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Corps awards engineering contract for dams, other works in Mississippi Basin region

05/19/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth US$9 million to CDG Engineers Architects Planners Inc. to work on dams and other projects in the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest.

Significant changes proposed to Endangered Species Act criteria

05/16/2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service are proposing changes intended to improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

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

05/16/2014

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.

Units at Minnesota Power's 72-MW Thomson hydropower plant to be back on line soon

05/15/2014

Generation at Minnesota Power's 72-MW Thomson hydropower plant could resume early this summer, according to an update provided during the company's annual meeting of shareholders earlier this week.

U.S. seeks cavitation repair at 6,809-MW Grand Coulee, 428-MW Hungry Horse hydro projects

05/15/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for turbine runner cavitation repair at the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydroelectric project in Washington and the 428-MW Hungry Horse hydro project in Montana.

Canadian News

05/15/2014

The latest hydropower industry news from Canada from May 2014

Marine Hydrokinetics

05/15/2014

News related to the marine hydrokinetics industry in North America for May 2014

Industry News

05/15/2014

News on hydroelectric power, pumped storage and more for May 2014

U.S. seeks fixed cone valve for West Virginia's Summersville Dam

05/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply a fixed cone valve to Summersville Dam on the Gauley River in West Virginia.

Grant PUD releases initial report on Wanapum Dam fracture

05/14/2014

A mathematical error made during the pre-construction design of Wanapum Dam was the primary contributing factor in creating a spillway fracture discovered earlier this year, Grant County Public Utilities District said.

Kaukauna Utilities completes upgrade to Badger small hydroelectric plant

05/14/2014

Kaukauna Utilities marked the completion of an overhaul to its Badger small hydropower project earlier this week with a formal dedication ceremony.

NYPA recognized for efforts in controlling greenhouse gases

05/13/2014

The New York Power Authority has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a Climate Change Award for its efforts to control and monitor greenhouse gas.

Marine hydrokinetics taking center stage

05/13/2014

As power generators across the world look toward renewable energies, the marine and hydrokinetic sector is quickly becoming an area of emphasis within the hydropower industry.

U.S. seeks firms to refurbish thrust bearing shoes at 810-MW Lower Monumental, 603-MW Ice Harbor dams

05/13/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to refurbish thrust bearing shoes at 810-MW Lower Monumental and 603-MW Ice Harbor dams on the Snake River in Washington.

Yukon unveils long-term plan for hydroelectric power development

05/13/2014

The Yukon government has released a planning directive that calls for the comprehensive investigation of new large-scale hydroelectric power projects in the northwestern territory.

Corps extends registration for Little Rock District industry day for hydro, other work

05/12/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District has extended the deadline for registration to attend a fiscal year 2014 industry day to talk with contractors about work on its facilities and hydropower projects.

Jensen wins contract to construct new diversion dam control structure at Saylorville Dam

05/12/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$9.29 million contract to Jensen Construction Co. to construct a new diversion dam control structure at Iowa's Saylorville Dam.

EdgeTech unveils new underwater surveying tool

05/12/2014

A new bathymetry system from underwater technology developer EdgeTech allowed the company to map Canada's St. John's Harbor in less than three hours.

U.S. seeks wicket gates for 3.4-MW Boise Diversion Dam hydro plant

05/09/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to supply replacement wicket gates for the 3.4-MW Boise Diversion Dam on Idaho's Boise River.

Duke Energy watching Brazil as droughts continue to affect hydroelectric power

05/09/2014

United States-based Duke Energy is keeping a close eye on its Brazilian hydroelectric power assets in anticipation of potential energy rationing, CEO Lynn Good said earlier this week.


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