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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.

HydroVision International 2014 Attendee Choice Awards announced

08/11/2014

The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines announced the HydroVision International 2014 Attendee Choice Award recipients during the recent event's closing luncheon.

Commissioner Norris announces resignation from FERC

08/08/2014

Commissioner John Norris announced his resignation Aug. 7 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take a post with the U.S. Agriculture Department in Italy.

Reports: ISIS seizes control of Iraq's 750-MW Mosul Dam

08/08/2014

Reports from a number of global outlets say the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has seized control of the 750-MW Mosul Dam, potentially threatening those downstream on the Tigris River.

Obama names LaFleur FERC chairman, 'designates' Bay for 2015

08/06/2014

President Obama formally appointed Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur to be chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and "designated" his first choice, newly confirmed Commissioner Norman C. Bay, to become chairman effective April 15, 2015.

Kurd forces reportedly foil Islamic militants' takeover of Iraq's 750-MW Mosul Dam

08/05/2014

Iraqi Kurdish forces defending 750-MW Mosul Dam reportedly foiled an attempt by troops of Islamic State to seize control of Mosul Dam, the largest dam and hydroelectric project in Iraq.

Maine seeks bids to update inventory of hydropower potential

08/04/2014

The Governor's Energy Office seeks proposals to update Maine's inventory of undeveloped hydropower potential.

Hydropower contributes 1.1 billion reais to Brazil governments

08/04/2014

Brazilian energy regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) reports hydroelectric generators paid 1.1 billion reais (US$488 million) in the first half of 2014 in compensation to local, state and national governments for use of Brazil's water resources.

Zayas to address DOE's Hydropower Vision plan at HydroVision International 2014

07/21/2014

Taking part in the HydroVision International 2014 keynote session on Tuesday, July 22 will be Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program manager Jose Zayas, who will provide an update on DOE's recently announced Hydropower Vision plan.

Brazil hoping El Nino bolsters hydroelectric power reservoir levels

07/16/2014

The impending El Nino weather patterns will help allay Brazil's shortage of water for hydroelectric power production, government officials said this past week.


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