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Proof for investors: Top 25 performing utilities include companies with hydroelectric facilities

03/25/2015

In 2013, according to published reports, a record US$36.6 billion in green bonds was issued as investors worldwide increasingly added utilities to their portfolios, utilities that also operate hydroelectric plants. Information released by SNL Financial indicates power and diversified utilities, some of which operate hydropower projects, rank amongst the top 25 most profitable companies that have utility operations by recurring earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) margin for 2014. 

Brazil’s drought brings water supply to near zero capacity at hydroelectric facilities

01/28/2015

Brazil is experiencing a debilitating drought as the nation endures the driest period since South America’s most populous country began keeping records in the 1930s. As a result of the arid conditions, reservoir levels and lake water flow to hydroelectric facilities that supply power to Brazil’s most densely populated city of Sao Paulo are nearing zero capacity.  

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Brazil’s hydroelectric facilities almost dry due to drought

10/29/2014

Opinions vary and scientific data mounts as to why Sao Paulo, Brazil, is experiencing one of the country’s most severe droughts in recorded history. But, all affected by the drought agree – many of the hydroelectric facilities that serve Sao Paulo are below 10% capacity. 

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DOE report explores relationship between water and power generation

06/20/2014

A new U.S. Department of Energy report focuses on the connections between water and its role in energy production and generation, including hydroelectric power.

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20 for 20: Celebrating 20 Years of HydroVision International

06/19/2014

To celebrate HydroVision International's 20th year, HydroWorld.com will highlight a facet of the upcoming conference and exhibition in each of the 20 days leading to the event.

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DOE still accepting solicitations for hydroelectric power, MHK notices of intent

06/19/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy & Renewable Energy is still accepting solicitations for three notices of intent designed to fund research in both the marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and conventional hydroelectric power fields.

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Pennsylvania announces grant program for hydroelectric power, renewable development

06/12/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and the state's Department of Environmental Protection have announced a new grant and loan program designed to encourage the deployment of renewable generating technologies, including hydroelectric power.

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Hydro Tasmania invites public to take part in company's centennial celebration

06/11/2014

Australian utility Hydro Tasmania has invited the public to help the company celebrate its 100th anniversary.

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Scottish Renewables calls for UK pumped-storage development

06/04/2014

European trade organization Scottish Renewables has announced a call for a new body intended to examine the potential of pumped-storage hydroelectric power within the United Kingdom.

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NYPA recognized for efforts in controlling greenhouse gases

05/13/2014

The New York Power Authority has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a Climate Change Award for its efforts to control and monitor greenhouse gas.

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Duke Energy watching Brazil as droughts continue to affect hydroelectric power

05/09/2014

United States-based Duke Energy is keeping a close eye on its Brazilian hydroelectric power assets in anticipation of potential energy rationing, CEO Lynn Good said earlier this week.

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Drought continues to threaten Brazilian hydroelectric power operators

05/05/2014

With less than 40 days remaining before the country takes center stage as host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazilian hydropower power operators are facing a severe drought that makes energy rationing an increasing likelihood.

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05/05/2014

It was said that when the State of Oklahoma asked its favorite son, Will Rogers, if they might sculpt his likeness for inclusion in the United States Capitol's statuary, the cowboy from Oolagah gave his consent only on the condition that his statue face the House chamber so he could "keep an eye on Congress."

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Site C hydropower project clears CEAA environmental review

05/02/2014

Development of BC Hydro's Site C hydropower project is moving forward after the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Joint Review Panel completed a review earlier this week.

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NHA recognizes outstanding hydroelectric power industry achievements

05/01/2014

The National Hydropower Association has recognized six companies through its Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters awards program for positive contributions attributed to their hydroelectric projects.

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U.S. has 65 GW of untapped hydroelectric power potential, DOE report says

04/29/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released a new renewable energy resource assessment that estimates as much as 65 GW of new hydroelectric power capacity could be developed across more than three million American rivers and streams.

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DOE unveils ambitious plan for long-term hydroelectric power development

04/29/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy today unveiled a plan ultimately designed to dramatically increase American hydroelectric capacity in the coming decades.

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Four legislators honored by NHA for hydroelectric power advocacy

04/28/2014

The National Hydropower Association awarded four members of Congress with NHA Legislator of the Year awards for their roles in championing hydroelectric power legislation through the House and Senate.

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California hydroelectric power operator names new CEO

04/24/2014

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has announced the selection of Arlen Orchard as its new general manager and chief executive officer, effective April 12.

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Satellites could help Brazil's hydroelectric power operators forecast weather patterns

04/23/2014

Brazilian researchers have met to discuss the use of satellites to collect hydrometeorological data to better forecast weather-related events.

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