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FERC OKs sale of 11 FirstEnergy hydro plants; license transfers pending

11/11/2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the sale by multi-state utility FirstEnergy Corp. of 11 hydro plants of 530 MW in three states to a unit of independent developer LS Power Group.

Thoughts on a national renewable portfolio standard

11/08/2013

With a pair of federal renewable portfolio standards submitted to the Senate within just days of each other during the last week of October, I thought it might be a good idea to compare the two in terms of what they would do for the hydropower industry.

Transitions

11/07/2013

Reclamation names new managers for two regions

International Hydropower Association announces new president, vice presidents

11/06/2013

The International Hydropower Association's board selected a new president and vice presidents during a recent three-day meeting in London.

Iran, Armenia agree to pursue three hydropower projects

11/06/2013

Iranian and Armenian ministers of energy have signed agreements for the joint development of three hydroelectric projects, state news sources have reported.

The Leading Edge

11/05/2013

DOE funds wave and tidal energy development

Industry News

11/05/2013

FERC receives application for Mineville pumped storage

Perspectives: Performance Counts

11/04/2013

My 17-year-old daughter participates in the Pride of Broken Arrow band program at the Broken Arrow, Okla., high school. She has been a member of the color guard portion of this national-award-winning band for three years.

Alcoa appeals state bid to thwart FERC relicensing of 210-MW Yadkin hydro project

11/04/2013

Alcoa Power Generating Inc. has filed a state administrative appeal of North Carolina's denial of water quality certification intended to prevent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing of Alcoa's 210-MW Yadkin hydroelectric project.

Second federal RPS proposal also includes hydroelectric power

11/04/2013

Legislation introduced to the Senate this past week would include hydroelectric power as part of a proposed national renewable electricity standard.

National renewable portfolio standard includes hydroelectric power

11/01/2013

Legislation submitted to Congress yesterday could establish a national renewable portfolio standard that includes hydroelectric power in its definition of clean energy.

Court halts work at Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project

10/29/2013

Brazil's Regional Federal Court of the 1st Region has granted an injunction canceling a license for the construction of the 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower plant.

House approves bill with hydroelectric power provisions

10/25/2013

A bill passed 417-3 yesterday by the House of Representatives authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to authorize a number of water resource development activities, including those associated with hydroelectric power generation.

Sarawak Energy defends Murum hydropower resettlement plan

10/24/2013

Sarawak Energy has issued a statement regarding the development of its 944-MW Murum hydropower plant following "the many statements, rumors and commentaries" made by a number of outlets about the project's Resettlement Action Plan (RAP).

Appeals court: FERC hydro license trumps state damage claims

10/23/2013

A federal appeals court has ruled that state law-based property damage claims against a hydropower licensee are pre-empted by the Federal Power Act if the licensee acted in compliance with its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license.

Hydroelectric power's future in Ontario strong, minister says

10/22/2013

Speaking at the Ontario Waterpower Association's annual conference and exhibition, Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli affirmed the role of hydroelectric power in the province's current and future energy sector.

FERC chair will join Stoel Rives LLP

10/22/2013

Jon Wellinghoff, Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will join energy law practice Stoel Rives LLP after leaving FERC, the Portland-based firm said.

An Update from Canada

10/21/2013

Not to give too much away, but I'm currently working on an update on the state of hydropower development in Canada for December's issue of Hydro Review magazine.

FERC hydro license amendments add 3.2 MW; third amendment seeks 170 kW

10/18/2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved hydropower license amendments for projects in Wisconsin and Michigan, increasing installed hydro capacity 3.2 MW during September.

Government shutdown ends after Congress moves legislation

10/17/2013

Congress approved a measure yesterday that will suspend the United States' debt limit until February 7, averting default and providing government funding for agencies that have been shuttered for more than two weeks.

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