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U.S. seeks firms to replace stoplogs at 2.2-MW Lewiston Dam hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms capable of replacing stoplogs at the 2.2-MW Lewiston Dam hydroelectric project on the Trinity River in California.

Brookfield Renewable acquires shares of 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant


Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. has acquired a 33% interest in Pennsylvania's 417-MW Safe Harbor hydroelectric plant, according to a quarterly results report released earlier this week.

Swan Lake pumped-storage project still in development


Development of the proposed 1,000-MW Swan Lake North pumped-storage hydropower project is moving forward and still on target for a 2020 completion date.

Obama nomination to elevate FERC staffer Bay to chairmanship


President Obama has nominated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Enforcement Director Norman C. Bay to be a FERC commissioner, with the intention to name Bay chairman once he is confirmed by the Senate.

U.S. seeks firms to refurbish intake equipment, gate shaft at 140-MW Trinity hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms capable of refurbishing intake gate mechanical equipment and a gate shaft at the 140-MW Trinity hydroelectric project on the Trinity River in California.

USACE Lt. Gen. Bostick to speak at HydroVision International keynote


The organizers of HydroVision International 2014 are pleased to announce that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick will participate as a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference and exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.

Parsons Brinckerhoff names new head of western hydroelectric power operations


Infrastructure developer and operator Parsons Brinckerhoff has announced Dr. Matthew Chan will take over as Assistant Vice President and West Hydropower Operations Manager in the group's Portland, Ore., office.

Developers close financing for 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project


Financial closing for Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant has been achieved, international business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau said.

Hydro Research Foundation accepting research award nominations


The Hydro Research Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2014 Research Awards Program.

U.S. seeks supplier of parts for Woodward Governor equipment


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information from suppliers able to supply parts, supplies and technical support for Woodward Governor Co. equipment in its Nashville District.

Developer signs deals with First Nations groups for ocean power studies


Western Tidal Holdings has executed an Investigative Use License Agreement with the Shishalh Nation, allowing the ocean energy developer to explore the development of tidal power projects.

Reconstruction of Iowa's Delhi Dam could begin soon


A unanimous decision by the Lake Delhi Combined Recreational Facility & Water Quality Board could mean the process of rebuilding Iowa's Delhi Dam is on its way to beginning.

U.S. extends bidding for gantry crane refurbishment at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to refurbish a 35-ton tailrace gantry crane at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

Kleinfelder honored for work on historic Snoqualmie Falls hydropower project


Kleinfelder received the Gold Award for Social, Economic and Sustainable Development from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington Chapter for its work in redeveloping the Snoqualmie Falls hydropower project.

Omnibus appropriations bill could change U.S. participation in international hydropower project development


Buried deep within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 is a clause that could potentially affect the United States' role in large-scale international hydroelectric power development.

FERC authorizes 16 hydropower projects totaling 21.065 MW in 2013


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued 16 hydropower licenses and exemptions in 2013, totaling 21.065 MW. It also received applications in the same period for 21 licenses and exemptions totaling 141.864 MW.

U.S. seeks bids to replace electrical service at 130-MW Barkley Lock and Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for electrical service replacement at Barkley Lock, part of the 130-MW Barkley hydroelectric complex on the Cumberland River in Kentucky.

UC-Berkeley team reveals ocean power "carpet"


Ocean energy generating units have taken a number of forms as developers look to capitalize in the expanding marine and hydrokinetics sector, but researchers at the University of California-Berkeley have proposed a new one: carpet.

Corps seeks firms to perform hydraulic, hydrologic work in Great Lakes, Ohio River Division


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of providing hydraulic studies for dam break analysis, hydrologic data, drainage system design, flood planning, water quality monitoring and navigation studies.

U.S. extends bidding for station service replacement at 980-MW McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended bidding for replacement, rehabilitation and modernization of the station service electrical power system at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

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