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  1. Lucid, Cadiz enter agreement to develop in-pipe hydroelectric power system

    Renewable power developer Lucid Energy and land and water resources development company Cadiz Inc. have agreed to a joint venture collaboration to generating hydroelectric power from a planned 43-mile-long water conveyance pipeline in California. Energy produced by Lucid 's "LucidPipe" in-pipe turbine units will be used by the Arizona & California Railroad Company (ARZC) as part of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project. Cadiz Inc. leased a portion of AZRC's railroad right-of-way in 2008 to construct the pipeline project within the existing transportation corridor. The company's proposal is now being reviewed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Southern Californian company said about 50,000 acre-feet of water flow through the 42-mile stretch per year en route to the Colorado River Aqueduct, giving the system the capability to generate 1,300 MWh of power per year. The project is intended to help ARZC secure cost-effective and routine power access for its operations that include a shortline railroad running between Cadiz and Matthie, Ariz., and possibly an expanded transloading siding location in Rice, Calif., that would require energy for lighting, refrigeration and heating. "The Cadiz project will provide critical benefits to our operation, and provide us with a valuable and unique opportunity to enhance our rail line," ARZC president Brad Ovitt said. "This innovative hydropower technology will provide a great benefit that we could not access but for the existence of the Cadiz pipeline." LucidPipe turbines are ball-shaped units installed directly into large-diameter, gravity-fed pipelines. "There are thousands of miles of gravity-fed water pipelines across our country that could make use of our unique hydropower technology without harm to the environment," Lucid Energy president and CEO Gregg Semler said. "LucidPipe generates baseload energy with no carbon emissions and no disruption to pipeline operations, providing clean, eco-friendly power in the truest sense of the word. "We are excited to be able to collaborate with Cadiz in this green power venture." HydroWorld.com reported in January that a Lucid installation in a Portland Water Bureau pipeline had begun generating power. The Portland-based company installed its first LucidPipe system in 2012  at Riverside Public Utilities' Lemona Booster Station  in Riverside, Calif., and announced a partnership for a second demonstration site  with the San Antonio Water System  later the same year. Lucid Energy has received funding from a number of private sources, including  Israeli venture group OurCrowd , Star Energy and the Harbourton Fund, as well as more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. For more technology and equipment news,  visit here .

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Tue, 2 Jun 2015

  2. Italy water utility seeks aqueduct work to supply 973-kW Alcantara 1 hydro project

    Italian water utility Siciliacque SpA seeks bids to modify a water supply aqueduct to enable construction of the 973.77-kW Alcantara 1 hydroelectric project in Sicily.

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 30 May 2014

  3. 9968 - Aqueduct Transfer

    Aqueduct Transfer

    FERC

    FERC

    Fri, 17 Mar 2006

  4. 12583 - Colorado River Aqueduct Desalination and Salton

    Colorado River Aqueduct Desalination and Salton

    FERC

    FERC

    Thu, 14 May 2009

  1. 7731 - Combie North Aqueduct

    FERC

    FERC

    Tue, 30 Dec 2008

  2. 2426 - California Aqueduct

    California Aqueduct

    FERC

    FERC

    Tue, 20 Feb 2007

  3. Reopening Glendoe after a Rockfall

    One of the first significant hydro plants to be built in the UK in decades, the 100 MW Glendoe was shut down just eight months after start up as a result of rock falls partially blocking the main water conveyance tunnel. With repairs now almost complete, the station is expected to recommence ...

    Magazine Articles

    Magazine Articles

    Tue, 1 May 2012

  4. Using a remotely operated vehicle to inspect safety of a water tunnel

    Loose rock appearing in the water conveyance tunnel at the 1,000-MW Kemano powerhouse was a concern for the owner, who turned to the use of remotely operated vehicles to determine the cause and extent of the problem.

    Magazine Articles

    Magazine Articles

    Fri, 1 Mar 2013

  5. Developers use new law to exclude small conduit hydropower from FERC jurisdiction

    Under the new Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission already has approved exclusion of two proposed small conduit hydropower projects from its jurisdiction and has given preliminary approval to exclude 14 more, totaling 8.804 MW.

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    Online Articles

    Thu, 14 Nov 2013

  6. FERC: Small conduit hydro project may utilize head from unrelated dam

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has declared a qualifying small conduit hydropower project may be excluded from FERC jurisdiction if it utilizes the hydropower potential of a dam as long as the dam is not integral to the small conduit project.

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 19 Jun 2015

  7. FERC again rejects licensee attempt to avoid jurisdiction as small conduit hydro

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a rehearing request by the licensee of the 400-kW Brighton hydroelectric project, saying Brighton could not escape FERC jurisdiction as a small conduit project because it uses an 80-foot-tall, 995-foot-long dam.

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Tue, 25 Feb 2014

  8. FERC denies small conduit designation for project on New York canal system

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a request to declare a proposed project on the New York State Barge Canal System to be a small conduit hydro project excluded from FERC jurisdiction.

    Online Articles

    Online Articles

    Fri, 16 May 2014

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