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Latest Government & Policy News

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.

NHA seeks nominations for 2015 Henwood Award

10/07/2014

The National Hydropower Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

Montana PSC issues final order approving PPL sale of 11 hydro plants to NorthWestern Energy

10/02/2014

The Montana Public Service Commission issued its formal final order approving PPL Montana's sale of 11 hydroelectric plants totaling 663 MW to NorthWestern Energy.

U.S. Energy Department approves transmission line to deliver Quebec hydropower to New York

09/30/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy issued a presidential permit approving construction and operation of a 1,000-MW transmission line to carry Quebec hydroelectric power to customers in New York City.

India Cabinet approves investment in 1,000-MW Pakal Dul hydro project

09/19/2014

India's Union Cabinet has given investment approval for construction of the 1,000-MW Pakal Dul hydroelectric project and initial investment in two other hydro projects, all in India's Jammu & Kashmir State.

Pakistan council approves construction of 128-MW Keyal Khwar hydro project

09/18/2014

The Executive Committee of Pakistan's National Economic Council has approved construction of 128-MW Keyal Khwar hydroelectric project on Pakistan's Keyal Khwar River.

Brazil reverses approval of concession auction for 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydro project

09/18/2014

A day after a complaint by environmentalist lobbying groups, Brazil's mines and energy ministry revoked its approval of a concession auction to develop the 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tapajos River.

Brazil sets concession auction for 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydro project

09/17/2014

Brazil's mines and energy ministry has published guidelines for the concession auction to develop the 8,040-MW Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydroelectric project on Brazil's Tapajos River.

Peru recommends mitigation for 195-MW Araza River hydro complex

09/16/2014

Peru's agency for energy environmental affairs has recommended environmental approval of the 195-MW, three-plant Araza River hydroelectric complex, subject to 15 conditions for environmental mitigation and monitoring.

U.S., Iraqi forces repel ISIS advance on 660-MW Haditha hydropower plant

09/10/2014

The United States earlier this week launched more air strikes to help Iraqi and Sunni forces protect Haditha Dam from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.


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