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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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World Bank’s US$100 million credit to Myanmar continues hydroelectric infrastructure development in Irrawaddy River Basin

02/26/2015

Some of the 20 planned hydropower plants for Myanmar (formerly Burma), which is located in South East Asia, will be constructed within the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady in Burmese) River Basin, according to the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP). Myanmar has numerous hydroelectric projects in development, but last December it received a US$100 million credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association after forming administrative apparatus in the public, private and scientific sectors to manage and develop the Irrawaddy River Basin.  

World Bank releases Alstom from debarment

02/25/2015

The World Bank Group has removed Alstom SA from debarment after the bank's Integrity Compliance Office determined the company fulfilled conditions for its release.

NHA Annual Conference early bird registration discount ends February 27

02/20/2015

Time is running out for National Hydropower Association members to receive a special early bird registration rate for the NHA's 2015 Annual Conference.

Sao Paulo might limit water access to two days per week amidst ongoing Brazilian drought

02/18/2015

Residents of the world's 12th-largest city are being warned that their access to water might be limited to just two days per week as Brazil's drought continues to strain the South American country.

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PBS highlights small hydro's potential in recent segment

02/16/2015

Growing up in Oklahoma -- a state with no natural lakes -- dams are plentiful, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Keystone Dam and its 70 MW hydropower plant just 20 miles to the west, I always had a vision of what I thought a hydroelectric plant and the pieces that make it possible should look like.

How Legislation is Boosting Hydro Development in the U.S.

02/13/2015

Two significant bills are helping spur American hydroelectric development, while sector leaders are hoping additional legislation and industry action can help carry the momentum.

Dam Safety in 2015: A Regulatory Perspective

02/12/2015

As 2015 unfolds, the FERC Division of Dam Safety and Inspections (FERC-D2SI) is focusing on strengthening existing initiatives and further developing emerging initiatives such as Risk-Informed Decision Making.

India’s CCI approves US$1.8 billion acquisition of two hydroelectric projects in Himachal Pradesh for a combined 1,391 MW

02/12/2015

Officials from the antihegemonic Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced it has granted approval to JSW Energy Ltd. to acquire the 300-MW Baspa II and 1,091-MW Karcham Wangtoo hydroelectric projects, both located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. JSW said the acquisition would make it “the largest private sector hydropower generator in India,” bringing its “operating hydropower capacity to 1,391 MW.” 

Federal budget proposal includes millions for U.S. hydroelectric power, dams

02/10/2015

President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget requests include a number of requests for both the Department of Energy and Bureau of Reclamation that could provide significant funding for conventional, pumped-storage, and marine and hydrokinetic hydroelectric power.

Turkey's 10th Development Plan includes US$16 billion for hydroelectric power

02/06/2015

The Turkish government has allocated US$16 billion to developing the country's hydroelectric power sector through 2018, per Turkey's recently announced 10th Development Plan.

NHA Past Presidents' scholarship applications due February 16

02/06/2015

The deadline to submit an application for the National Hydropower Association's 2015 Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship program is approaching, with all submissions due Monday, February 16.

India's Uttarakhand state moves to keep small hydropower development local

02/05/2015

New policies in India's northern Uttarakhand state are expected to encourage the development of up to 3,000 MW-worth of hydroelectric potential through the construction of micro and small hydropower plants.

Full appeals court won't take up dispute over Alabama Power hydro relicensing

02/03/2015

On purely technical grounds, without ruling on the heart of the appeal, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit has rejected an appeal by a local association to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to extend the license for an Alabama Power hydroelectric plant.

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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.

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