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Proposed changes to U.K.'s FiT program met with backlash from small hydro sector

08/28/2015

Changes to the United Kingdom's Feed-In Tariff program could have a negative impact on a number of generation sectors -- including small hydroelectric power -- according to a number of industry groups.

Guyana nixes plans for 165-MW Amaila Falls hydropower project

08/13/2015

The Guyana government has abandoned plans to develop the 165-MW Amaila Falls hydroelectric plant, citing numerous delays and potential cost overruns.

Brazil rebounding from drought

08/12/2015

A 20% increase in Brazil's hydroelectric power reservoirs in July has allowed the country's government to shut down 21 backup thermoelectric plants.

16 states join to oppose EPA's Clean Power Plan

08/06/2015

A letter signed by 16 states opposes the Environmental Protection Agency's recently unveiled Clean Power Plan, requesting an "immediate stay" on a program the opposition says "unlawfully exploits Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act."

Africa agency seeks strategic plan, law review, hydromet system upgrade for Zambezi River Basin project

08/05/2015

The eight-nation Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a strategic plan, harmonize national water laws and upgrade the hydro-meteorological system for the Zambezi River Basin Management Project in southern Africa.

Obama, EPA release revised Clean Power Plan

08/04/2015

President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have unveiled a sweeping, controversial program to reduce the United States' carbon emissions by more than 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Canada releases energy strategy

Premiers release Canadian Energy Strategy, hydro’s contribution recognized

07/31/2015

Canada’s Premiers have released the Canadian Energy Strategy, and hydro is recognized for its significant contribution to electricity generation in the country.

Supreme Court ruling allows work to resume on Panama's 29-MW Barro Blanco hydropower project

07/31/2015

Panama's Supreme Court overruled a temporary suspension of hydroelectric projects in the country's Chiriqui River Basin earlier this week, allowing development of the 29-MW Barro Blanco plant to resume.

Hydroelectric power represented well in new bipartisan Senate bill

07/23/2015

Bipartisan energy legislation submitted to the U.S. Senate yesterday includes an extensive section that explicitly defines hydroelectric power as a renewable, while also improving on existing hydropower regulation.

HydroVision International 2015 sets new attendance record

07/16/2015

This year's HydroVision International, currently under way in Portland, Ore., has bested its own record with more than 3,800 attendees representing 60 countries from around the globe.

Kim Ogren: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation

07/09/2015

Kim Ogren is a PhD candidate in Geography at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., and graduating in July. Her studies focus on improving water governance decision-making processes.

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.”  

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