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    Connecticut House approves new renewable portfolio standards

    05/30/2013

    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

    05/30/2013

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

    World Bank Announces Renewed Support for Large Hydropower

    05/30/2013

    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

    05/30/2013

    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

    05/29/2013

    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

    05/29/2013

    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

    05/28/2013

    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

    05/28/2013

    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

    05/24/2013

    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

    05/23/2013

    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.

    FERC eyes power system protection from geomagnetic disturbances

    05/23/2013

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ordered the development of reliability standards to protect the nation's bulk electricity system from the effects of geomagnetic disturbances.

    Cameroon seeks Sanaga Basin water resources management including hydropower

    05/21/2013

    Cameroon utility Electricity Development Corp. (EDC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a framework for integrated water resources management in the Sanaga River Basin, site of more than half of Cameroon's 13,700 MW of hydropower potential.

    IHA releases hydropower project sustainability evaluations

    05/20/2013

    The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released a first set of official reports made using its Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, which evaluates hydroelectric projects and their operators in a number of criteria.

    Senate confirms President's Secretary of Energy nominee

    05/16/2013

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved nominee Ernest Moniz as the nation's new Secretary of Energy with a 97-0 vote in favor earlier today.

    Hydroelectric project developers receive extension from Panama utility regulator

    05/16/2013

    The Panama Hydroelectrical Development Company has received an extension from utilities regulator Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Publicos (Asep) to complete work on the 28-MW Santa Maria hydroelectric project.

    FERC licenses three hydro projects, reports 62-MW Rainbow expansion on line

    05/16/2013

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued two original hydropower licenses, relicensed a third project, and reported the 62-MW Rainbow expansion hydro plant went on line in Montana during April.

    Chinese environmental ministry approves massive Shuangjiangkou hydropower project

    05/15/2013

    China's Ministry of Environmental Protection has approved what could become the country's tallest hydropower plant, despite concerns regarding the project's impact on plants and rare fish.

    Kongsberg releases new device for underwater inspections

    05/13/2013

    Technology manufacturer Kongsberg Mesotech Limited has released a new ultra high-resolution sonar head with applications in underwater inspections of hydropower projects and dams.

    Court upholds ruling in Cabin Creek hydropower project case

    05/10/2013

    In a case involving a deadly accident in 2007, three vendors hired by an Xcel Energy subsidiary to do work at a hydroelectric power facility in Colorado have had an earlier legal victory upheld by the Colorado Court of Appeals.

    FERC calls conference on reliability of bulk power system

    05/10/2013

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans a technical conference July 9 on reliability of the bulk electricity system.


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