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FERC revokes license for failure to build fish passage at 687-kW East Juliette hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has revoked the hydropower license of the 687-kW East Juliette hydroelectric project due to the licensee's...

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...

Latest Regulation & Policy News

Massachusetts eyes net electricity metering by small hydropower projects

10/31/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects.

Ownership vs. The Greater Good; SCC ruling will affect new development projects

10/30/2014

In its June 14 ruling on Tsilhqot’in First Nation People v. British Columbia (2014 SCC 44), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) allowed a declaration of “Aboriginal title” for the Tsilhqot’in Nation over a tract of land in the interior of British Columbia. This is the first decision in Canada granting Aboriginal title.

Odebrecht gets concession for Peru's 600-MW Chadin 2 hydropower plant

10/30/2014

The Peruvian government has granted Oderbrecht's AC Energia a definitive concession for the 600-MW Chadin 2 hydropower project.

The more things change …

10/30/2014

Here at PennWell’s Hydro Group, we’re a small team. So, as you can imagine, when the team is incomplete, it creates chaos in terms of work flow and productivity. 

FERC revokes license for failure to build fish passage at 687-kW East Juliette hydro project

10/30/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has revoked the hydropower license of the 687-kW East Juliette hydroelectric project due to the licensee's failure over 12 years to construct required fish passage at the Georgia project.

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.

Government & Regulatory Policies

Massachusetts eyes net electricity metering by small hydropower projects

10/31/2014 The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a tech...

Ownership vs. The Greater Good; SCC ruling will affect new development projects

10/30/2014 In its June 14 ruling on Tsilhqot’in First Nation People v. British Colu...

Odebrecht gets concession for Peru's 600-MW Chadin 2 hydropower plant

10/30/2014 The Peruvian government has granted Oderbrecht's AC Energia a definitive...

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...

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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