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Government shutdown's impact on hydropower industry unclear


Clouds of uncertainty hang over Washington D.C. after Congress was unable to pass the federal budget before the new fiscal year began at 12 a.m. this morning, sending the government into its first shutdown since 1995.

Four hydropower projects honored during HydroVision Brasil 2013


The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines congratulate the winners in the 2013 Hydro Projects of the Year awards program, presented this past week during HydroVision Brasil in Sao Paulo.

Controversial Obama nominee withdraws from bid to be FERC chairman


Facing the prospect of a negative recommendation from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, controversial Colorado consultant Ronald J. Binz withdrew his nomination by President Obama to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Work OK to resume at Brazil's 1.8-GW Teles Pires, court rules


Brazil's Supremo Tribunal Federal has reversed a decision that halted work on the country's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydroelectric plant, per a ruling by Judge Ricardo Lewandowski this week.

Pakistan, India at odds over four hydropower project proposals


Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concerns within the country's National Assembly about four Indian hydropower projects that potentially violate the Indus Waters Treaty.

Norway seeks evaluation of national dam safety program


Norway's petroleum and energy ministry seeks bids to evaluate the government's program to assure dam safety in Norway.

FERC issues Alaska hydro license, exempts projects in Colorado, California


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed a small hydro project in Alaska and issued exemptions from licensing to projects in Colorado and California during August.

President Obama gives OK for small hydropower project in Denali


President Barack Obama has signed off on legislation that will allow for the construction of a 50 kW small hydropower project within Alaska's Denali National Park.

Brazil still hotbed for hydropower development, but conditions could be better


It probably isn't coincidence that Eletrobras Furnas president Flavio Decat remarked that "hydro is treated as an evil" during his HydroVision Brasil 2013 keynote address just days after work was suspended at the country's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower project.

Chile firm seeks feasibility study of biomass-hydropower renewable energy park


Developer Bioenergy S.A. seeks proposals from U.S. firms to perform a feasibility study of a 58-MW biomass and hydropower renewable energy park near Mulchen, Chile.

Hydroelectric power still fighting public perceptions in Brazil, industry leader says


Speaking at the HydroVision Brasil 2014 conference and exhibition in Sau Paulo this morning, Flavio Decat de Moura, president of Furnas, said: “Hydro is treated as an evil.”

Court shuts down work at Brazil's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower plant


Work on Brazil's 1.8-GW Teles Pires hydropower project has been halted, per an order given to Companhia Hidreletrica Teles Pires by a federal court this past week.

IHA examines Manitoba's 695-MW Keeyask hydropower plant


Manitoba Hydro's 695-MW Keeyask Generating Station has earned the distinction of becoming the first North American hydropower project to be evaluated under the International Hydropower Association's Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

HydroVision International 2014 call for abstracts deadline extended


The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines have extended the HydroVision International 2014 call for abstracts following a surge in interest from those interested in presenting technical papers or participating on panel presentations.

U.K. government rejects Severn Estuary tidal power proposal


The United Kingdom has rejected a proposal for a US$40 billion tidal power project that would have been located in the Severn Estuary, per a statement from Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee.

Ranking GOP senator opposes Obama nominee for FERC chairman


At the close of a confirmation hearing for President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced she would be unable to support nomination of controversial Colorado consultant Ronald J. Binz to the commission.

All hydroelectric power industry members invited to special webcast


The organizers of Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America invite all members of the hydroelectric power industry to attend a special webcast that will discuss many of the issues facing project developers and operators.

Eletrobras announces interest in Sao Manoel, Itaocara hydropower projects


Brazil's state-owned power company Eletrobras has announced its intention to bid on a pair of large hydropower projects in the country's upcoming A-5 power auction, president Jose da Costa Carvalho Neto said.

International Hydropower Association announces new board


The International Hydropower Association has announced the results of its 2013 board elections, establishing the committee that will oversee the organization to October 2015.

Liberia seeks social, environmental impact training for hydropower, electric sector


The government of Liberia invites expressions of interest from consultants to provide training in social and environmental impact assessments for power sector projects, including hydropower projects.

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