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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.

Montana PSC approves PPL sale of 11 hydropower plants to NorthWestern Energy

09/05/2014

The Montana Public Service Commission has approved PPL Montana's sale of 11 hydroelectric plants totaling 663 MW to NorthWestern Energy.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan advance water, impact studies of 6,000-MW Grand Renaissance hydro project

09/03/2014

Water ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed to establish a committee to study water resources and socio-environmental effects related to the 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction in Ethiopia.

Newfoundland appeals dismissal of 5,428-MW Churchill Falls contract challenge

09/02/2014

Nalcor Energy's Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. has appealed a Quebec Superior Court judgment that upholds an agreement that requires Newfoundland to sell power from the 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydroelectric project to Quebec for a fraction of its value.

Manitoba Hydro authorizes site work at 695-MW Keeyask hydropower project

08/29/2014

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has authorized modular builder Britco to commence the second phase of construction camp work at the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

Ibama approves permit for Brazil's 700-MW Sao Manoel hydropower plant

08/26/2014

Brazil's Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources, Ibama, has approved an installation permit for the 700-MW Sao Manoel hydropower plant, according to the country's federal gazette.

South Africa Cabinet advances treaty to develop 40,000-MW Grand Inga hydropower complex

08/26/2014

South Africa's Cabinet has advanced to Parliament a treaty for joint development of the 40,000-MW Grand Inga hydroelectric complex with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

World Bank unveils $5 billion plan for sub-Saharan energy development

08/25/2014

A US$5 billion package from the World Bank Group earlier this month will help support new technical and financial support for energy projects -- including hydroelectric power -- in six African countries.

Chilean government moves to take control of power auctions

08/22/2014

Chilean hydroelectric power producers could be affected by legislation introduced by the country's Ministry of Energy earlier this week.

U.S. EIS advances transmission to deliver Quebec hydropower to New York

08/22/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final environmental impact statement endorsing the construction and operation of a 1,000-MW transmission line to carry Quebec hydroelectric power to customers in New York City.

Water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead to increase, USBR says

08/18/2014

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase its water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead in Water Year 2015, following the recent completion of its monthly operational study.

Corps provides guidance on Section 408 approval process

08/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued an Engineering Circular that provides guidance on how it will process requests from non-Corps entities to alter USACE-owned civil works projects.

PacifiCorp to draw down hydropower reservoirs to ease Interior water shortage

08/13/2014

In response to drought in the U.S. West, utility PacifiCorp has agreed to release flows from its hydroelectric project reservoirs on the Klamath River as needed to aid the Bureau of Reclamation's responsibilities for endangered fish, tribal obligations and irrigation downstream.

Stover launches renewable energy consulting practice

08/12/2014

Mark R. Stover, former vice president of corporate affairs with Hydro Green Energy, has left the company and opened a renewable energy consulting practice.

Philippines approves energy contract for 350-MW SNAP-Ifugao hydro complex

08/12/2014

The Philippines Department of Energy has approved a renewable energy service contract with SN Aboitiz Power Group for the proposed three-plant 350-MW SNAP-Ifugao hydroelectric complex in the Philippines.


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