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    Appeals court: FERC hydro license trumps state damage claims


    A federal appeals court has ruled that state law-based property damage claims against a hydropower licensee are pre-empted by the Federal Power Act if the licensee acted in compliance with its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license.

    Wave energy developer OPT announces new board member


    Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. has elected David L. Keller to the company's board of directors, the wave energy developer has announced.

    Canada's BC Hydro seeks diving services throughout British Columbia


    Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for pre-qualification to provide commercial diving services to the hydropower utility at locations throughout British Columbia.

    Hydroelectric power's future in Ontario strong, minister says


    Speaking at the Ontario Waterpower Association's annual conference and exhibition, Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli affirmed the role of hydroelectric power in the province's current and future energy sector.

    FERC chair will join Stoel Rives LLP


    Jon Wellinghoff, Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will join energy law practice Stoel Rives LLP after leaving FERC, the Portland-based firm said.

    Corps to restart, enlarge tender for hydro turbine-generator rehab work


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is restarting and substantially enlarging a solicitation for emergency rehabilitation or replacement of hydroelectric turbines, generators, and pump motors in the Corps' Northwestern Region.

    An Update from Canada


    Not to give too much away, but I'm currently working on an update on the state of hydropower development in Canada for December's issue of Hydro Review magazine.

    U.S. postpones call for electrical equipment, dam repair at 2,160-MW John Day hydro project


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has delayed plans to seek bids for electrical equipment and for dam repair at 2,160-MW John Day Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon.

    Groups break ground on Ontario's 19-MW Gitchi Animki small hydropower project


    Members of the Pic Mobert First Nation and others gathered last week to break ground on the 18.9-MW Gitchi Animki hydropower project.

    FERC hydro license amendments add 3.2 MW; third amendment seeks 170 kW


    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved hydropower license amendments for projects in Wisconsin and Michigan, increasing installed hydro capacity 3.2 MW during September.

    Voith Hydro announces promotion at York office


    Voith Hydro has announced that Stan Kocon has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at its facility in York, effective immediately.

    Government shutdown ends after Congress moves legislation


    Congress approved a measure yesterday that will suspend the United States' debt limit until February 7, averting default and providing government funding for agencies that have been shuttered for more than two weeks.

    MWH seeks geotechnical engineer for dams, hydro projects in Oregon


    International engineer MWH invites applications for a senior geotechnical engineer to work on dams, reservoirs, hydroelectric projects, tunnels, and underground structures for water resources projects.

    Georgia's Oglethorpe Power names new president


    Prior to his selection by Oglethorpe Power, Smith has spent more than 30 years in the energy industry with experience in finance, risk control and operations.

    U.S. seeks stoplog seals for 980-MW McNary Dam


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply stoplog seal assemblies for 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

    Corps awards contract for wire rope, crane work at John Day hydropower plant


    Knight Construction & Supply Inc. has won a US$293,171 contract to replace wire rope and perform load testing for an emergency intake crane at the 2,160-MW John Day hydropower plant.

    U.S. seeks firms to perform fish passage upgrade at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to upgrade the juvenile fish passage facility at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

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    Seattle passes final hurdle for FERC relicense of 1,003-MW Boundary project

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    Reclamation to install systems for control of quagga, zebra mussels

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    FirstEnergy applies to transfer 11 plants to LS Power unit

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