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Voters shut down 1.05-MW Castle Creek hydropower scheme


Colorado voters nixed Aspen's long-delayed 1.05-MW Castle Creek hydropower project, with those opposing the plan holding about a 51.4% advantage over those in favor.

400-MW Lower Sesan 2 hydroelectric plant gets Cambodian approval


Cambodia's 400-MW Lower Sesan 2 hydropower project has been given the go-ahead from the country's government, has learned.

Corps' aging hydroelectric infrastructure underfunded, new report says


A report from the National Research Council's Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources, Engineering and Planning concludes that the federal government is underfunding hydropower projects.

SSE Renewables gains local support for 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage plant


The controversial 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage scheme scored a victory earlier this week by gaining support from the Scottish Highland Council, has learned.

Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls jumps in expected cost


Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project will come with a larger price tag, Premier Kathy Dunderdale told a group in St. John's earlier this week.

Corps releases final impact study for California's Isabella Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental impact statement for the Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

Sales from 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa expected to increase through 2013


Sales from Mozambique's 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant are expected to increase by 4.4% in the next year, according to figures provided in the country's Economic and Social Plan for 2013.

Reclamation announces finalized LOPP requirements


The Bureau of Reclamation has finalized its Lease of Power Privilege (LOPP) Processes, Responsibilities, Timelines and Charges Directive and Standard.

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.

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