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News related to the marine hydrokinetics industry in North America for March 2014

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Transboundary rivers consultant tender to focus on Africa's Senegal River Basin


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to measure the benefits of international cooperation on transboundary rivers, studying the hydropower-rich Senegal River Basin as an example.

Hot Topics in Dam Safety


Who better to tell us what the hot topics are with regard to dams than our readers? Here we present the top 10 most-read dams and civil structures stories of 2013, based on page views at

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India allocates additional funds for Bhutan's 1,200-MW Punatsangchu 1 hydropower project


The government of India has reserved about US$286 million for interim cost escalations associated with the development of Bhutan's 1,200-MW Punatsangchu 1 hydropower project.

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In-conduit hydroelectric power bill awaits governor's signature


Legislation recognizing in-conduit hydroelectric power has been approved by Washington's state Senate.

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World Bank clarifies stance on 4,800-MW Inga 3 hydroelectric project


A project appraisal document submitted to the World Bank Group's executive board this week seems to conflict with earlier reports that the lending institution had changed its funding model for the Inga 3 hydropower project.

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Pimley named interim commisioner of Reclamation


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has appointed Lowell Pimley as the Bureau of Reclamation's acting commissioner.

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National Hydropower Association announces new leadership team


The National Hydropower Association has announced its selected officers and advisory board members for 2014-15.


FERC sets workshop on reactive supply, frequency regulation and response


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a workshop to gather information on third-party provision of reactive supply and voltage control, and frequency regulation and response.

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Tokwe-Mukosi Dam flaws possibly linked to cost-cutting measures


Changes to the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam's design made more than a decade ago could have contributed to the flaws that have caused the displacement thousands of families earlier this year.

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Senate confirms Connor as Interior's new deputy secretary


The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the appointment of Michael L. Connor as the next deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Developer files FERC application for pumped-storage/solar power project


Green Energy Storage Corp. applied Feb. 24 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the proposed Sacaton Pumped-Storage Project in Arizona, which would include both hydroelectric and solar power elements.

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U.S. seeks consultants to help boost hydro investment in Georgia republic


The United States Agency for International Development seeks proposals from firms to help implement laws and regulations in the republic of Georgia governing water resources, facilitating investment in hydropower development and promoting energy trading between Georgia and neighboring countries.

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FERC again rejects licensee attempt to avoid jurisdiction as small conduit hydro


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a rehearing request by the licensee of the 400-kW Brighton hydroelectric project, saying Brighton could not escape FERC jurisdiction as a small conduit project because it uses an 80-foot-tall, 995-foot-long dam.


Hydroelectric power prominent part of Africa's energy future, AEEP says


A meeting between high-level leaders from Africa and Europe has established the goal of providing energy access to 100 million Africans by 2020, and hydroelectric power will play a key role.


FERC clarifies ancillary service sales, reporting rules


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued clarifications Feb. 20 to its final rules to bring greater competition and transparency to markets for ancillary services to the transmission grid.

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Peru gives go-ahead to 600-MW Chadin 2 hydropower plant


Peru's government has given its approval to an environmental impact study conducted by developer Odebrecht Energia for its 600-MW Chadin 2 hydropower project.


Japanese auto giant hopes to capitalize on Bhutan's hydroelectric power surplus


Bhutan and Japanese car manufacturer Nissan have signed a deal that will make use of the Himalayan country's abundance of hydroelectric power.

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