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Welsh resources agency announces new environmental management standards


Natural Resources Wales will release a new approach to the way it assesses water availability for hydroelectric power production, the government sponsored management body announced this past week.

FirstEnergy asks FERC OK to transfer 11 hydro plants to LS Power unit


Multi-state utility FirstEnergy Corp. applied Sept. 4 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to transfer 10 hydropower licenses covering 11 hydro plants of 530 MW in three states to Harbor Hydro Holdings LLC, a unit of LS Power Group.

Ontario reviewing hydroelectric power potential of province's north


Engineering consulting firm Hatch has been retained by the Ontario government to undertake an updated analysis and evaluation of hydroelectric power potential in the province's northern region.

Afghanistan, Pakistan considering 1,500 MW hydropower plant


Council members and residents in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province have said they are interested in supporting a new hydropower project along the Kunar River that was recently proposed by Afghan and Pakistani ministers.

FERC sets workshop on implementing Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a workshop to begin studying how to implement streamlined hydropower project regulation under the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.

EPE hopes for six hydropower projects in Brazil's December A-5 auction


Brazil's federal energy planning company, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), hopes to include 1.2 GW-worth of hydroelectric projects in its December A-5 power auction, has learned.

Developer receives approval for 49.4-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage project


The Gwynedd Council has granted the Quarry Battery Company (QBC) planning permission to develop a 49.4-MW pumped-storage hydroelectric plant on the site of the former Glyn Rhonwy slate mine in Wales.

Industry experts to discuss Brazilian energy transmission issues


Recurring blackouts in northeastern Brazil have some questioning the reliability of the country's aging transmission infrastructure.

DOE announces US$16 million in funding for wave and tidal energy development


The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a total of US$16 million for 17 wave and tidal energy programs.

McGinn leaves renewable energy group ACORE


Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn's tenure as president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) ended today, following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment before the August recess.

Stakeholders work toward relicensing 876.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydro project


Stakeholders have signed an agreement in principle for the relicensing of Duke Energy's 867.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydroelectric project and already have launched the negotiating process intended to create a relicensing agreement by November.

EIB, CABEI announce Central America hydroelectric power investment program


A new joint program announced by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration will allow for hydropower project investments in six Latin American countries.



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Brazil's EPE approves 17 hydropower projects for upcoming A-5 auction


Brazil's energy research agency, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), has included 17 hydropower projects in its upcoming A-5 power auction.

Hydropower project operator BC Hydro seeks feedback on draft resource plan


Canadian utility and hydropower project operator BC Hydro has been directed to conduct a final round of consultations on its most recent draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with First Nation groups, key stakeholders and the public.

U.S. ambassador calls for investments in Nepalese hydroelectric power sector


A recent conference call hosted by United States Ambassador to Nepal Peter Bodde is hoped to generate American interest in the south Asian country's hydroelectric power market, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Seattle passes final hurdle for FERC relicense of 1,003-MW Boundary hydro project


Seattle announced it overcame the final hurdle to relicensing the 1,003.253-MW Boundary hydroelectric project with the deadline for appeals of its new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower license.

Sunbury Weir micro hydro project halted by local council


Plans to install a 440 kW micro hydro project at Sunbury Weir on the River Thames have been suspended due to concerns about the developer's proposal, has learned.

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