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Senate confirms Jewell as new Secretary of the Interior

04/11/2013

Sally Jewell has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next Secretary of the Interior, having received an 87-11 vote in favor.

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Federal budget explores sale of hydroelectric power producer TVA

04/11/2013

President Barack Obama's administration seems willing to explore the possibility of privatizing the government-owned Tennessee Valley Authority, according to the 2014 federal budget proposal released by the White House this week.

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Two hydroelectric power development bills now in Senate hands

04/10/2013

A pair of bills designed to improve the conditions for American hydroelectric power development have each passed the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming margins of support, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Mozambique seeks river control consultant, hydro-mechanical expert

04/10/2013

Mozambique's national water directorate invites expressions of interest from consultants to help monitor international river control agreements and to serve as hydro-mechanical specialist on a water resources development expert panel.

FERC issues three exemptions, receives one application in March

04/09/2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued three hydropower license exemptions totaling 578 kW and received an application for another exemption of 292 kW in March.

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International Hydropower Association announces World Congress schedule

04/08/2013

The International Hydropower Association has released the program schedule for the IHA World Congress, which takes place May 21-24, 2013, in Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Interior recommends removal of four Klamath River hydroelectric projects

04/05/2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior has released its final evaluation of the potential removal of four PacifiCorp-owned hydroelectric projects along the Klamath River in southern Oregon and northern California.

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Droughts affecting Vietnamese hydroelectric power provider

04/02/2013

Hydropower projects in Vietnam's central Quang Nam province are being asked to discharge water to help decrease the effects of severe drought.

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International Hydropower Association announces IHA World Congress

04/02/2013

Members of the hydroelectric power community will convene in May for the International Hydropower Association's World Congress for discussions concerning hydropower development around the world.

Promoting Growth: Six Steps to Advancing Hydropower Development

04/01/2013

Coordination between the agencies involved in hydroelectric project licensing can add considerable cost and difficulty to the process and sometimes can discourage new development. The author - a former director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects - proposes six steps that could simplify the process and turn attention back to hydro.

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Department of Energy seeks partners for marine power impact research

03/28/2013

A competitive funding opportunity announced by the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Water Resource Program is designed to help reduce market barriers commonly faced by the marine and hydrokinetic technology industry.

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ASCE gives America's dams "D" grade

03/27/2013

A report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives America's dams an overall grade of D.

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EPRI report confirms hydroelectric power's value to U.S. transmission grids

03/27/2013

A paper published by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) seeks to quantify the value of hydroelectric power ancillary services for electric grids.

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Brazil sends troops to ensure safety at 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project

03/26/2013

A request by Brazilian Minister of Mining and Energy Edison Lobao has led to the deployment of troops at the 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydroelectric plant.

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NYPA hydroelectric power allocation leads to New York jobs creation

03/25/2013

Hydroelectric power allotments announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will lead to more than 200 new jobs and US$190 million in capital investments.

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New FiT band benefits small hydro development in U.K.

03/25/2013

Small hydropower project developers are hopeful that the 100-500 kW hydro band introduced earlier this month to the United Kingdom's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme will help stimulate renewable production growth.

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IHA, hydroelectric power sector observe U.N.'s World Water Day

03/22/2013

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is calling upon the hydroelectric power sector to use World Water Day as an opportunity to extol the virtues of hydropower as a means of managing water resources throughout the world.

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Senate committee approves Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Interior

03/22/2013

President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the U.S. Department of the Interior passed the first hurdle on the way to confirmation yesterday with a 19-3 bipartisan vote in her favor.

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Albania approves concessions for 127.6 MW Shala River hydropower project

03/21/2013

Power developer Shala Energy sh.p.k. has signed a concession agreement with the Republic of Albania's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energyto develop a 127.6 MW hydroelectric project on the Shala River.

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Revised energy policy passes House Natural Resources Committee

03/20/2013

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has passed the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act with a bipartisan 17-12 vote earlier today.

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