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New York Power Authority to relicense 1,160-MW pumped-storage hydro facility

04/11/2014

The New York Power Authority filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 10 a notice of a plan to seek a new license for the 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project.

Inspector general orders FERC to restrict sensitive power system information

04/11/2014

Citing lapses in control of sensitive power system information, the Energy Department's Office of Inspector General has ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take immediate steps to protect national security information pertaining to the bulk power system, which in some cases includes hydroelectric facilities.

U.S. extends bidding for fall protection upgrade at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam

04/11/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to upgrade the fall protection system at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

Canada utility qualifies civil works constructors for 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

04/10/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for qualification to construct the main civil works of the 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Brookfield Renewable completes acquisition of 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant

04/10/2014

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. and its institutional partners have completed their acquisition of the 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant.

Grant PUD narrows causes of Wanapum Dam fracture

04/10/2014

The foundation below Wanapum Dam was not a factor in creating the fracture on the structure's pier monolith No. 4, Grant County Public Utilities District has determined.

NYPA selects contractors for work at Niagara hydropower project

04/09/2014

The New York Power Authority has awarded a pair of contracts worth US$20 million for work on the company's Niagara hydropower project.

U.S. seeks design, replacement of gates at 80-MW Denison Dam

04/09/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for design-build replacement of three flood gates at the 80-MW Denison Dam hydroelectric project in Texas.

Rep. McMorris Rodgers to be honored, speak at upcoming NHA conference

04/09/2014

The National Hydropower Association has announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be honored as one of the organization's Legislators of the Year for her advocacy of hydroelectric power.

U.S. seeks lamprey passage study at Snake River hydro projects

04/08/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids from small businesses to perform a lamprey migration and passage study at four hydroelectric projects on the lower Snake River.

U.S. extends bidding for hoist systems at 603-MW Ice Harbor, 810-MW Lower Monumental dams

04/08/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to supply new draft tube and scroll case personnel hoist systems at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam and 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

U.S. seeks firms able to perform hydropower, pumping plant engineering

04/07/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of providing hydroelectric power and pumping plant engineering, design, and analysis services.

Canadian developer eyes Alberta pumped-storage hydropower projects

04/07/2014

Canadian company Turning Point Generation has announced its plan to develop an 80 MW to 150 MW pumped-storage hydropower project in Alberta.

Chesterton introduces new split seal with hydropower project applications

04/07/2014

The A.W. Chesterton Company has introduced a new product designed to combine "superior seal performance" with the ease of installation of a cartridge split seal.

Canada utility seeks dam safety reviews of three dams, hydro projects

04/04/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to conduct dam safety reviews at three dams, including sites of two hydro projects, in its Bridge River generating system in British Columbia.

U.S. seeks firms to replace relays, switchgear at 21.5-MW St. Marys Falls hydro project

04/04/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to replace protective relays and switchgear/motor control assemblies at the 21.5-MW St. Marys Falls hydro project on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Senate committee approves hydroelectric power tax credit extension

04/03/2014

A bill that would extend tax credits for hydroelectric power was approved today by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

U.S. seeks firms for scour repair at three hydro projects on Arkansas' McClellan-Kerr system

04/03/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of performing scour damage repair at dams of three hydro projects on the Corps' McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

FERC receives seven hydro license applications from Free Flow Power totaling 70 MW

04/03/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received seven hydro license applications during February from Free Flow Power Corp. for projects totaling 70 MW at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams.

Investigation of cracked Wanapum Dam monolith pier continues

04/02/2014

A team has completed drilling six investigative holes into Wanapum Dam's spillway pier monolith No. 4 as the Grant County Public Utilities District continues its examining a fracture found earlier this year.


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