should advance development of the 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant on the Poonch River in Pakistan.

    Earth Hour: Turn down the power and turn up the fun

    03/25/2015

    Celebrate Earth Hour with Toronto Hydro for a chance to win a $100 Visa prepaid card

    TORONTO, March 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Turning the lights out doesn't mean you can't have a good time.  Toronto Hydro is encouraging Torontonians to celebrate Earth Hour by "going off the grid" and throwing an Earth Hour party.

    Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant

    03/25/2015

    The project involves the construction of a 1,300MW hydroelectric power plant.
    The project involves the construction of a 1,300MW hydroelectric power plant. It includes the construction of two roller-compacted concrete dams, a substation, an underground powerhouse with four reversible pumpturbines of 325MW each, access roads, and related infrastructure, the installation of two reversible pumpturbines and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.

    Hydro going underground to remedy pole concerns

    03/25/2015

    A solution has been found to remedy the precarious location of a B.C. Hydro power pole near a residential development in Ladner Village.

    Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Meteorological Service Center, Guangxi Institute of Meteorological Disaster Mitigation and Guangxi Power Grid File Chinese Patent Application for Hydropower Station Drainage Basin Dividing and Face Rainfall Monitoring Method Based on GIS

    03/25/2015

    Publication Name: Energy Patent News Patent Application Number: CN20131717296 20131224 Patent Publication Number: CN103729692 (A) International Patent Classification Codes: G06Q10/04, G06Q50/06 Patent Status: Application

    Last of Beijing's thermal power plant to be closed in 2015

    03/25/2015

    • The four coal fired plants are to be replaced by equal number of gas-fired stations with more than double the power generation capacity
    • The phasing out of coal based power plants is part of China's larger plans to cut its coal consumption by 13 million tones per year (Mt/yr) by 2017
    • China is encouraging use of renewable including hydropower, solar and wind besides restart of its nuclear power programme
    Gas fueled power plants are soon slated to supply electricity in Beijing as China strives to cut down pollution levels in the capital with the fourth and last of the coal fired power plant - 845MW plant of China Huaneng Group Corp, slated to be phased out in 2016.

    North Umpqua Hydropower Project -- Criteria for Evaluating Future Hydropower Projects Using Federal Mitigation Funds is the Topic of a Public Meeting

    03/25/2015

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

    The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, April 2, to work on the strategic restoration plan for the federal mitigation fund established by the licensing of the North Umpqua Hydroelectric project.

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