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U.S. Department of Commerce official Chandra Brown joins HydroVision keynote lineup

07/02/2015

Organizers of the world's largest hydroelectric power event are pleased to announce the addition of Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, as a keynote speaker at the upcoming HydroVision International 2015 conference and exhibition.

Cemig has operating right for 242-MW Jaguara hydropower plant revoked

06/26/2015

The Brazilian Supreme Court ruled this week that utility company Cemig has no right to renew its contract to continue operating the 424-MW Jaguara hydropower plant.

Hydroelectric power included in U.S. bill pushing mandatory energy storage

06/24/2015

Legislation introduced to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources earlier this month could require some utilities to increase their energy storage portfolios with sources that include pumped-storage hydroelectric power.

Developer receives Certificate of Registration for Philippines' 45-MW Nalatang B hydropower project

06/19/2015

The Philippines Department of Energy has issued a Certificate of Registration to the Aboitiz Power Corp., allowing for the pre-development of the 45-MW Nalatang B hydropower project.

Small hydro development act awaits enactment in Hawaii

06/17/2015

Hawaiian legislators have passed a bill that could allow for the development of micro hydroelectric projects on the state's agricultural land should Gov. David Ige sign off on the new law.

San Diego authorities approve further study of proposed San Vicente pumped-storage plant

06/16/2015

San Diego's City Council voted unanimously to pursue a two-year, $900,000 study of the proposed San Vicente pumped-storage hydropower project last week.

BC Hydro seeks regulatory, environmental, commercial consulting

06/12/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for pre-qualification to provide consulting services to the utility on regulatory, social, properties and commercial management issues in British Columbia. 

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon gets planning go-ahead from UK government

06/10/2015

Progress on the 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon hydroelectric project in Wales took a significant step forward yesterday with developer Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay PLC receiving planning consent from the United Kingdom's Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Quebec commissioner disappointed by lack of dam safety efforts

06/04/2015

A June 2015 report released by the Quebec Commissioner of Sustainable Development, M. Jean Cinq-Mars, said, “The Environment Department has not done its work to ensure that the province’s dams are safe.”  

U.S. House, Senate entertain marine and hydrokinetic bills

05/29/2015

Two pieces of legislation introduced to Congress could help develop America's marine and hydrokinetic sector.

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Debating hydro’s sustainable future

05/29/2015

Iran to build dozens of small hydro plants in Indonesia through 2020

05/27/2015

The Iranian government has finalized a deal to develop 48 small hydropower plants in Indonesia within the next five years.

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Global hydroelectric power could double by 2050, WEC report says

05/21/2015

Global hydroelectric power capacity could double to 2,000 GW by 2050 or sooner, according to a report released this week by the World Energy Council.

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Brazil's Aneel to auction operating concessions for 6 GW-worth of hydroelectric power capacity

05/19/2015

Brazilian power regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletricqa (Aneel) has announced it will hold an auction in September for six lots of hydropower plants totaling close to 6 GW of cumulative generating capacity.

House committee hears testimony related to small hydropower draft discussion bill

05/13/2015

Testifying earlier today before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, Maine Gov. Paul LePage pressed the government to advance a proposal that would further streamline the federal permitting process for qualifying hydropower projects of 5 MW or less.

Hawaii’s 100% renewable energy goal by 2045 includes marine hydrokinetic generation

05/12/2015

Sweden, Estonia, and Bulgaria have already met the European Union’s renewable energy development goals each country said it would meet by 2020. Now, Hawaii is among the growing lists of states in America that is raising the renewable energy bar that will include generating hydroelectricity. 

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HydroVision International 2015 offers special program for power producers

05/11/2015

Qualifying members of the hydroelectric power sector are once again eligible to take part in the Power Producer Training Program, giving them discounted access to HydroVision International 2015.

NYPA's John Suloway earns Henwood Award

05/06/2015

The National Hydropower Association recently recognized John Suloway as the 2015 recipient of its Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award, bestowed for a "lifetime of achievement" in the hydroelectric power industry.

Panama's 29-MW Barro Blanco hydro project in limbo as government searches for new developer

05/06/2015

Panama's federal government has said that it will work with project financiers to replace Generadora del Istmo S.A. (Genisa) as developer of the 29-MW Barro Blanco hydropower project due to repeated environmental and social concerns.

Brazilian tribes join in opposition of hydropower development

05/05/2015

Hundreds of members from four indigenous Amazonian tribes have formed an alliance to oppose a number of hydropower projects planned or already under-construction on Brazil's Teles Pires, Juruena and Tapajos rivers.

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