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    FERC Chairman Wellinghoff submits resignation to president


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

    World Bank Announces Renewed Support for Large Hydropower


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

    World's largest hydroelectric power event earns industry honors


    HydroVision International -- the world's largest event dedicated to the hydroelectric power industry -- has again been recognized by Trade Show Executive as one of the fastest-growing tradeshows in the United States.

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