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Global hydroelectric power could double by 2050, WEC report says

05/21/2015

Global hydroelectric power capacity could double to 2,000 GW by 2050 or sooner, according to a report released this week by the World Energy Council.

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Brazil's Aneel to auction operating concessions for 6 GW-worth of hydroelectric power capacity

05/19/2015

Brazilian power regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletricqa (Aneel) has announced it will hold an auction in September for six lots of hydropower plants totaling close to 6 GW of cumulative generating capacity.

House committee hears testimony related to small hydropower draft discussion bill

05/13/2015

Testifying earlier today before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, Maine Gov. Paul LePage pressed the government to advance a proposal that would further streamline the federal permitting process for qualifying hydropower projects of 5 MW or less.

Hawaii’s 100% renewable energy goal by 2045 includes marine hydrokinetic generation

05/12/2015

Sweden, Estonia, and Bulgaria have already met the European Union’s renewable energy development goals each country said it would meet by 2020. Now, Hawaii is among the growing lists of states in America that is raising the renewable energy bar that will include generating hydroelectricity. 

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HydroVision International 2015 offers special program for power producers

05/11/2015

Qualifying members of the hydroelectric power sector are once again eligible to take part in the Power Producer Training Program, giving them discounted access to HydroVision International 2015.

NYPA's John Suloway earns Henwood Award

05/06/2015

The National Hydropower Association recently recognized John Suloway as the 2015 recipient of its Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award, bestowed for a "lifetime of achievement" in the hydroelectric power industry.

Panama's 29-MW Barro Blanco hydro project in limbo as government searches for new developer

05/06/2015

Panama's federal government has said that it will work with project financiers to replace Generadora del Istmo S.A. (Genisa) as developer of the 29-MW Barro Blanco hydropower project due to repeated environmental and social concerns.

Brazilian tribes join in opposition of hydropower development

05/05/2015

Hundreds of members from four indigenous Amazonian tribes have formed an alliance to oppose a number of hydropower projects planned or already under-construction on Brazil's Teles Pires, Juruena and Tapajos rivers.

NHA announces new executive committee, board members

04/28/2015

The National Hydropower Association introduced new officers and board members during its annual conference in Washington, D.C., earlier today, ushering in a new wave of organization leadership.

“Blue Gold” Report details new hydroelectric possibilities within existing infrastructure

04/27/2015

Earlier today, at the 2015 National Hydropower Association (NHA) annual conference in Washington, D.C., the Hydro Research Foundation (Foundation) released its report, “Blue Gold: Building new hydropower with existing infrastructure generating hydropower's future” (Blue Gold).  

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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