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A few brief thoughts on the 2015 State of the Union address

01/26/2015

I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed in the rather vague mentions of American energy policy in President Barack Obama's most recent State of the Union address -- especially given his strong emphasis on securing a long-term energy future in State of the Union speeches past.

U.S. DOE announces funding opportunity for renewable energy technology R&D

01/23/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a third open funding opportunity that will support up to US$125 million in research and development in a number of disciplines, including hydroelectric power.

Laos hydropower program seeks power sector reform options

01/21/2015

The government of Laos invites expressions of interest from consultants to review its power markets and regulation and to recommend options for reform of its power sector.

Obama: America free to write energy future

01/21/2015

Though President Barack Obama did not discuss his energy policies as much last night as he has in some of his other State of the Union addresses, he still praised American power generators for their commitment in meeting his environmental goals.

Senate confirms nomination of Honorable to FERC

12/19/2014

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Senate approval of two bills could benefit America's hydroelectric power sector

12/17/2014

Legislative movement in Congress this week could benefit the United States' hydroelectric power sector, with the Senate approving both a tax extenders bill and an omnibus appropriations bill.

B.C. government approves 1,100-MW Site C hydropower project

12/17/2014

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has approved BC Hydro's plans for the 1,100-MW Site C hydropower plant, ending speculation that the provincial government might forego the project in lieu of other alternatives.

Russia's RDIF, India's IDFC partnering for US$1 billion hydroelectric power investment deal

12/11/2014

The Russian Direct Investment Fund will partner with India's Infrastructure Development Finance Company in a US$1 billion hydroelectric project investment package.

NHA, OREC partner to create Marine Energy Council

12/09/2014

The National Hydropower Association and Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition have announced the formation of the Marine Energy Council, which will offer a new home for marine energies at NHA.

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VIDEO: NHA touts hydroelectric power's virtues in new video

12/05/2014

The National Hydropower Association hopes industry members will use a new video to help educate American energy consumers about the virtues of hydroelectric power.

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.

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