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400-MW Lower Sesan 2 hydroelectric plant gets Cambodian approval

11/06/2012

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

Corps' aging hydroelectric infrastructure underfunded, new report says

11/02/2012

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

11/01/2012

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

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

10/31/2012

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

10/26/2012

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

10/22/2012

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

10/03/2012

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

09/26/2012

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

09/20/2012

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

09/14/2012

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

09/13/2012

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

09/07/2012

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

09/01/2012

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

09/01/2012

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

09/01/2012

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

08/31/2012

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, HydroWorld.com has learned.

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

08/31/2012

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, HydroWorld.com has learned.

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

08/29/2012

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

08/24/2012

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

08/24/2012

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


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