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Controversial Obama nominee withdraws from bid to be FERC chairman

10/01/2013

Facing the prospect of a negative recommendation from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, controversial Colorado consultant Ronald J. Binz withdrew his nomination by President Obama to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Work OK to resume at Brazil's 1.8-GW Teles Pires, court rules

10/01/2013

Brazil's Supremo Tribunal Federal has reversed a decision that halted work on the country's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydroelectric plant, per a ruling by Judge Ricardo Lewandowski this week.

Pakistan, India at odds over four hydropower project proposals

09/30/2013

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concerns within the country's National Assembly about four Indian hydropower projects that potentially violate the Indus Waters Treaty.

Norway seeks evaluation of national dam safety program

09/26/2013

Norway's petroleum and energy ministry seeks bids to evaluate the government's program to assure dam safety in Norway.

FERC issues Alaska hydro license, exempts projects in Colorado, California

09/26/2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed a small hydro project in Alaska and issued exemptions from licensing to projects in Colorado and California during August.

President Obama gives OK for small hydropower project in Denali

09/26/2013

President Barack Obama has signed off on legislation that will allow for the construction of a 50 kW small hydropower project within Alaska's Denali National Park.

Brazil still hotbed for hydropower development, but conditions could be better

09/25/2013

It probably isn't coincidence that Eletrobras Furnas president Flavio Decat remarked that "hydro is treated as an evil" during his HydroVision Brasil 2013 keynote address just days after work was suspended at the country's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower project.

Chile firm seeks feasibility study of biomass-hydropower renewable energy park

09/25/2013

Developer Bioenergy S.A. seeks proposals from U.S. firms to perform a feasibility study of a 58-MW biomass and hydropower renewable energy park near Mulchen, Chile.

Hydroelectric power still fighting public perceptions in Brazil, industry leader says

09/25/2013

Speaking at the HydroVision Brasil 2014 conference and exhibition in Sau Paulo this morning, Flavio Decat de Moura, president of Furnas, said: “Hydro is treated as an evil.”

Court shuts down work at Brazil's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower plant

09/23/2013

Work on Brazil's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower project has been halted, per an order given to Companhia Hidreletrica Teles Pires by a federal court this past week.

IHA examines Manitoba's 695-MW Keeyask hydropower plant

09/23/2013

Manitoba Hydro's 695-MW Keeyask Generating Station has earned the distinction of becoming the first North American hydropower project to be evaluated under the International Hydropower Association's Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

HydroVision International 2014 call for abstracts deadline extended

09/20/2013

The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines have extended the HydroVision International 2014 call for abstracts following a surge in interest from those interested in presenting technical papers or participating on panel presentations.

U.K. government rejects Severn Estuary tidal power proposal

09/19/2013

The United Kingdom has rejected a proposal for a US$40 billion tidal power project that would have been located in the Severn Estuary, per a statement from Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee.

Ranking GOP senator opposes Obama nominee for FERC chairman

09/19/2013

At the close of a confirmation hearing for President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced she would be unable to support nomination of controversial Colorado consultant Ronald J. Binz to the commission.

All hydroelectric power industry members invited to special webcast

09/19/2013

The organizers of Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America invite all members of the hydroelectric power industry to attend a special webcast that will discuss many of the issues facing project developers and operators.

Eletrobras announces interest in Sao Manoel, Itaocara hydropower projects

09/17/2013

Brazil's state-owned power company Eletrobras has announced its intention to bid on a pair of large hydropower projects in the country's upcoming A-5 power auction, president Jose da Costa Carvalho Neto said.

International Hydropower Association announces new board

09/13/2013

The International Hydropower Association has announced the results of its 2013 board elections, establishing the committee that will oversee the organization to October 2015.

Liberia seeks social, environmental impact training for hydropower, electric sector

09/12/2013

The government of Liberia invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide training in social and environmental impact assessments for power sector projects, including hydropower projects.

Welsh resources agency announces new environmental management standards

09/11/2013

Natural Resources Wales will release a new approach to the way it assesses water availability for hydroelectric power production, the government sponsored management body announced this past week.

FirstEnergy asks FERC OK to transfer 11 hydro plants to LS Power unit

09/10/2013

Multi-state utility FirstEnergy Corp. applied Sept. 4 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to transfer 10 hydropower licenses covering 11 hydro plants of 530 MW in three states to Harbor Hydro Holdings LLC, a unit of LS Power Group.


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