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Nova Scotia selects marine power developers for Bay of Fundy project


The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has selected a pair of marine and hydrokinetic technology developers to deploy arrays in the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) test site.

Triad Engineering seeks two senior geotechnical engineers


Engineering consulting firm Triad Engineering Inc. seeks senior geotechnical engineers to work in its St. Albans, W.Va., and Athens, Ohio, offices.

Parker Hannifin offers vibration sensor for hydropower project equipment monitoring


Technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin has introduced a wireless vibration sensor as part of a conditioning monitoring system that could have applications for hydropower project owners and operators.

Contractor selected for Iowa's 36.4-MW Red Rock hydroelectric project


Missouri River Energy Services' Board of Directors and Western Minnesota Power Agency have selected Ames Construction Inc. as general contractor for the 36.4-MW Red Rock hydroelectric project.

U.S. seeks fall protection system upgrade at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam


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

U.S. seeks headgate pit fall protection for 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply headgate pit fall protection for 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

NHA seeks nominations for 2014 Henwood Award


The National Hydropower Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

Ontario Waterpower Association, Parks Canada announce canal management collaboration


The Ontario Waterpower Association and Parks Canada have announced a collaboration to manage and develop the hydroelectric power potential of Ontario's national historic canal system.

Subsea cable operator objects to FERC license for 600-kW Admiralty Inlet tidal project


Pacific Crossing, owner of PC-1, a subsea telecommunications cable linking the United States and Japan, is objecting to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of a pilot project license for the 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Pilot tidal project to be installed near PC-1 in Washington's Puget Sound.

Bearings manufacturer Lignum Vitae partners with Apex Energy Technologies


Lignum Vitae North America has partnered with Apex Energy Technologies to supply and support the hydroelectric power industry with water-lubricated bearings.

FERC takes input on new turbines at Portland General hydro project


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects on March 20 put out for comment an environmental assessment on a Portland General Electric project at the 136.6-MW Clackamas River Hydroelectric Project (No. 2195).

U.S. seeks turbine lantern rings for 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply turbine packing box lantern rings for 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington.

DOE announces notices of intent for MHK, conventional hydroelectric power technology


The U.S. Department of Energy has issued three notices of intent to fund research for both marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and conventional hydropower technologies.

Manitoba Hydro selects consortium to construct 695-MW Keeyask hydropower plant


A team led by engineering firm Bechtel has been awarded a US$1.25 billion contract from Manitoba Hydro to construct the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric plant.

ASI-Marine unveils new tool for hydropower project tunnel inspections


A new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from Canadian manufacturer ASI-Marine Technology is capable of giving a comprehensive view of partially-flooded waterways.

Connecticut town seeks developer for 2.376-MW Upper, Lower Collinsville dams hydro project


The town of Canton seeks proposals from developers to redevelop two previously licensed hydro plants, Upper Collinsville and Lower Collinsville dams on the Farmington River at Collinsville, Conn.

Corps awards contract for gantry crane rehab at Dalles hydropower project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$2.7 million contract to Industrial Support Service LLC to refurbish a 35-ton tailrace gantry crane at the 1,780-MW Dalles hydropower project on the Columbia River.

Colorado Senate approves bipartisan small hydropower bill


A bipartisan bill that could aid the development of small hydropower in Colorado has been approved by the state's Senate.

FERC approves hydrokinetic pilot license for 600-kW Admiralty Inlet tidal project


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a hydrokinetic pilot project license March 20 to the 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Pilot tidal project to be installed in Washington's Puget Sound.

Viewpoints from the Board Room: Black & Veatch


Steve Edwards - the new chairman, president, and chief executive officer of global engineering, consulting and construction firm Black & Veatch - discusses what he sees coming in the future of the hydropower industry globally and the role he sees Black & Veatch playing in that future.

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