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News about the hydro market in the U.S. and Canada, including studies of development potential, plant rehabilitation work and new technologies.

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Canada utility seeks turbine welding for three hydro projects

02/25/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to perform turbine welding at three hydroelectric projects in British Columbia.

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Cube Hydro acquires 10 small hydroelectric projects from Harbor Hydro

02/25/2015

Renewables developer Cube Hydro Partners LLC has acquired a 100% interest in 10 run-of-river hydroelectric projects from Harbor Hydro LLC, the New York-based company reported.

U.S. sets site visit, extends bidding for 86.4-MW Blue Mesa rewinds, excitation for three hydro projects

02/23/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a site visit and extended bidding bids to rewind two generators at the 86.4-MW Blue Mesa hydropower plant and to supply excitation systems for Blue Mesa and two other hydro plants in the 1,747.184-MW Colorado River Storage Project.

FERC proposes sale of primary frequency response service at market rates

02/23/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued proposed rules that would allow the sale of primary frequency response service at market-based rates.

German marine hydrokinetics subsidiary appoints new Managing Director, tests new SIT

02/23/2015

Earlier this February, Schottel Group appointed Niels Alexander Lange, 36, as managing director for its subsidiary, Schottel Hydro GmbH. Schottel Group is headquartered in Spay, Germany, and Schottel Hydro focuses on developing marine hydrokinetic power generation systems.  

Corps seeks firms for geotechnical engineering in U.S. New England District

02/20/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to provide geotechnical engineering services in the Corps' North Atlantic Division, primarily in the New England District.

U.S. seeks surveying, mapping, dam deformation studies

02/20/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform surveying, mapping and dam deformation studies for Corps projects in the South and possibly worldwide.

NHA Annual Conference early bird registration discount ends February 27

02/20/2015

Time is running out for National Hydropower Association members to receive a special early bird registration rate for the NHA's 2015 Annual Conference.

U.S. extends bidding again for gate maintenance at 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam

02/19/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers further extended the deadline for bids to perform spillway gate lifecycle maintenance at 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington.

U.S. extends bidding for renovation, operation, maintenance of 422-MW Hartwell hydro project

02/18/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids for maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, renovation and operation of 422-MW Hartwell Dam on Georgia's Savannah River.

U.S. seeks biological services for hydro projects in Northwest

02/17/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to provide biological services and quality assurance for its juvenile fish transportation program at five hydroelectric projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers in the Pacific Northwest.

A Decade of Sustainable Hydropower Development – What Have We Learned?

02/17/2015

The way the World Bank Group approaches hydropower has changed and the lessons learned from this re-engagement are informing those undertaking large projects – especially in emerging economies.

Add It Up: The Cost of Renewable Energy

02/17/2015

Setting aside environmental concerns, investing in renewable energy sources is a popular decision for businesses and governments around the world. What's the outlook for renewable energy and which methods have the lowest costs? The Online Accounting Schools explore.

Guidance and Sage Advice Exist for Dam Design and Construction

02/17/2015

Processing important aspects of dam-related modeling means using a computer and hard-earned work experience.

Upgrading Two Pumped Storage Plants to Variable Speed

02/17/2015

Two French pumped storage hydropower plants of a similar vintage and sharing some design features - but with specific hydraulic design requirements - are being upgraded, one to variable speed. Work so far suggests that such a conversion is an effective approach.

Nominate your plant for the 2015 Hydro Hall of Fame

02/16/2015

The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide are pleased to announce we are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Hydro Hall of Fame.

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PBS highlights small hydro's potential in recent segment

02/16/2015

Growing up in Oklahoma -- a state with no natural lakes -- dams are plentiful, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Keystone Dam and its 70 MW hydropower plant just 20 miles to the west, I always had a vision of what I thought a hydroelectric plant and the pieces that make it possible should look like.

Hydraulic engineer Sweeney wins NWHA award

Sweeney named recipient of NWHA’s annual Pamela E. Klatt Award

02/13/2015

Charles “Chick” Sweeney, P.E., senior technical fellow with Alden, has been named recipient of the Pamela E. Klatt Award, given by the Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA).

Viewpoint: Scaling Hydropower Development for Success from Mega to Micro

02/13/2015

Scaling hydropower development for success from mega to micro Two recent news items have highlighted the breadth of hydropower development and its role in supporting clean and sustainable energy.

Hydropower by the Numbers

02/13/2015

The staggering numbers in the illustration above are just the beginning of an effort to quantify the size and impact of the hydro industry in the U.S. and Canada. Pretty impressive, huh?

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