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FERC offers to help hydro licensees respond to California drought


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has advised 128 hydropower licensees as well as state and federal resource agencies that it will perform swift review of license amendment requests to conserve water during California's drought.

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Colorado passes legislation to ease small hydro development


The Colorado House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation earlier today that will streamline the development of small hydropower within the state.

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European bank seeks consultants for Tajikistan's hydro-rich power sector


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to help restructure Tajikistan's hydro-rich electricity sector.

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World's largest hydroelectric power event three-peats as "Fastest 50" recipient


HydroVision International, the world's largest event dedicated to the hydroelectric power industry, has again been recognized by Trade Show Executive as one of the fastest-growing tradeshows in the United States.

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Corps seeks information on classroom instruction in dam seismic stability


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information from firms interested in providing classroom instruction on seismic stability of earthen dams for Corps employees.

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From Russia With Love... And Hydropower


I was only three years old when former U.S. President Ronald Reagan stood in front of West Berlin's Brandenburg Gate in 1987 and famously challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

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Swansea Bay tidal lagoon development group files official applications


Energy development group Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd. has reached a significant step in the development of a 320 MW project by submitting a Development Consent Order to United Kingdom authorities.

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Hydroelectric power and Russia's energy future


With the eyes of the world on Russia as Sochi hosts the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide chief editor David Appleyard and online editor Michael Harris turn their eyes to the state of Russia's power market.

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Obama nomination to elevate FERC staffer Bay to chairmanship


President Obama has nominated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Enforcement Director Norman C. Bay to be a FERC commissioner, with the intention to name Bay chairman once he is confirmed by the Senate.

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USACE Lt. Gen. Bostick to speak at HydroVision International keynote


The organizers of HydroVision International 2014 are pleased to announce that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick will participate as a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference and exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.

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Developers close financing for 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project


Financial closing for Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant has been achieved, international business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau said.

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Nepal hydroelectric power developer announces public offering


The Securities Board of Nepal has given its approval for Ridi Hydropower Development Company Ltd. to float 1.1 million units of ordinary shares to the public with the following months.

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Omnibus appropriations bill could change U.S. participation in international hydropower project development


Buried deep within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 is a clause that could potentially affect the United States' role in large-scale international hydroelectric power development.


FERC authorizes 16 hydropower projects totaling 21.065 MW in 2013


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued 16 hydropower licenses and exemptions in 2013, totaling 21.065 MW. It also received applications in the same period for 21 licenses and exemptions totaling 141.864 MW.

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Hydroelectric power to remain strong in China, IBISWorld says


Hydroelectric power represents one of China's fastest growing industries, according to a recent study by global market research group IBISWorld.

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ContourGlobal buys Armenia's 405-MW Vorotan cascade hydropower project


New York-based ContourGlobal has signed an agreement with the Armenian government to purchase and modernize the 405-MW Vorotan hydroelectric project.

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Bill could raise spending limit for Reclamation dam safety improvements


A bill introduced to the Senate this past week would adjust the spending cap on dam safety improvements for infrastructure managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration head


The U.S. Department of Energy named Elliot Mainzer the new Administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration earlier today.

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House Committee holds field hearing on Columbia River Treaty


USSD announces key dates for 2014 annual conference


The U.S. Society on Dams has announced a number of deadlines in advance of its Annual Meeting and Conference.

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