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    Developer submits plans for Pakistani small hydro projects


    Pakistan’s National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has received two applications that, if approved, would allow for the construction of two new small hydroelectric projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

    FERC draft EIS recommends relicensing 182.5-MW Martin Dam


    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 182.5-MW Martin Dam hydroelectric project on Alabama's Tallapoosa River.

    European Small Hydropower Association invites industry to participate in EU's Sustainable Energy Week


    Members of the hydropower industry are hoping to use the European Union's upcoming Sustainable Energy Week to draw attention to hydroelectric policy and regulation.

    ANEEL authorizes Santo Antonio's 13th hydro turbine


    Brazil's Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletricqa (ANEEL) has authorized commercial production from the 13th hydro turbine installed at the Santo Antonio project.

    600-MW Russell pumped-storage project receives permission to run all units


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received permission to operate all four reversible turbine units simultaneously at its 600-MW Richard B. Russell pumped-storage plant after a decade of litigation, HydroWorld.com has learned.

    Licensee recommends FERC let 215 structures remain within Lake of the Ozarks boundary


    Hydro licensee Ameren Missouri has recommended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allow 215 remaining non-conforming structures to stay within the boundary of the 93-mile-long Lake of the Ozarks to complete a plan to end encroachment on project lands by some 4,000 private structures.

    Connecticut renewable energy policy revisions await gubernatorial approval


    Connecticut's Senate has approved revisions to a bill that would modify the state's renewable portfolio standards, leaving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's signature as the last piece required for it to be enacted as law.

    Brazil's Jirau hydro project world's largest CDM-registered renewable plant


    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has recognized Brazil's 3,750-MW Jirau hydropower plant under its Clean Development Mechanism.

    Jamaica seeks consultants to advance hydro development projects


    Jamaica's Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining (MSTEM) invites expressions of interest from consultants to advance hydro development projects at several sites on the island nation.

    National Dam Safety Awareness Day commemorates Johnstown disaster


    As Elias Unger awoke on the morning of May 31, 1889, he noticed that a record overnight downpour had caused Lake Conemaugh to almost crest the South Fork Dam, located down the hill from his farmhouse in central Pennsylvania.

    Connecticut House approves new renewable portfolio standards


    Legislation approved earlier this week in the Connecticut House of Representatives will allow large-scale hydroelectric projects to count towards the state's renewable energy portfolio -- but not without a caveat.

    FERC Chairman Wellinghoff submits resignation to president


    Chairman Jon Wellinghoff has submitted his resignation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to President Obama.

    World Bank Announces Renewed Support for Large Hydropower


    Delegates at the International Hydropower Association World Congress, which took place last week in Kuching in Malaysian Borneo, have heard that the World Bank has reversed a two-decade old decision to turn its back on large hydropower investment.

    FERC draft EIS endorses relicensing Drum-Spaulding, Yuba-Bear hydro projects


    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a combined draft environmental impact statement endorsing proposed relicensing of the Drum-Spaulding hydroelectric project with a slightly reduced capacity of 191.5 MW and the Yuba-Bear project with a slightly increased capacity of 90.72 MW.

    USSD announces call for papers


    The United States Society on Dams has issued a call for papers in anticipation of USSD's 34th Annual Meeting and Conference, which takes place April 7-11, 2014, in San Francisco.

    Xingu Alive Forever resumes occupation of Belo Monte hydro project


    About 170 members of the Xingu Alive Forever movement have returned to Belo Monte's main construction site, again halting work on the controversial 11.2 GW hydroelectric project.

    ASDSO hopes to increase dam safety with new guide


    The Association of Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has prepared new guide intended to help inform the public about the benefits of dams and the risks associated with potential dam incidents and failures.

    Petition could increase Oregon's renewable portfolio to include more hydroelectric power


    A measure to expand Oregon's definition of "renewable energy" to include more hydroelectric power could appear before the state's voters next year if a petition urging its consideration receives about 87,000 signatures by July 3, 2014.

    House subcommittee reviews new hydro development legislation


    The U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing this week on legislation that could further improve conditions for hydroelectric project development.

    Colorado agency making allocations for small hydro development


    The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is hoping to create a "small hydropower roadmap" for the state's agriculture through its Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy (ACRE) program.

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