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FERC approves formula for BPA curtailment of wind generation in favor of excess hydro

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a cost allocation method by which transmission operator Bonneville Power Administration may f...

FERC orders renew plans for pumped storage in California, Ohio

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled in two pumped-storage project cases, allowing one preliminary permit holder to refile to study a...

NMFS Central Valley salmon recovery plan includes 76 FERC hydro projects

The National Marine Fisheries Service has filed an endangered salmon and steelhead recovery plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that...

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DR Congo seeks staff recruitment for agency to promote Inga hydropower complex

10/29/2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from firms to recruit staff for the agency tasked with development and promotion of the estimated 42,000-MW Inga hydroelectric complex on the DRC's Congo River.

EU on track to meet 2020 renewable energy targets

10/28/2014

Greenhouse gas emissions within the European Union fell by almost 2% between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU close to its 2020 reduction target, according to data released this week by the European Environment Agency.

Brazil state grants environmental license to 807.5-MW Tres Irmaos hydro project

10/28/2014

State environmental regulator Companhia Ambiental do Estado de Sao Paulo has issued an environmental operating license to a unit of Triunfo Participacoes e Investimentos S.A., allowing it to operate the 807.5-MW Tres Irmaos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tiete River.

FirstEnergy seeks renewable energy credits including hydro for Ohio utilities

10/27/2014

FirstEnergy Corp. has issued a request for proposals to provide renewable energy credits from generating sources including hydropower, on behalf of its Ohio utilities, Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, and Toledo Edison.

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Investing in European hydropower

10/27/2014

News that a Dutch pension fund asset manager and an alternative investment manager have formed a partnership to invest a targeted €500 million in the acquisition and development of European hydro plants signals a major shift in the perception of hydropower as an investment class.

FERC approves formula for BPA curtailment of wind generation in favor of excess hydro

10/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a cost allocation method by which transmission operator Bonneville Power Administration may fund the costs of reimbursing wind power projects whose generation is curtailed to make room on the grid for free excess federal hydropower resulting from high river flows in the Columbia River Basin.

Ameren Missouri 20-year plan includes adding 28 MW of hydropower

10/21/2014

Although dominated by additions of wind power and natural-gas-fired generation, Ameren Missouri's latest 20-year integrated resource plan proposes adding 28 MW of hydropower from 8 MW of unit upgrades and possibly 20 MW of new generation at existing unpowered dams. 

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On the road in Canada

10/19/2014

There are a number of reasons I'm very much excited about sitting here at the White Oaks Resort in Niagara on the eve of the Ontario Waterpower Association's annual Power of Water Canada conference -- the least of which should be poutine.

Government & Regulatory Policies

DR Congo seeks staff recruitment for agency to promote Inga hydropower complex

10/29/2014 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest f...

EU on track to meet 2020 renewable energy targets

10/28/2014 Greenhouse gas emissions within the European Union fell by almost 2% bet...

Brazil state grants environmental license to 807.5-MW Tres Irmaos hydro project

10/28/2014 State environmental regulator Companhia Ambiental do Estado de Sao Paulo...

On the road in Canada

10/19/2014 There are a number of reasons I'm very much excited about sitting here a...

Energy Incentives

FirstEnergy seeks renewable energy credits including hydro for Ohio utilities

10/27/2014 FirstEnergy Corp. has issued a request for proposals to provide renewabl...

Investing in European hydropower

10/27/2014 News that a Dutch pension fund asset manager and an alternative investme...

Rhode Island renewables legislation advances development, use of hydropower

10/15/2014 Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed renewable energy legislation...

Increased study requirements, loss of DOE backing end Admiralty Inlet tidal pilot project

10/10/2014 Snohomish County Public Utility District announced it is abandoning plan...


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