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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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CEO roundtable set to deliver hydro sector insights


One of the most exciting sessions scheduled for the forthcoming International Hydropower Association World Congress in Kuching, Malaysia, is the Chief Executive Officer roundtable in which the heads of some of the world’s most influential hydro companies explore the central theme of what is modern hydropower?

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Senate committee approves Obama's Department of Energy nomination


The U.S. Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved President Barack Obama's selection to head the Department of Energy by a 21-1 vote, has learned.

FERC rulemaking to advance cyber security for bulk electric system


The Federal Energy Regulatory has issued a proposed rulemaking to update Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards by expanding cyber security standards for the bulk electricity system, including hydroelectric projects.

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Preliminary guide for world's largest hydroelectric power event available online now


Those planning to attend the world's largest event dedicated to the hydroelectric power industry can get a head start on their scheduling with the HydroVision International 2013 Preliminary Event Guide.

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Reclamation's FY 2014 budget request includes dam safety, environmental management allocations


President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget request released this past week identifies a total of US$1.05 billion for the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation.

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International Hydropower Association announces list of confirmed World Congress speakers


The International Hydropower Association will feature a number of high-level executives, heads of organizations and other important decision makers at its 2013 World Congress.

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Senate confirms Jewell as new Secretary of the Interior


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


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


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, has learned.

Mozambique seeks river control consultant, hydro-mechanical expert


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


ASCE gives America's dams "D" grade


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

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