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Seattle hydro utility seeks coordinator for infrastructure construction


Seattle City Light invites applications for the position of senior capital projects coordinator for infrastructure construction related to the utility's hydroelectric facilities.

U.S. seeks water quality monitoring at Virginia's Gathright Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids from firms to provide water quality sampling services at the Corps' Gathright Dam on the Jackson River in Alleghany County, Va.

Bank reissues call for consultant to Laos hydro development working group


The World Bank's International Finance Corp. (IFC) has reissued a call for expressions of interest from consultants to facilitate a Hydropower Developers Working Group in Laos.

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International Hydropower Association announces IHA World Congress


Members of the hydroelectric power community will convene in May for the International Hydropower Association's World Congress for discussions concerning hydropower development around the world.

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EPRI reports hydro could provide 3% of U.S. annual demand

Assessing How Uncertainty Affects Reservoir Operations


BC Hydro is investigating the use of several stochastic modeling techniques to determine water value functions for stored water in its two multi-year storage reservoirs. The marginal values of water in these reservoirs will help the utility perform more robust operations analyses, which account for uncertainties in inflows, market prices and domestic load.

Perspectives: Solving the Hydro Disconnect


The first piece of legislation approved by the 113th Congress this year was a bill designed to help speed development of new hydropower.* Not only did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the bill, the lawmakers passed it unanimously (422-0).

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Department of Energy seeks partners for marine power impact research


A competitive funding opportunity announced by the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Water Resource Program is designed to help reduce market barriers commonly faced by the marine and hydrokinetic technology industry.

Bosnia seeks management consultants for 20-MW Vranduk hydropower development project


Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist project preparation and management of the 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric development project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

U.S. seeks PIT tag suppliers for Northwest fish passage research


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to supply large quantities of passive integrated transponder tags for fish passage research by the Corps Northwestern Division's Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program.

Pakistan seeks bathymetric equipment for underwater surveying of Punjab State dams


The Irrigation and Power Department of Pakistan's Punjab State seeks bids to supply bathymetric equipment for underwater surveying in reservoirs of dams in Punjab State.

Geotechnical survey sought by U.S. at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform geotechnical survey work at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

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AfDB finances Kholombidzo hydropower project feasibility study


A US$2.04 million grant approved this week by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) will allow developers to conduct feasibility studies for the Kholombidzo hydroelectric project.

Malawi seeks more consultants for Shire River control, management program


Malawi has issued additional solicitations for consultants for a series of river control and management tasks under its Shire River Basin Management Program.

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World's largest hydroelectric power event to feature ocean/tidal/stream power track


HydroVision International 2013 -- the world's largest conference and exhibition devoted to the hydroelectric power industry -- will feature an entire seven-session panel presentation track covering the ocean/tidal/stream power market.

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Tanzanian college to offer hydroelectric power courses


An agreement between the Arusha Technical College (ATC) and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) will allow ATC to become the first institution in Africa to offer practical training in fields pertaining to the hydroelectric power industry.

Hidrolitoral announces studies for two new hydropower projects


Ecuadorian hydropower developer Hidroenergetico del Litoral (Hidrolitoral) will soon begin design studies for a pair of new hydroelectric projects, has learned.

Bank seeks Drina River control, management, including hydro, in Balkans


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to support water resources management in the Drina River Basin of the Balkans.

Angola seeks specs for river basin hydro-meteorological stations


Angola's Ministry of Energy and Water invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare bills of quantities and specifications to install or refurbish hydro-meteorological stations and associated equipment in river basins in Angola.

U.S. BPA invites energy research proposals to improve Northwest system


The Bonneville Power Administration's Technology Innovation Office invites proposals for energy research to develop technologies to improve operation of the hydropower-based electric system in the Pacific Northwest.

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