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Bank seeks communications consultant for Laos hydropower, forestry


The World Bank's International Finance Corp. (IFC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as stakeholder engagement/communications specialist for the hydropower and forestry sectors in Laos.

Bill introduced to aid American marine hydrokinetic industry


Legislation introduced to the U.S. Senate today could help remove regulatory obstacles and encourage research and development in the marine hydrokinetic energy sector of the hydroelectric power market.

U.S. House committee approves additional small conduit hydro development bill


The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has passed a bill that would support a piece of small conduit hydropower that is currently making its way through the Senate.

Elected officials support the hydropower industry at HydroVision International 2013


Although those who work in the hydroelectric industry on a daily basis clearly understand the benefits of this clean, renewable generating technology, it still isn’t getting its just deserts when it comes to legislation. One example is the production tax credits currently available for the development of new renewable electricity generating facilities. Why do wind, geothermal and closed-loop biomass plants get 2.3 cents per kWh while hydro gets only 1.1 cent per kWh? The legislation was originally enacted in 1992 and has been renewed and expanded numerous times. Even so, the January 2013 legislation did not increase the amount paid to hydropower.

Obama to nominate Connor for Interior's Deputy Secretary


President Barack Obama has announced his intent to announce nominations for a number of administration positions, including Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

New EIB guidelines could benefit hydropower projects, technology


A set of guidelines recently adopted by the European Investment Bank could benefit the development of hydroelectric power as the lending institution reinforced its support for European renewable and energy efficiency investments.

MWH Global chairman shares insight during HydroVision International keynote


Speaking to hundreds gathered during HydroVision International 2013's opening session earlier this week, MWH Global chairman and CEO Alan Krause shared his insight and experience gained in developing hydroelectric power on an international scale.

Share your pictures from Denver using #HydroVisionIntl


Be sure to use the #HydroVisionIntl hashtag whenever you post pictures from HydroVision International 2013 and we'll post the best pictures from this year's event at the end of every day.

FERC approves changes in ancillary service sales, reporting


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued final rules July 18 intending to bring greater competition and transparency to markets for ancillary services to the transmission grid.

California's 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain pumped-storage project gets state go-ahead


The proposed 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain pumped-storage hydropower project has been approved by California state water quality officials, paving the way for consideration by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC refuses to force Alaska hydro project applicant to perform climate change studies


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected an attempt by a federal fisheries agency to force the Alaska Energy Authority to perform speculative climate change studies as part of licensing the 600-MW Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project on Alaska's upper Susitna River.

Download the free HydroVision International 2013 companion app


With everything HydroVision International 2013 has to offer, navigating the world's largest hydroelectric power event might seem overwhelming.

HydroVision Russia 2014 accepting abstracts through August 2


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

McCarthy takes over as new head of EPA


The U.S. Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy to take over as new head of the Environmental Protection Agency with a 59-40 vote.

Philippines' DOE approves six small hydro projects


The Philippines' Department of Energy has approved the construction of six hydropower projects following studies by its Renewable Energy Management Board (REMB).

Hydropower project operator files complaint with EC over Swedish taxation


European utility Fortum has filed a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that the Swedish government is applying a selective tax on hydroelectric power.



ABB CEO Hogan resigns, succeeded by Spiesshofer

Discussion offers opportunity to learn more about hydro project development at federal facilities


With multiple pieces of hydropower-friendly legislation currently awaiting action in the U.S. Senate and a president committed to using renewables to lower America's carbon emissions, the addition of hydroelectric-generating components on existing federal facilities seems like a win-win for everyone.

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