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Hydroelectric power to remain strong in China, IBISWorld says

01/31/2014

Hydroelectric power represents one of China's fastest growing industries, according to a recent study by global market research group IBISWorld.

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ContourGlobal buys Armenia's 405-MW Vorotan cascade hydropower project

01/29/2014

New York-based ContourGlobal has signed an agreement with the Armenian government to purchase and modernize the 405-MW Vorotan hydroelectric project.

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Bill could raise spending limit for Reclamation dam safety improvements

01/28/2014

A bill introduced to the Senate this past week would adjust the spending cap on dam safety improvements for infrastructure managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration head

01/27/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy named Elliot Mainzer the new Administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration earlier today.

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01/25/2014

House Committee holds field hearing on Columbia River Treaty

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USSD announces key dates for 2014 annual conference

01/24/2014

The U.S. Society on Dams has announced a number of deadlines in advance of its Annual Meeting and Conference.

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European Commission aims to increase ocean power development

01/23/2014

A new European Commission action plan seeks to further development of Europe's ocean energy sector.

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Proposals could impact production at 80-MW Denison hydropower project

01/23/2014

A Lake Texoma community organization is requesting changes to water use laws that could have an impact on hydroelectric power generation at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Denison Dam.

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Connecticut town considering Archimedes Screw hydropower plant

01/23/2014

The Manchester town board has approved a bid waiver from the New England Hydropower Company that will allow the Massachusetts-based group to explore the feasibility of a new small hydropower project at the town's Union Pond Dam.

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India approves three hydropower projects

01/22/2014

India's Cabinet Committee on Investment has given the go-ahead for three hydropower projects that have been long been awaiting environmental approval, Asian sources have report.

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China announces new policy to encourage hydroelectric power development

01/22/2014

China's National Development and Reform Commission has announced a reform that will increase the price grid operators pay to hydroelectric power plants in an effort to spur industry investments.

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FERC issues proposed rules to protect grid from geomagnetic disturbances

01/21/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued proposed reliability standards intended to mitigate effects of geomagnetic disturbances on the nation's bulk electricity system.

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Albion Ventures invests in new small hydropower scheme

01/21/2014

Investment firm Albion Ventures LLC has agreed to supply US$5.1 million to developer Green Highland Renewables for a new 1 MW small hydropower project in the Scottish highlands.

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FERC staff reports on initial work to implement Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

01/17/2014

In a report on implementing new hydropower legislation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff reports a handful of small project operators already have taken steps to leave FERC jurisdiction or to extend terms of their preliminary permits.

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Droughts worrisome for California hydroelectric power operators

01/17/2014

The effects of California's continuing drought are being felt by the state's utilities -- many of which obtain at least a portion of their supply from hydroelectric power sources.

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FERC final EIS backs relicensing 82.3-MW Toledo Bend hydro project

01/15/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 81-MW Toledo Bend hydroelectric project on the Sabine River including a 1.3-MW expansion unit for total installed capacity of 82.3 MW.

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HydroVision Brasil board invites industry members to share expertise

01/15/2014

The advisory board for HydroVision Brasil is now accepting abstracts for the 2014 conference program.

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Peru grants concessions for two hydropower plant proposals

01/14/2014

Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines has granted temporary concessions for a pair of hydropower project proposals in the country's Cusco department, according to a recent resolution.

So, hydroelectric power isn't renewable...?

01/14/2014

I was already in a fairly poor mood while watching the Oklahoma City Thunder get dismantled by Denver earlier this month, but the new ExxonMobil ad campaign featured during almost every commercial break did little to help the situation.

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Reclamation reduces releases from Nimbus Dam during dry spell

01/10/2014

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced its plan to reduce flows in the lower American River in order to protect steelhead that will be spawning in January and February.

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