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Foreign investments coming for Nepal's 48.5-MW Upper Rahughat hydroelectric plant


Nepal's Industrial Promotion Board (IPB) has awarded a permit to the Tudi Power Company, which will allow the developer to pursue foreign direct investments for its 48.5-MW Upper Rahughat hydropower project.

Developers use new law to exclude small conduit hydropower from FERC jurisdiction


Under the new Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission already has approved exclusion of two proposed small conduit hydropower projects from its jurisdiction and has given preliminary approval to exclude 14 more, totaling 8.804 MW.

Hydroelectric power important to Reclamation's sustainable energy strategic plan


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released a new sustainable energy strategic plan that includes hydroelectric power as a means of increasing the western United States' power supply.

Corps schedules industry day on hydro, other work in Little Rock District


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District has scheduled an industry day to meet with contractors about its construction, engineering, and operations and maintenance plans -- including its water resources and hydropower facilities -- for the coming year.

Filipino developer gets commercial approval for seven hydropower projects


The Philippine Department of Energy has declared seven hydropower projects in the country's Western Visayas region as being commercially feasible.

FERC OKs sale of 11 FirstEnergy hydro plants; license transfers pending


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the sale by multi-state utility FirstEnergy Corp. of 11 hydro plants of 530 MW in three states to a unit of independent developer LS Power Group.

Thoughts on a national renewable portfolio standard


With a pair of federal renewable portfolio standards submitted to the Senate within just days of each other during the last week of October, I thought it might be a good idea to compare the two in terms of what they would do for the hydropower industry.



Reclamation names new managers for two regions

International Hydropower Association announces new president, vice presidents


The International Hydropower Association's board selected a new president and vice presidents during a recent three-day meeting in London.

Iran, Armenia agree to pursue three hydropower projects


Iranian and Armenian ministers of energy have signed agreements for the joint development of three hydroelectric projects, state news sources have reported.

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Perspectives: Performance Counts


My 17-year-old daughter participates in the Pride of Broken Arrow band program at the Broken Arrow, Okla., high school. She has been a member of the color guard portion of this national-award-winning band for three years.

Alcoa appeals state bid to thwart FERC relicensing of 210-MW Yadkin hydro project


Alcoa Power Generating Inc. has filed a state administrative appeal of North Carolina's denial of water quality certification intended to prevent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing of Alcoa's 210-MW Yadkin hydroelectric project.

Second federal RPS proposal also includes hydroelectric power


Legislation introduced to the Senate this past week would include hydroelectric power as part of a proposed national renewable electricity standard.

National renewable portfolio standard includes hydroelectric power


Legislation submitted to Congress yesterday could establish a national renewable portfolio standard that includes hydroelectric power in its definition of clean energy.

Court halts work at Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project


Brazil's Regional Federal Court of the 1st Region has granted an injunction canceling a license for the construction of the 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower plant.

House approves bill with hydroelectric power provisions


A bill passed 417-3 yesterday by the House of Representatives authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to authorize a number of water resource development activities, including those associated with hydroelectric power generation.

Sarawak Energy defends Murum hydropower resettlement plan


Sarawak Energy has issued a statement regarding the development of its 944-MW Murum hydropower plant following "the many statements, rumors and commentaries" made by a number of outlets about the project's Resettlement Action Plan (RAP).

Appeals court: FERC hydro license trumps state damage claims


A federal appeals court has ruled that state law-based property damage claims against a hydropower licensee are pre-empted by the Federal Power Act if the licensee acted in compliance with its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license.

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