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U.S. DOE announces funding opportunity for renewable energy technology R&D


The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a third open funding opportunity that will support up to US$125 million in research and development in a number of disciplines, including hydroelectric power.

Canada utility seeks crane inspection, repair for Manitoba hydro projects


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids for crane and hoist inspection and repair services for its hydroelectric projects in Manitoba.

Energy Projects Director Wright retires from FERC; Miles named director


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Jeff Wright, director of FERC's Office of Energy Projects, is retiring in February, to be succeeded by Deputy Director Ann Miles.

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Bomb threat received at 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project work site


A bomb threat called into the construction site of the 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project on Jan. 19 forced authorities to evacuate the Manitoba Hydro property, according to reports by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). 

IRENA reports on low renewable energy costs

Renewable costs (including hydro) competitive with fossil, report finds


The cost to generate power from renewable sources (including hydro) has reached parity with or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a recent press release from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Lucid Energy's in-pipe hydropower plant begins operation in Portland


A Portland Water Bureau pipeline is now generating hydroelectric power for Portland General Electric customers, following the commissioning of four Lucid Energy Inc. turbine units within one of the city's major pipelines earlier this week.

U.S. DOE invites applications for hydropower incentive payments


The U.S. Department of Energy invites applications for hydropower incentive payments to developers who have added hydropower generating capacity to existing facilities.

Canada’s US$2.2 billion Lower Mattagami hydroelectric project provides power and empowerment


Total capacity has increased from 486 MW to 924 MW at four fully operational redeveloped hydroelectric projects on the Mattagami River, according to Ontario Power Generation (OPG), thanks to the newly commissioned US$2.2 billion Lower Mattagami hydroelectric project in the Moose River Basin of northeastern Ontario, Canada.  

TransAlta pulls proposal for 100-MW Dunvegan hydropower plant


Canada's TransAlta has rescinded its application to build the 100-MW Dunvegan hydropower plant on the Peace River, according to a letter filed this week with the Alberta Utilities Commission.

FERC receives permit application for seawater-powered Hawaii pumped-storage


United Power Corp. has filed an application for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit to study development of the 30-MW South Maui Pumped-Storage project, which would use seawater from the Pacific Ocean to power the project on the south coast of Maui Island, Hawaii.

Awards for graduate-level hydro research

Hydro Research Foundation accepting applications to Hydro Research Awards Program


The Hydro Research Foundation is again accepting applications for its Hydro Research Awards Program, designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in conventional or pumped-storage hydropower.

DOE funds US$8 million for MHK “Holy Grail,” project conception ending in commercial viability


About US$8 million is available in funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine hydrokinetic (MHK) control and component technologies, according to a January announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy. 

U.S. seeks firms to replace switchgear at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms able to replace 480-volt switchgear at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam in Arizona and Nevada.

Obama: America free to write energy future


Though President Barack Obama did not discuss his energy policies as much last night as he has in some of his other State of the Union addresses, he still praised American power generators for their commitment in meeting his environmental goals.

U.S. seeks penstock flowmeter replacement at eight hydro projects


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to replace penstock flowmeters at eight hydroelectric projects in its northern and central California areas.

Small hydro development in Colorado

Colorado receives $1.8 million to advance agricultural hydropower project development


A $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture should help the Colorado Department of Agriculture support development of agricultural hydropower projects in the state, according to a press release from the Colorado Small Hydro Association.

U.S. seeks firms for salmon study in area of 2.79-MW Warm Springs, Coyote Valley dams


A U.S. fisheries agency seeks information on firms able to monitor salmon in California's Russian River in the areas of the 2.79-MW Warm Springs and Coyote Valley dams.

FERC assessments back licensing 6-MW Calligan Creek, 2.2-MW Pepperell hydro projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued environmental assessments endorsing the licensing of the 6-MW Calligan Creek hydroelectric project in Washington and the 2.207-MW Pepperell hydro project in Massachusetts.

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Kimble, Studen join staff of Enduring Hydro LLC


Enduring Hydro LLC has hired Juan Kimble, P.E., as managing director of hydropower and Irwin Studen as managing director and chief financial officer. 

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