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RusHydro, JSC Electric ink deal for hydroelectric development


Moscow-based utility JSC RusHydro and Kyrgyzstan's JSC Electric have announced a plan to develop four hydroelectric stations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Senate subcommittee hears testimony on hydropower development legislation


Members of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources heard testimony yesterday about legislation that could help expedite hydroelectric development along Bureau of Reclamation canals and ditches.

Indian official calling for improved hydropower development process


The chief minister in one of India's Himalayan states is hoping the country can work to streamline the hydropower development process.

Corps Hydroelectric Design Center seeks management study


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center seeks bids for development of an organizational management study of restructuring the center's Generic Maintenance Team.

Tennessee Valley Authority CEO and president retires


Tom Kilgore, chief executive officer and president of the Tennessee Valley Authority since 2005, announced his retirement effective at the end of 2012.

Conference Information: ICOLD Annual Meeting Coming to Seattle in 2013


For the first time in 25 years, a U.S. city will host the 81st Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams. Event organizers chose Seattle because of the important role hydropower and water resources played in the development of the Pacific Northwest.

Executive Interview: Viewpoints from the Board Room: Eletrobras of Brazil


Jose da Costa Carvalho Neto has been tapped by Brazil's President Dilma Vana Rousseff to run Eletrobras, one of the top 10 biggest publicly traded electric companies in the world. His task is to make Eletrobras the largest clean energy company system in the world by 2020.

Dam Safety: Hot Topics in Dam Safety


What are dam owners focused on with regard to safety? In the U.S., funding for dam safety work is a primary concern, and in Canada public safety around dams is an emerging topic.

Philippine Department of Energy to auction 40 mini-hydropower projects


The Department of Energy of the Philippines has announced plans to auction at least 40 prospective mini-hydro sites for exploration and development in the fourth quarter, has learned.

More than 120 Brazilian hydro projects could be stalled by environmental assessment concerns


A Brazilian federal court has ruled that environmental permits for 126 hydropower proposals in the Upper Paraguay River Basin cannot be issued without completing environmental impact assessments, has learned.

Work to resume at Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte electric plant


Just two weeks after a federal court shut down progress on the 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project, a Supreme Court decision has overturned this work stoppage.

South Africa, Congo sign draft treaty for 40,000-MW Grand Inga hydroelectric plant development


The Republic of South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo have approved a draft treaty that will allow for development of the 40,000-MW Grand Inga hydropower plant on the Congo River.

480 MW of hydroelectric power coming to southern Brazil


A pair of new hydropower plants will add more than 480 MW of combined capacity to Brazil's electrical system, has learned.

Chilean court orders 310-MW Tinguiririca hydropower project to comply with water use rights


The Chilean Supreme Court has ruled that the 155-MW La Confluencia and 155-MW La Higuera hydropower plants are operating in violation of local water use rights, has learned.

Field hearing held for H.R. 6247


A legislative field hearing held on the recently proposed "Saving Our Dams and Hydropower Development and Jobs Act of 2012" provided an opportunity for witnesses to explain the bill's benefits.

Resolution could lead to hydropower development along Crooked River in Oregon


An agreement to a long-standing dispute over water allocation from Oregon's Crooked River could lead to hydropower development at the state's Prineville Reservoir.

Inuit group unhappy with 3,064-MW Lower Churchill proceedings


A Canadian aboriginal group has vowed to halt progress of the 3,064-MW Lower Churchill hydroelectric project unless the government of Newfoundland and Labrador agrees to give it a share of its profits, has learned.

U.S. House passes Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act


The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012 has passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a unanimous, bipartisan 372-0 vote.

Canada, U.S. to examine long-standing Columbia River Treaty


Regulators from the U.S. and Canada are reviewing an international agreement that has stood for almost 50 years, has learned.

Canada's Bill C-38 passes both sides of Parliament


Legislation that will significantly affect the hydropower industry passed both houses of Canada's Parliament and received royal assent, turning the act into law.

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