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    Wave and tidal power growing slowly, steadily

    12/15/2009

    Proponents of wave and tidal power have compared the state of this area of the renewable energy sector with the early days of wind power. The technology has great potential but still must prove itself before it can be widely deployed.

    NHA applauds increased funding for Waterpower Program

    11/13/2009

    President Obama recently signed into law a measure that provides $50 million to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waterpower Program, a 25 percent increase in funding.

    World Energy Research to build three hydroelectric projects in Guatemala

    11/06/2009

    World Energy Research (WER) has secured construction contracts and purchase power agreements for three new hydroelectric projects in Guatemala.

    Congress approves $50 million for water power research and development

    11/05/2009

    Federal lawmakers are being praised for allocating $50 million to the development and deployment of marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies.

    Ireland selected for wave-energy project

    10/19/2009

    Swedish power utility Vattenfall and Irish wave-energy developer Wavebob have formed a joint venture to build a commercial-scale wave-energy project off the west coast of Ireland.

    Generators & Electrical Components: Tools for Monitoring Generators

    10/01/2009 By Mladen Sasic, Steve R. Campbell, Randy Wallman, and David Wong
    On-line monitoring of generator condition can help ensure the unit operates safely and can minimize maintenance outages. This article provides examples of two available monitoring tools.

    Blue Energy Canada begins development phase of ocean energy project

    09/28/2009

    Blue Energy Canada Inc. has entered the development phase of a turbine that uses the tide of the ocean to generate clean electricity.

    HydroWorld rolls out new page for project activity

    09/24/2009

    HydroWorld.com has launched a new Hydro Project Activity page featuring breaking news and information in five specific sectors of the hydropower industry.

    Water power projects to receive $14.6 million from DOE

    09/15/2009

    The U.S. Department of Energy said it will award up to $14.6 million to 22 advanced water power projects to improve the viability and performance of hydrokinetic technology and conventional hydropower plants.

    New Hydro

    09/01/2009

    R&D Forum

    09/01/2009 A recently completed numerical model study of flow and sedimentation patterns downstream from the Smithland Locks and Dams indicates that downstream sediment accumulation should be manageable, says Phil Meier, assistant vice president of hydro development with American Municipal Power Inc. (AMP).

    Moeller: The time is now for hydropower

    07/29/2009

    Commissioner Philip Moeller, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, urged America’s hydropower industry to get front and center in the debate over comprehensive energy policy on Capitol Hill.

    Marine Current Turbines wins U.K. renewables support

    07/24/2009

    The SeaGen tidal energy system developed by Marine Current Turbines has been named the first marine energy project to qualify for the United Kingdom's support for renewable energy.

    U.S. House endorses $40 million for DOE hydro research

    07/20/2009

    The U.S. House has endorsed a $33.3 billion energy and water appropriations bill that includes spending $40 million on the Department of Energy's hydropower research and development program.

    U.K. names Wave Hub region the first Low Carbon Economic Area

    07/17/2009

    The British government has named the South West of England -- home of the Wave Hub ocean power test facility -- the United Kingdom's first Low Carbon Economic Area.

    U.S. Senate panel boosts DOE hydro research support to $60 million

    07/10/2009

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has doubled a proposal of the House Appropriations Committee, endorsing $60 million for the Department of Energy’s hydropower research and development program, with a note to expand marine and hydrokinetic R&D.

    U.S. House panel endorses $30 million for DOE hydro R&D

    07/09/2009

    The House Appropriations Committee has endorsed a $33.3 billion energy and water appropriations bill that includes spending $30 million on the Department of Energy’s hydropower research and development program.

    New Zealand firm to finance Blue Energy 200-MW tidal project

    07/08/2009

    New Zealand-based World Energy Research has signed an agreement to finance development of a 200-MW tidal power project to be developed by Blue Energy Canada.

    R&D Forum

    07/01/2009

    EPRI announces availability of a report on the results of Ketchikan Public Utilities’ assessment of performance best practices and implementation of performance improvement projects at its four hydro plants in Alaska.

    Outlook: Hydropower in Europe: Current Status, Future Opportunities

    06/01/2009 By 2020, a fifth of all energy consumption in European Union (EU) member countries must come from renewable sources — hydro, wave, solar, wind, and biomass.


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