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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.

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.

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.

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

Funds available for hydro, other renewable energy projects in New York


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Public Service Commission announced that about $250 million is available to fund a broad range of renewable energy generation projects, including hydropower projects.

China Valves Technology secures valve order from Dongfang Electric


China-based metal valve manufacturer China Valves Technology has secured a $15 million order for pumped storage ball valves and hydraulic turbine pumped storage inlet valves from Chinese power station contractor Dongfang Electric, media reports indicate.

Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Hydro-Quebec partner for clean energy research


The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University and Hydro-Quebec have agreed upon a memorandum of understanding to look at ways to coordinate resources for advancing new clean energy technologies with an eye toward enhancing their respective electric power systems.


11/01/2010 Reclamation names Murillo deputy commissioner

RusHydro Group acquires Moscow-based Hydroproject research center


RusHydro Group has purchased 100 percent of the shares of JSC Designing, Surveying and Research Institute 'Hydroproject' from the ESN Group. Hydroproject is the Russian leader in designing hydropower and general purpose hydro facilities.

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09/01/2010 Corps uses simulations to design salmon passage improvements

U.S. issues request for information on new hydropower technology


The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have issued a request for information (RFI) on new, advanced hydropower technologies that are either worthy of research and development investment or are ready for demonstration and testing, the agencies reported.

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07/01/2010 EPRI announces availability of its Hydropower Technology Roundup Report: Technology Update on Aerating Turbines.

People: Peggy Brookshier: Decades of Service to Hydro

07/01/2010 Over more than three decades, Peggy Brookshier made significant contributions to the hydro industry through her positions with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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