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Commissioner Bay assumes FERC chairmanship

04/16/2015

Commissioner Norman C. Bay became chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission April 15 under terms of a compromise that had ensured Senate confirmation of his nomination to the commission last year.

CTG receives final approvals for Nepal's 750-MW West Seti hydropower project

04/15/2015

Nepal's investment board has given approval to China Three Gorges International for the development of a 750 MW hydropower project on the West Seti River in Nepal's northwestern Doti District.

State government wants control of NHPC's Uri, Dulhasti hydropower projects

04/10/2015

Officials from Jammu and Kashmir have asked the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC Ltd.) to give it ownership of the 390-MW Dulhasti and 480-MW Uri hydropower projects -- both of which are located within the northern Indian state.

USDA commits $73 million to dam rehabilitation, assessment program

04/10/2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will invest US$73 million to the rehabilitation and assessment of dams across the country to improve infrastructure safety and water supply consistency.

Chinese ministry stops 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project

04/09/2015

A letter sent by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection to the China Three Gorges Corporation has halted development of the country's 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project.

Crow Tribe announces partnership with Interior, Reclamation to complete 8-MW Yellowtail Afterbay hydropower project

03/31/2015

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Crow Tribe have announced an agreement to develop an 8 MW hydropower project at the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam on Montana's Bighorn River.

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Brazil's Aneel increases auction rate for small hydroelectric plants

03/31/2015

Brazilian power regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletricqa (Aneel) has announced a plan allowing power developers to seek higher rates for energy generated by small hydroelectric projects to be auctioned during an upcoming A-5 power sale in April.

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NHA adds Rep. Tonko, White House adviser Dorgelo to annual conference keynote

03/27/2015

The National Hydropower Association is pleased to announce the addition of Congressman Paul Tonko and White House adviser Cristin Dorgelo as speakers during the upcoming NHA Annual Conference, making the event's opening plenary session a can't-miss opportunity.

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Nigeria commits to developing hydroelectric power during World Water Day 2015 event

03/26/2015

An official from Nigeria's Ministry of Water Resources has said it will include or add hydroelectric power generating facilities to all existing and future dams within the country.

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DOE, Army, Interior extend partnership for hydroelectric power development

03/25/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works have announced that the trio will extend their partnership to advance hydroelectric power development for an additional five years, extending an agreement that stems to March 2010.

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Agreements to advance development of 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant in Pakistan

03/24/2015

Three agreements were signed last week that should advance development of the 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant on the Poonch River in Pakistan.

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Hill appointed to direct FERC Division of Hydropower Administration, Compliance

03/23/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has named Jennifer Hill director of the Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance in FERC's Office of Energy Projects.

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Leaders sign "declaration of principles" for 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance hydropower project

03/23/2015

Leaders from Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia have signed an agreement to end a long-time dispute regarding the controversial 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance hydropower plant.

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Serbia grants permit for 33.1-MW Brodarevo 2 hydropower plant

03/17/2015

The Serbian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy has granted a location permit to Reservoir Capital Corp. for the construction of the 33.1-MW Brodarevo 2 hydropower plant.

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The Grapes of Wrath, Pt. II

03/16/2015

It is not at all uncommon for those of us whose families have deep roots in the American Midwest to make vague reference to our "kin in California", and though some of that migration is undoubtedly reflective of "Manifest Destiny" and other 19th Century sociopolitical attitudes regarding the conquering of the western United States, many of our families took toward California for another singular reason: The Dust Bowl.

Indian “environmental clearance” pending for 20 hydroelectric projects totaling 11,000 MW

03/11/2015

India’s Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed questions from members of Parliament on March 11, with regard to plans for the development of 20 hydroelectric projects. The projects, awaiting environmental clearance from the State or Union territory Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), would have a total installed capacity of 11,000 MW. 

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Slovakia seeks up compensation from Enel for Gabcikovo hydropower use

03/09/2015

The Slovakian government is seeking up close to US$350 millilon in compensation from Italian power company Enel SpA after a court ruled its contract to operate the 720-MW Gabcikovo hydropower plant is invalid.

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Study: Hydroelectric power popular -- but underused -- in Europe

03/05/2015

Hydroelectric power remains a significant component in Europe's energy transition, according to a survey completed by research agency TNS Emnid on behalf of Voith Hydro.

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Guide hopes to encourage small hydro growth in Pennsylvania

03/04/2015

A new guide released earlier this month by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council aims to spur low-impact hydropower growth within the state.

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Kuwait provides US$32 million for Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum hydropower plant

03/02/2015

A deal signed in Islamabad will see the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) provide an additional US$32 million for Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum hydropower plant.

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