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House Natural Resources Committee holds field hearing on Columbia River Treaty


The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee held a full committee oversight field hearing yesterday regarding the importance of power and flood control in future Columbia River Treaty negotiations.

Update from Ontario: Recalibrating for the Long Term


Review is currently under way of the Canadian province of Ontario's new Long Term Energy Plan. By 2018, the province will add more than 900 MW of hydropower - an 11% increase - with much more potential possible.

Northern Exposure: Canadian Hydro in the Spotlight


Hydroelectric power has been a staple in Canada's energy mix for more than a century, but its role is evolving. Find out how politics, social responsibility and foreign markets are shaping the industry's future.

Renewable energy strike prices do not aid marine energy development in UK


Revised renewable energy strike prices are causing frustration for Scotland’s Orkney Islands Council after special rates are denied for wave and tidal infrastructure off the coast of Scotland. 

New small conduit hydropower project development bill passes U.S. House


A bill designed to further support small conduit hydropower project development passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote earlier this week.

Tajikistan receives ADB funds for Golovnaya hydropower plant rehab, upgrades


The Asian Development Bank has approve a US$136 million grant for the refurbishment of electrical and mechanical equipment at Tajikistan's 240-MW Golovnaya hydropower plant.

FERC receives filings for Massachusetts hydro license, Oregon exemption


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received applications for a 2.207-MW hydropower license in Massachusetts and a 300-kW conduit exemption from licensing in Oregon during October.

National Hydropower Association's Leahey awarded promotion


The National Hydropower Association has promoted Jeff Leahey to the position of Deputy Executive Director, per a recent meeting of the NHA Board of Directors.

Seattle seeks seasonal power exchange for 101-MW Lucky Peak hydro project


Municipal utility Seattle City Light invites proposals from utilities and power marketers to exchange a fixed amount of fall and winter electricity for spring and summer electricity produced by the 101-MW Lucky Peak hydroelectric project on Idaho's Boise River.

Ontario ups hydroelectric power potential in newest Long-Term Energy Plan


Ontario's newest Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) expands the province's target for hydroelectric power from 9,000 MW to 9,300 MW, according to documents released earlier this week by Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli.

Obama names LaFleur acting FERC chairman


President Obama appointed Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 25, succeeding Chairman Jon Wellinghoff who had continued to serve since submitting his resignation in May.

Yukon government exploring hydropower project development


The Yukon Development Corporation has received a directive from the territory's government to conduct research and planning on hydroelectric power generation.

FERC, California complete pact on hydropower pre-licensing cooperation


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Water Resources Control Board have completed a memorandum of understanding under which the agencies are to coordinate pre-application activities for proposed FERC-licensed hydropower projects.

Rwanda authorizes Rusumo Falls hydropower project loan agreements


The Rwandan Senate has passed a law authorizing the ratification of loan and grant agreements for the construction of the 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydropower project.

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.

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