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Colorado agency making allocations for small hydro development


The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is hoping to create a "small hydropower roadmap" for the state's agriculture through its Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy (ACRE) program.

Cameroon seeks Sanaga Basin water resources management including hydropower


Cameroon utility Electricity Development Corp. (EDC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a framework for integrated water resources management in the Sanaga River Basin, site of more than half of Cameroon's 13,700 MW of hydropower potential.

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Senate confirms President's Secretary of Energy nominee


The U.S. Senate unanimously approved nominee Ernest Moniz as the nation's new Secretary of Energy with a 97-0 vote in favor earlier today.

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Hydroelectric project developers receive extension from Panama utility regulator


The Panama Hydroelectrical Development Company has received an extension from utilities regulator Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Publicos (Asep) to complete work on the 28-MW Santa Maria hydroelectric project.

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Chinese environmental ministry approves massive Shuangjiangkou hydropower project


China's Ministry of Environmental Protection has approved what could become the country's tallest hydropower plant, despite concerns regarding the project's impact on plants and rare fish.

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Court upholds ruling in Cabin Creek hydropower project case


In a case involving a deadly accident in 2007, three vendors hired by an Xcel Energy subsidiary to do work at a hydroelectric power facility in Colorado have had an earlier legal victory upheld by the Colorado Court of Appeals.

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World's largest hydroelectric power event earns industry honors


HydroVision International -- the world's largest event dedicated to the hydroelectric power industry -- has again been recognized by Trade Show Executive as one of the fastest-growing tradeshows in the United States.

Senate Energy Committee passes hydroelectric power bills to full Senate for voting


Three pieces of hydroelectric power legislation have received unanimous approval from the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, positioning them for voting in the full Senate.

Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project on hold again


Work at the controversial Belo Monte hydropower plants has been delayed once more as representatives from a number of indigenous groups have occupied one of the project's three construction sites.

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Industry expert discusses upcoming International Hydropower Association World Congress


Dr. Cecilia Tortaada, President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, recently took time to discuss the International Hydropower Association 2013 World Congress with HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide Chief Editor David Appleyard.

Mexico approves revised hydropower project regulatory policies


Mexico's congress has changed its renewable energy and energy transition law to include larger hydroelectric projects in the country's definition of "renewable", provided they satisfy a certain criteria.

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Study will evaluate two Manitoba Hydro project proposals


The Manitoba government has announced the terms of reference that will be used to evaluate Manitoba Hydro's proposal to build two new hydropower projects in the province's northern region, has learned.

Chicken Soup for the Hydropower Soul


Those who remember NBC's Saturday Night Live of the early 1990s undoubtedly recall Al Franken, who, after serving as both a cast member and writer for the show, has since become a New York Times best-selling author, a talk show host, and, most recently, a United States Senator from Minnesota.

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IHA to highlight hydroelectric power sustainability at upcoming 2013 World Congress


With the International Hydropower Association's 2013 World Congress just a few weeks away, the organization said attendees will be able to learn from practical case studies prepared by IHA's sustainability experts during a number of focus sessions and side meetings.

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OWA releases film documenting hydropower project's development


The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) -- a Canadian hydroelectric power advocacy group -- has released a new documentary that highlights partnerships between First Nation groups and hydropower developers.

Senate Energy Committee receives testimony on hydroelectric power legislation package


Four pieces of legislation that could significantly improve the landscape for American hydroelectric power development took another step forward earlier this week by appearing before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Chu leaves Department of Energy while Moniz awaits confirmation


As of April 22, Steven Chu has served his last day at the Department of Energy (DOE) as its secretary.

When is the last time you saw this much legislation favorable to hydro?


I am so excited for the U.S. hydropower industry right now!

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Support for hydroelectric power strong, Wyden and McMorris Rodgers tell NHA audience


More than 500 attendees at the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference roared to their feet as Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers took to the podium during the event's opening session earlier today.

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