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Obama nomination to elevate FERC staffer Bay to chairmanship


President Obama has nominated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Enforcement Director Norman C. Bay to be a FERC commissioner, with the intention to name Bay chairman once he is confirmed by the Senate.

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USACE Lt. Gen. Bostick to speak at HydroVision International keynote


The organizers of HydroVision International 2014 are pleased to announce that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick will participate as a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference and exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.

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Developers close financing for 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project


Financial closing for Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant has been achieved, international business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau said.

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Nepal hydroelectric power developer announces public offering


The Securities Board of Nepal has given its approval for Ridi Hydropower Development Company Ltd. to float 1.1 million units of ordinary shares to the public with the following months.

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Omnibus appropriations bill could change U.S. participation in international hydropower project development


Buried deep within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 is a clause that could potentially affect the United States' role in large-scale international hydroelectric power development.


FERC authorizes 16 hydropower projects totaling 21.065 MW in 2013


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued 16 hydropower licenses and exemptions in 2013, totaling 21.065 MW. It also received applications in the same period for 21 licenses and exemptions totaling 141.864 MW.

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Hydroelectric power to remain strong in China, IBISWorld says


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


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


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


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

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House Committee holds field hearing on Columbia River Treaty


USSD announces key dates for 2014 annual conference


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


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


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


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


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


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.


FERC issues proposed rules to protect grid from geomagnetic disturbances


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


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.


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


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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