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World's largest hydroelectric power event announces support of six industry-leading associations


HydroVision International 2013 -- the largest hydroelectric power conference and exhibition in the world -- has gained the support of six industry-leading associations for its 2013 event in Denver, Colo., USA.

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Senate committee approves plan for 50 kW micro hydro plant in Alaska's Denali National Park


A bill allowing for the construction of a 50 kW micro hydropower project in Alaska's Denali National Park was unanimously approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this week, has learned.

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Hedcor wants to expand Filipino micro hydro portfolio


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


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


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


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, has learned.

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


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


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


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


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.


ESHA kicking off small hydro campaign with dinner


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


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


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

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Reclamation announces new online resource for hydropower project developers


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


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


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.


Hydro energy projects still king in Brazil


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


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


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


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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