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Former BPA administrator joins Mid-West Electric Consumers Association


Former Bonneville Power Administration head Bill Drummond will take over as deputy executive director for the Colorado-based utility Mid-West Electric Consumers Association, effective March 1.

Hydro Buyer's Guide website update provides great new features


An update to the Hydro Buyers' Guide online at provides a clean new look and many updated features, including products and services grouped into seven broad categories for ease of use.

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Corps report identifies more than 220 non-powered sites for potential hydroelectric power development


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping to encourage the non-federal development of hydroelectric power capacity at currently non-powered USACE sites with the release of a new agency report.

FERC seeks pilot projects to test a two-year hydro licensing process


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks pilot projects from developers to test a two-year licensing process for hydropower development at existing non-powered dams and at closed-loop pumped-storage projects.

FERC sets geographic limits on municipal preference


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has for the first time established geographic limits on the granting of municipal preference in the issuance of preliminary permits to study developing hydroelectric projects.

NHA accepting nominations for Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship program


The National Hydropower Association is now accepting nominations for its Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship program.

NorthWestern Energy files to acquire 11 hydropower plants


Utility company NorthWestern Energy has submitted a formal request to the Montana Public Service Commission for the purchase of 11 hydroelectric power projects and related assets from PPL Montana.

FERC receives six hydro license applications totaling 43.825 MW


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received six hydro license applications totaling 43.825 MW during November including four applications from a Free Flow Power affiliate for projects at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams.

Past chairmen meet to participate in FERC's 1,000th meeting


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission celebrated its 1,000th meeting Dec. 19 joined by a group of past commission chairmen at FERC headquarters.

NYPA hydroelectric power allocations creating new jobs in New York


Hydroelectric power allotments announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will lead to the creation of almost 650 new jobs and US$206 million in capital investments.

U.S. considers financing Congo's 4,200-MW Inga 3 hydroelectric plant


The United States is considering an investment into the Democratic Republic of Congo's 4,200-MW Inga 3 hydropower project, wire services report.

British Hydropower Association names new CEO


The British Hydropower Association has Simon Hamlyn as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective after current CEO David Williams retires Jan. 22, 2014.

Canadian government works out loan guarantee for Lower Churchill hydroelectric projects


Canadian officials on Dec. 10 announced the finalization of a federal loan guarantee for Nalcor Energy's Lower Churchill hydroelectric projects.

Scottish energy ministry approves 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage hydropower project


Plans for the 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage hydropower project have been given the go-ahead by Scottish Minister of Energy Fergus Ewing, opening the door for a plant that could eventually supply as much as 10% of the country's peak electricity demand.



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Funding increased for research in Canada's Bay of Fundy

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FERC approves sale of 11 FirstEnergy hydro plants

FERC suggests Congress make resource agencies meet hydro licensing deadlines


The four members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testified before a House subcommittee, telling lawmakers that hydropower licensing might be accelerated if Congress could compel state and federal resource agencies to meet deadlines in the licensing process.

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.

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