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Latest Government & Policy News

Canada's TransAlta reaches settlement agreement for price manipulation


The TransAlta Corporation has reached a settlement with Alberta's Market Surveillance Administrator to repay more than CAD$56 million for artificially inflating power bills.

Sen. Murkowski introduces pair of Alaskan hydroelectric power bills


Hearings on a pair of bills held by the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week could potentially lead to an expansion of hydroelectric power in Alaska.

Commissioner Moeller to leave FERC at end of October


Commissioner Philip D. Moeller announced Oct. 6 in intends to leave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the end of October.

Hydroelectric power, other renewables emphasized at G20 summit


A meeting of Group of Twenty energy ministers in Istanbul earlier this month affirmed a collective belief in renewable energy -- including hydroelectric power -- amongst the major economies that constitute the international forum.

Pakistan's 1,300-MW Tarbela 5th Extension hydropower project receives next-to-last approval


Pakistan's 1,300-MW Tarbela Dam 5th Extension hydropower project received consent from the government's Central Development Working Party earlier this week, leaving approval by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council as its final hurdle.

Rousseff: Brazil committed to hydroelectric power


Responding to a preliminary 10-year energy plan released recently by the Brazilian government, President Dilma Rousseff said her country will continue to rely on hydroelectric power, despite the plan's emphasis on other renewable sources.

Ibama denies building permit for Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower plant


Brazil's Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources (Ibama), has denied an operating license for the controversial 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project, saying its developers had not yet met conditions required for approval.

Brazil reschedules upcoming hydroelectric power auction


A Brazilian energy auction that includes about 6 GW of cumulative hydroelectric power capacity has been postponed to November 6, according to the country's Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Brazilian government announces terms of upcoming hydroelectric power auction


Signature bonuses signed by power generators in an upcoming hydroelectric power auction will net the Brazilian government about US$4 billion, according to terms of a resolution published this week in Brazil's official gazette.

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Manitoba Hydro announces final route for transmission line to Minnesota


Manitoba Hydro has announced the final preferred route for its Manitoba Minnesota Transmission Project.

Peru opens renewable energy auction including small hydropower


Peru's supervising agency for investment in energy and mining has opened an auction for electricity produced from renewable energy sources including small hydropower.

Colorado joins list of states opposed to EPA's Clean Power Plan


The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan continues to stir controversy weeks after its recent unveiling, with Colorado announcing it will join the growing list of states threatening suit against the EPA to stop the proposal.

HZ Windpower receives approval of its MHK study


Chongqing Haizhuang Windpower Equipment Co. Ltd. (HZ Windpower), based in China, has received approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Chongqing Municipality for its study on key technology and model testing for marine hydrokinetic (MHK) power. 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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