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Hedcor wants to expand Filipino micro hydro portfolio

03/14/2013

Hedcor Inc. is looking to increase its micro hydro portfolio within the Philippines pending cooperation from the country's Department of Energy, company president Rene Ronquillo said at a hydropower development summit earlier this week.

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Murkowski reintroduces FERC hydropower licensing act

03/14/2013

Bipartisan legislation introduced today by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski continues the recent trend of proposals designed to increase domestic hydro development.

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Japan announces additional financing for Nepal's Tanahun hydroelectric plant

03/13/2013

The Government of Japan has agreed to provide more than US$157 million for Nepal's 140-MW Tanahun hydroelectric plant, as per an agreement signed earlier this week.

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Montana latest to propose revisions to state renewable energy policy

03/12/2013

An energy policy that would include hydroelectric projects amongst Montana's list of renewable resources eligible for energy credits has been introduced to the state's legislature, HydroWorld.com has learned.

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MWH Global Chairman and CEO to share insight at upcoming hydroelectric power event

03/11/2013

MWH Global President and CEO Alan J. Krause will serve as a keynote speaker for HydroVision International, the world's largest hydroelectric power conference and exhibition, sharing his insight gained from decades of experience working in the global hydropower industry.

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Chilean court stops 740-MW Punta Alcalde hydroelectric plant

03/06/2013

Progress on the 740-MW Punta Alcalde hydropower project has been halted after a Chilean appeals court ruled in favor of a fishing group's motion to stop it.

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House subcommittee reviews two hydro development resolutions

03/06/2013

The U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing yesterday on two resolutions that would change American energy policy to help spur hydroelectric development.

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Pakistan courts South Korea for hydro development

03/05/2013

Pakistan has as much as 60,000 MW of hydroelectric power potential, according to Federal Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, though the country will need foreign investors to develop its natural resources.

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ESHA kicking off small hydro campaign with dinner

03/05/2013

The European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA) is launching a new campaign it hopes will increase micro hydropower development with an event called "Getting to Know Small Hydropower" later this month.

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Canada improving dam safety with Bolsover replacement

03/04/2013

The Canadian government has awarded Metric Contracting Services Inc. a US$20.3 million contract to improve dam safety along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

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Obama makes nominations for government agencies

03/04/2013

President Barack Obama has submitted his nominations for new heads of the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, HydroWorld.com has learned.

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Reclamation announces new online resource for hydropower project developers

02/27/2013

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has developed a new website designed to assist hydropower project customers, stakeholders and those interested in developing hydro power under the Lease of Power Privilege process.

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Kazakhstan announces plan for hydro project, renewable development

02/22/2013

Kazakhstan will soon benefit from more than 200 MW of additional installed capacity produced by 17 new hydropower projects, according to a report produced by country's Ministry of Industry and New Technology.

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Hydroplant operator RusHydro announces consolidations, objectives for 2013

02/21/2013

Russian hydropower project operator JSC RusHydro has announced that it will reorganize the company's hydro engineering operations by consolidating its three subsidiaries into a unified operation.

Brazil

Hydro energy projects still king in Brazil

02/21/2013

Power produced by hydroelectric plants again accounts for the largest portion of the Brazil's total installed capacity, according to a report from Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL).

ZRA's 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project progressing with ZESA debt repayments

02/19/2013

Debts being paid to Zambia from the state-owned Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) should help pave the way toward construction of the 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project, sources have reported.

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International court sides with Indian hydroelectric plant developer in Neelum River dispute

02/18/2013

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has upheld India's right to divert water from a Neelum River tributary for its 330-MW Kishanganga hydropower project.

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Pakistani board reports on hydropower project progress

02/15/2013

A portfolio that includes 16 hydroelectric projects is expected to be online by 2020, according to a report given at the 92nd meeting of Pakistan's Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) this week

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U.S. House passes hydropower energy policy with unanimous vote

02/13/2013

America's hydroelectric power sector received a boost as House Resolution 267, also known as the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, received a unanimous 422-0 vote of approval before the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today.

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Syrian rebels take control of 824-MW Tabqa hydroelectric project

02/12/2013

A group of rebels have taken control of the 824-MW Tabqa hydroelectric project and the lake it impounds, sources have reported.

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