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Cherokee Nation seeks funding for hydro project's next phase


A unanimous decision by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council will allow the tribe to move forward with its proposal to construct a US$144 million hydroelectric powerhouse at the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam.

Congress commits $59 million to hydropower research and development


A bill that would significantly increase hydropower spending in the 2012 Fiscal Year has gained congressional and presidential approval, multiple sources report.

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12/01/2011 Hydroelectric turbine to be tested for fish safety

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Deutch introduces legislation to boost energy generated from ocean


Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced legislation Oct. 24 with Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) to harness the energy generated by America's oceans.

Taft honored by Alden Research Laboratories


Alden Research Laboratories recently dedicated one of its fish testing facilities to Edward (Ned) P. Taft III, who served as a former president of the company and was a pioneer in the field of fishery biology.

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10/01/2011 Research under way to optimize hydro plant scheduling

N.Y. seeks funding applications for renewables, including hydro, ocean


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority invites applications for $150 million in funding for renewable energy projects, including hydropower and ocean energy projects.

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09/01/2011 EPRI releases white paper on energy storage technology

Report: Hydropower, other renewables continue growth


The newly released REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report shows that the renewable energy sector, including hydropower, continues to perform well despite continuing economic recession, incentive cuts and low natural gas prices.

Environmental Issues: Bathymetry Improvement Project Enhances Fish Habitat in Lake Ogallala

07/01/2011 Excavation of a deeper channel in Lake Ogallala improved conditions for fish in the lake by increasing dissolved oxygen and vegetation density. This work was accomplished through a multi-agency partnership and significantly under original cost estimates.

Recruitment: Building a New Team for the Hydro Industry

07/01/2011 With so many experienced hydro personnel nearing retirement age, new team members are needed. The Hydro Research Foundation is finding and training new recruits with its Hydro Fellowship Program, now in its second year.

National Hydropower Association applauds passage of Energy and Water budget by House committee


The National Hydropower Association commends the House Appropriations Committee's recommendation of US$50 million for the Energy Department's Water Power Program, NHA announced.


06/01/2011 Hunt named vice president at Ocean Thermal Energy Corp.

Marine energy centers sign agreement for marine renewables research


Two of the most recognized marine energy research and development sites are combining their research efforts to help advance the worldwide marine renewable energy industry.

Hydro Research Foundation announces 2011 hydro fellowship winners


The Hydro Research Foundation has announced the 2011 class joining the Hydro Fellowship Program.

Switchgear replacement sought for three U.S. Trinity River projects


The Bureau of Reclamation plans to seek bids to replace station service switchgear at three hydroelectric projects totaling 484 MW in the Trinity River Division of the Central Valley Project.

National Hydropower Association applauds Senate markup of Hydropower Improvement Act


The Hydropower Improvement Act was introduced in March by Senator Lisa Murkowski., R-Alaska, along with nine original cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. In a continued show of strong bipartisanship, the bill passed out of committee April 12 by voice vote, the National Hydropower Association reported.

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03/01/2011 Studying sturgeon enhancement in Manitoba

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