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Zayas to address DOE's Hydropower Vision plan at HydroVision International 2014

07/21/2014

Taking part in the HydroVision International 2014 keynote session on Tuesday, July 22 will be Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program manager Jose Zayas, who will provide an update on DOE's recently announced Hydropower Vision plan.

Brazil hoping El Nino bolsters hydroelectric power reservoir levels

07/16/2014

The impending El Nino weather patterns will help allay Brazil's shortage of water for hydroelectric power production, government officials said this past week.

Brazilian court rejects request for Belo Monte hydropower plant suspension

07/15/2014

A federal Brazilian court has rejected a request from a public prosecutor that would have suspended work on the 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydroelectric plant.

Senate confirms nominations of LaFleur, Bay to FERC

07/15/2014

The U.S. Senate confirmed July 15 President Obama's nominations of Cheryl LaFleur and Norman C. Bay to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Aneel clears turbine unit for commercial operation at Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower project

07/11/2014

Brazil's Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletricqa (Aneel) has approved the commercial operation of a new turbine unit at the 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower project.

Reservoir behind Hoover Dam dips to historic low

07/10/2014

The drought impacting the southwestern United States has caused Nevada's Lake Mead to dip to its lowest water levels since the Hoover Dam was completed in the 1930s, according to Bureau of Reclamation officials.

U.S. seeks gate repairs at Raystown Dam in Pennsylvania

07/10/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to repair tainter gates at Raystown Lake Dam on the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River at Hesston.

Achieving European small hydro growth

07/10/2014

The recent ESHA (European Small Hydropower Association) Hidroenergia congress and trade fair in Istanbul heard a keynote presentation from Professor Bernhard Pelikan of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.

Crown Estate awards seabed rights for ocean energy development

07/08/2014

The United Kingdom's Crown Estate has awarded seabed rights for six new wave and tidal current demonstration zones, and five new wave and tidal current sites.

First Nations, CEBC sign agreement for small hydro development in British Columbia

07/03/2014

A memorandum of understanding signed this past week sets up an agreement between BC First Nations and the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) to cooperate in developing British Columbia's renewable sector, including hydroelectric power.

Developer submits EIS for 110-MW Oco 2010 hydropower project

07/02/2014

Developer Ocona Hydro has filed an environmental impact assessment with Peru's Ministerio de Energia y Minas for the development of a 110 MW hydropower project.

Inaugural class of Women with Hydro Vision Award recipients announced

07/01/2014

The PennWell Hydro Group is pleased to announce the inaugural class of recipients of the Women with Hydro Vision award.

Navigant Consulting earns industry honors

06/25/2014

Chicago-based Navigant has earned a number of honors in the Corporate INTL Awards.

Alstom board accepts General Electric offer

06/24/2014

American conglomerate General Electric has completed a multi-billion dollar deal that gives the company significant shares in Alstom's power and grid businesses.

ZAMCOM awards contract for Zambezi Water Information System modernizations

06/23/2014

The Zambezi Watercourse Commission has awarded a US$940,288 contract to DHI DK to help modernize the Zambezi Water Information System to meet needs of Zambezi riparian countries in Africa.

Report says negligence caused tragic Larji hydropower project discharge

06/23/2014

A report submitted this week to the Himachal Pradesh High Court said that "gross negligence" by the operators of the 126-MW Larji hydropower plant was to blame for the death of 24 students and a tour guide earlier this month.

DOE report explores relationship between water and power generation

06/20/2014

A new U.S. Department of Energy report focuses on the connections between water and its role in energy production and generation, including hydroelectric power.

Senate panel endorses nominations of LaFleur, Bay to FERC

06/20/2014

In a contentious meeting, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee endorsed June 18 President Obama's nominations of Cheryl LaFleur and Norman C. Bay to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

20 for 20: Celebrating 20 Years of HydroVision International

06/19/2014

To celebrate HydroVision International's 20th year, HydroWorld.com will highlight a facet of the upcoming conference and exhibition in each of the 20 days leading to the event.

DOE still accepting solicitations for hydroelectric power, MHK notices of intent

06/19/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy & Renewable Energy is still accepting solicitations for three notices of intent designed to fund research in both the marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and conventional hydroelectric power fields.


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