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FERC staff endorses hydro project relicensings in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Maine


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued environmental assessments endorsing the relicensing of the 451.8-MW Kinzua Pumped-Storage project in Pennsylvania, the 260-MW Salina Pumped-Storage project in Oklahoma and two water storage projects in Maine.

New York allocations to create new hydroelectric power


A US$206 million initiative announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will help diversify the state's renewable energy portfolio by helping fund the construction of two hydropower projects.

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.

Gravity Renewables to supply hydroelectric power to New York under remote net metering agreement


Gravity Renewables will provide 10 million kWh per year in small hydroelectric power through a partnership with the Municipal Gas and Electric Alliance (MEGA), the Colorado-based energy developer and operator announced earlier this month.

Corps seeks firms for planning, design of civil construction works


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small firms able to perform planning and design for civil construction works in the Corps' Mobile District.

Higher rates could help pay for hydropower project upgrades, rehab in Newfoundland and Labrador


Provincial energy corporation Nalcor Energy has filed an amended General Rate Application (GRA) via its subsidiary, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, that could increase the province's electricity rates to help pay for modernization and upgrade programs.

Canada utility seeks crane bus bar for 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydro project


Canada utility Nalcor Energy seeks bids to supply a replacement bus bar for the east powerhouse crane at the 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydroelectric project on the Churchill River in Newfoundland and Labrador Province.

U.S. seeks turbine refurbishment at 28.5-MW Minidoka hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to overhaul two hydropower turbines at the Allen E. Inman power plant of the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Idaho.

NYPA gets hydro equipment delivery for Blenheim-Gilboa, announces upgraded credit rating


Two generator step-up transformers for New York Power Authority’s 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project reached the plant after the last leg of their journey from where they were manufactured overseas, the authority reports.


Occupation to end at 135-MW Jenpeg Dam hydro project in Manitoba, Canada


Hundreds of protesters from Cross Lake, a community of some 5,000 Cree Indians (Cross Lake First Nation) in northern Manitoba, Canada, are poised to end their three-week occupation of the 135-MW Jenpeg Dam Generating Station on Nov. 7.  

U.S. seeks firms for turbine linkage upgrades at 810-MW Lower Granite hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to replace internal turbine hub linkage components at the 810-MW Lower Granite Dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Washington.

NHA invites hydropower plants owners, operators to nominate projects for recognition


The National Hydropower Association is now accepting applications for the Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters (OSAW) awards program.

Two federal agencies announce plans to address climate change


Two government agencies recently released plans to deal with climate change, which could affect hydroelectric facilities in the U.S.

U.S. renews switchyard upgrade bidding for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has renewed a solicitation and extended the bidding deadline for a switchyard upgrade at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

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Bay of Fundy, Canada, invites tidal stream development


DP Marine Energy Ltd. (DPME) is the focus of authorization discussions with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy to install a 4.5-MW tidal stream demonstration power plant in the Bay of Fundy.

New small hydro facility operating in New York


The 625-kW Mill Street small hydro facility is back online after significant site upgrades were completed, restoring a facility that had been inactive for 10 years.

U.S. seeks firms for dam safety drilling, grouting at Kentucky's Rough River Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform dam safety exploratory drilling and grouting at Rough River Dam in Falls of Rough, Ky.

Atlantis signs lease for tidal power project in Canada's Bay of Fundy


Tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources Ltd. has signed a 10-year extendable seabed sublease with the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), providing Atlantis a berth in Canada's Bay of Fundy to deploy a 1.5-MW tidal turbine.

U.S. seek firms to install governors at 810-MW Little Goose hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to install new digital governors at the 810-MW Little Goose hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Washington.

Rains bring record generation by Xcel hydro projects in Midwest


Xcel Energy's 20 Wisconsin and Minnesota hydropower plants generated more energy this September than in any previous September, the utility company reported.

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