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  1. Reclamation, New Mexico State partner for UAV dam safety program

    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced a partnership with New Mexico State University to develop a dam inspection program that uses unmanned aircraft systems. Reclamation's Research and Development Program is providing $35,000 to NMSU to fund the project, which is to address concepts of operations and safety requirements. The NMSU program will also select the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system and appropriate sensor equipment. "The research project will determine the applicability of unmanned aircraft systems as a tool for infrastructure inspection using light detection and ranging (LIDAR), infrared (IR), photogrammetry and HD video," USBR said in a release. Data collected by the unmanned aircraft will help Reclamation identify potential safety problems, including cracks, spalls, erosion and other topographical changes. NMSU is expected to make its first flight within the next few months, Reclamation said, with tests taking place at the 28-MW Elephant Butte hydroelectric plant in New Mexico's Sierra County. The use of unmanned aircraft to conduct dam safety inspections is a growing interest for many infrastructure owners in the United States. "The use of UAVs for dam inspections is an emerging technology that needs to be pursued," Rob Romocki, former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams safety program manager, said at the U.S. Society on Dams annual conference earlier this year . "It's a matter of safety of cost effectiveness, and using these vehicles is a better choice on some occasions than using inspectors attached to a rope, rappelling down the face of a dam." For more dam safety news, visit here .  

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  2. New Mexico county seeks generator rewind for 8-MW El Vado hydro project

    Los Alamos County invites applications for pre-qualification for a hydroelectric generator rewind project at the 8-MW El Vado hydro project on Rio Chama in New Mexico .

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    Wed, 12 Nov 2014

  3. More than $380 million awarded to build 240-MW Chicoasen 2 hydro plant in Mexico

    Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) of Mexico has awarded a $386.4 million contract to a consortium to build the 240-MW Chicoasen 2 hydro plant.

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    Tue, 13 Jan 2015

  4. Mexico seeks comments on tender to build 244-MW Chicoasen 2 hydro project

    Mexican utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) seeks comments from prospective bidders on a proposed solicitation to construct the 244-MW Chicoasen 2 hydroelectric project on Mexico's Grijalva River.

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    Wed, 2 Oct 2013

  1. Mexico revises environmental law to include some large hydro plants

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2012

  2. Mexico approves revised hydropower project regulatory policies

    Mexico's congress has changed its renewable energy and energy transition law to include larger hydroelectric projects in the country's definition of "renewable", provided they satisfy a certain criteria.

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    Fri, 3 May 2013

  3. HAE, Energreen to partner on hydrokinetic projects in Mexico

    Independent power provider Hydro Alternative Energy Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with renewable energy developer Energreen, SA de C.V of Mexico to partner in developing hydrokinetic projects

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    Thu, 3 May 2012

  4. U.S. invites proposals to develop hydro at Caballo Dam, New Mexico

    The Bureau of Reclamation invites proposals to develop a hydroelectric project at Caballo Dam in New Mexico , under a federal Lease of Power Privilege.

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    Wed, 12 Oct 2011

  5. Builder obtains US$910 million credit for Mexico's 750-MW La Yesca

    Mexico's largest construction company, Ingenieros Civiles Asociados, closed financing April 7 of a US$910 million long-term credit to build the 750-MW La Yesca hydroelectric project on Mexico's Santiago River.

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    Tue, 8 Apr 2008

  6. Mexico energy reforms include renewables, hydro

    Mexico's Congress passed a package of bills October 28 to reform Mexico's oil and electricity sectors, including measures to advance renewable energy including hydropower.

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    Wed, 29 Oct 2008

  7. President launches construction of Mexico's 750-MW La Yesca

    Mexico President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa launched construction of the 750-MW La Yesca hydroelectric project in ceremonies January 22 on the Santiago River in Mexico's Jalisco State.

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    Thu, 24 Jan 2008

  8. Mexico firm to build Grijalva River diversion tunnels

    Mexican utility Comision Federal de Electricidad named Mexico Constructora Industrial S.A. de C.V. to build two diversion tunnels to bypass a mudslide that blocked the Grijalva River among the dams of the Grijalva hydroelectric system.

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    Wed, 14 Jan 2009

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