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How North America can Benefit from UK Know-How in Ocean Energy

06/18/2014

The United Kingdom is known for its pioneering work in wave, tidal and ocean current energy. The U.S. and Canada have vast marine resources and would benefit from partnerships with UK companies in a number of ways, including building expertise, sharing lessons learned and fostering industry growth.

Perspectives: Making a Personal Connection

06/18/2014

I recently attended PennWell's POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe events in Cologne, Germany. This event attracted more than 11,000 registrants ... in a time when the electric power market sector in Europe is, in a word, struggling.

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Bill dictates treatment of non-federal hydroelectric power on USACE infrastructure

06/16/2014

Text contained in the recently enacted Water Resources Reform and Development Act clarifies the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' regulatory process for private hydroelectric power development on federally-owned infrastructure.

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Oregon wave testing center files FERC license notice, scoping documents

06/12/2014

Oregon State University's Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has filed a notice of intent to license and environmental scoping documents for the nation's first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site.

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Pennsylvania announces grant program for hydroelectric power, renewable development

06/12/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and the state's Department of Environmental Protection have announced a new grant and loan program designed to encourage the deployment of renewable generating technologies, including hydroelectric power.

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Chile rejects proposal for 2,750-MW HidroAysen hydroelectric project

06/11/2014

The proposed 2,750-MW HidroAysen hydroelectric project was rejected by the Chilean government yesterday following a three-hour meeting of the country's ministers of agriculture, energy, mining, economy and health.

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U.S. seeks environmental study of Pakistan's 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydro project

06/10/2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks bids to perform an environmental and social impact assessment of Pakistan's proposed 4,500-MW Diamer Bhasha hydroelectric project on the Indus River.

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BC Hydro names new President & CEO

06/09/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro has announced the appointment of Jessica McDonald as its new President and CEO, effective July 14, ending a three-month search that began when current President and CEO Charles Reid announced his plans to retire.

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Tri-County Water commissions 8-MW Ridgway Dam small hydropower plant

06/06/2014

Colorado's Tri-County Water Conservancy District has commissioned the 8-MW Ridgway Dam small hydropower complex.

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RusHydro to start selling shares on St. Petersburg exchange

06/06/2014

Russian energy giant JSC RusHydro has announced the company's shares will be include in the list of tradable securities on the Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange.

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Developer asks to surrender FERC license for first U.S. wave power project, 1.5-MW Reedsport

06/04/2014

Citing financial and regulatory challenges, Ocean Power Technologies Inc. has applied to surrender the license for its 1.5-MW Reedsport OPT Wave Park, the first commercial-scale wave power project to be licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Scottish Renewables calls for UK pumped-storage development

06/04/2014

European trade organization Scottish Renewables has announced a call for a new body intended to examine the potential of pumped-storage hydroelectric power within the United Kingdom.

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Deadline for PennWell Wall of Honor sponsorships, nominations is June 24

06/02/2014

The PennWell Corporation is proud to once again feature the Wall of Honor as a prominent part of all its 2014 North America Power Events.

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Saas-Balen contemplates 4.6 MW small hydropower project

06/02/2014

Swiss village Saas-Balen and German developer Kraftwerke Mattmark AG (KWM) have begun an investigation on the possible construction of a 4.6 MW hydropower plant above the Fellbach waterfall.

Colorado enacts small hydropower development legislation

06/02/2014

A bill enacted Saturday by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will help aid the development of small hydroelectric power within the state.

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India, Bhutan committed to joint venture hydropower projects

05/30/2014

A recent meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay affirmed the countries' commitment to constructing more than 2,100 MW of additional hydroelectric power capacity in Bhutan.

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FERC licenses three hydro projects totaling 121 MW

05/29/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed three hydroelectric projects in Louisiana and Illinois totaling 121 MW in April.

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Putin signs decree allowing for issuance of RusHydro shares

05/29/2014

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing Russian energy giant JSC RusHydro to issue additional shares, providing that the government's ownership in the share capital of the company does not fall below 60.5%.

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Myanmar approves Thanlwin River hydropower project

05/28/2014

The Myanmar Minister of Electric Power has granted approval to local company Asia World and China's Hanergy Group Holding Ltd. to develop a 1,400 MW hydropower plant along the Thanlwin River.

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Senate panel examines FERC nominees LaFleur, Bay

05/21/2014

President Obama's two nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testified in a confirmation hearing May 20, facing senators' questions about FERC's enforcement policies and whether Obama's choice for FERC chairman, Norman C. Bay, is sufficiently experienced to replace the other nominee, Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, as chairman.

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