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U.K. seeks energy specialists, including hydropower, marine energy

11/21/2014

The United Kingdom seeks proposals from energy technical specialists, including specialists in hydropower and marine energy, to participate in a framework agreement to help carry out energy and climate change policies.

KIUC gets go-ahead for 25-MW Hawaiian pumped-storage proposal

11/18/2014

Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources has given its unanimous approval in principal to the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) for a 25 MW pumped-storage hydropower project on the island's west side.

IHA calls for candidates for Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower

11/17/2014

The International Hydropower Association is now accepting proposals for candidates for its 2015 Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower.

First Nations groups file suit to halt B.C.'s 1,100-MW Site C hydropower project

11/14/2014

A group of four First Nations groups have filed a lawsuit against the controversial 1,100-MW Site C hydropower project, proposed for construction on the Peace River in British Columbia.

Higher rates could help pay for hydropower project upgrades, rehab in Newfoundland and Labrador

11/11/2014

Provincial energy corporation Nalcor Energy has filed an amended General Rate Application (GRA) via its subsidiary, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, that could increase the province's electricity rates to help pay for modernization and upgrade programs.

NHA invites hydropower plants owners, operators to nominate projects for recognition

11/07/2014

The National Hydropower Association is now accepting applications for the Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters (OSAW) awards program.

Peru's 730-MW Veracruz hydropower plant receives final concession

11/06/2014

Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines granted a definitive concession to developer Enersis for its 730-MW Veracruz hydroelectric project.

South Africa urges decision on Grand Inga hydropower plant

11/06/2014

A South African legislative committee on energy has recommended that the country make an official decision regarding the 40,000-MW Grand Inga hydropower complex being built in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Peru grants concessions for two hydropower projects

11/04/2014

Developers Hidroelectrica Cusipata I and Hidroelectrica Cerro Compana have received temporary concessions for a pair of hydroelectric plants that would add more than 280 MW to Peru's grid.

Massachusetts eyes net electricity metering by small hydropower projects

10/31/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects.

Ownership vs. The Greater Good; SCC ruling will affect new development projects

10/30/2014

In its June 14 ruling on Tsilhqot’in First Nation People v. British Columbia (2014 SCC 44), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) allowed a declaration of “Aboriginal title” for the Tsilhqot’in Nation over a tract of land in the interior of British Columbia. This is the first decision in Canada granting Aboriginal title.

Odebrecht gets concession for Peru's 600-MW Chadin 2 hydropower plant

10/30/2014

The Peruvian government has granted Oderbrecht's AC Energia a definitive concession for the 600-MW Chadin 2 hydropower project.

DR Congo seeks staff recruitment for agency to promote Inga hydropower complex

10/29/2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from firms to recruit staff for the agency tasked with development and promotion of the estimated 42,000-MW Inga hydroelectric complex on the DRC's Congo River.

EU on track to meet 2020 renewable energy targets

10/28/2014

Greenhouse gas emissions within the European Union fell by almost 2% between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU close to its 2020 reduction target, according to data released this week by the European Environment Agency.

Brazil state grants environmental license to 807.5-MW Tres Irmaos hydro project

10/28/2014

State environmental regulator Companhia Ambiental do Estado de Sao Paulo has issued an environmental operating license to a unit of Triunfo Participacoes e Investimentos S.A., allowing it to operate the 807.5-MW Tres Irmaos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tiete River.

On the road in Canada

10/19/2014

There are a number of reasons I'm very much excited about sitting here at the White Oaks Resort in Niagara on the eve of the Ontario Waterpower Association's annual Power of Water Canada conference -- the least of which should be poutine.

Canada, B.C. agencies grant environmental approvals to 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

10/16/2014

Environment Canada and the environment and forestry ministers of British Columbia have granted final environmental approvals for BC Hydro to construct the 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Rhode Island renewables legislation advances development, use of hydropower

10/15/2014

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed renewable energy legislation that includes provisions to advance regional development and use of hydropower.

U.S. Government actively promoting, providing funding for development of 4,500-MW hydro project in Pakistan

10/13/2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged US$200 million toward development of the 4,500-MW Diamer Basha Dam hydroelectric project in Pakistan.

U.S. stimulus money helps upgrade 8.5-MW Station 2 hydro project in New York

10/13/2014

The federal government has awarded $2.8 million in stimulus money to Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. for improvements at RG&E's 8.5-MW Station 2 hydroelectric project on New York's Genesee River.

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