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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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Perspectives: The Importance of Telling Hydro's Story

12/05/2014

In October 2014, at the HydroVision Brasil event in Sao Paulo, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) held a hydropower briefing.

Tribute forms marine hydrokinetics company

New tidal energy company established to develop projects in Canada

12/05/2014

A new company, named International Marine Energy Inc., has been established by Tribute Resources Inc. to develop tidal energy projects in Canada, as well as in other areas around the world.

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VIDEO: NHA touts hydroelectric power's virtues in new video

12/05/2014

The National Hydropower Association hopes industry members will use a new video to help educate American energy consumers about the virtues of hydroelectric power.

Canada utility seeks hydropower equipment health assessments

12/05/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks proposals for engineering consulting services to perform equipment health rating assessments of the utility's hydroelectric facilities in British Columbia.

American Babbitt delivers two bearings for Bonneville hydropower project rehab

12/05/2014

West Virginia-based manufacturer American Babbitt Bearing has completed and delivered two turbine guide bearings for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' First Powerhouse and Bonneville Dam.

U.S. House approves hydroelectric power tax provision

12/04/2014

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that amends an existing Internal Revenue Code to extend certain expiring tax provisions for some forms of energy production through 2014, including conventional hydroelectric power and marine and hydrokinetic.

U.S. extends, to revise switchyard upgrade tender for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

12/04/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue a revised solicitation package and again extended the bidding deadline for a switchyard upgrade at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

Rains could provide relief for California hydropower projects

12/04/2014

A weather system moving through California is bringing at least partial relief from for the drought-stricken area.

Canada utility seeks transformers for 180-MW Bridge River 1, other facilities

12/03/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for pre-qualification to supply transformers to various BC Hydro facilities including the 180-MW Bridge River 1 hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

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Ontario hydropower project wins sustainability award

12/03/2014

The 10-MW Okikendawt hydropower project, being developed by Dokis First Nation and Hydromega Services Inc., received the 2014 Pollution Probe Sustainability Award.

Hydropower and water resource expert John Briscoe

Tribute to respected hydropower, water resources expert John Briscoe

12/02/2014

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of John Briscoe, a respected expert on hydropower and water resources.

Corps seeks civil design, geotechnical, hydraulic, hydrology work

12/02/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform civil design, geotechnical, hydraulic and hydrology engineering services in its San Francisco District. Responses are due Dec. 16. 

U.S. sets industry day on dam safety work at 135-MW Center Hill Dam

12/01/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued draft technical plans and scheduled an industry day about a proposed roller-compacted-concrete berm to reinforce an earthen saddle dam at 135-MW Center Hill Dam in Tennessee. Registration is due Dec. 12 for the Dec. 16 industry day and site visit. 

Kiesewetter, Easton join management at hydro project developer American Municipal Power

11/26/2014

American Municipal Power, which is currently developing several hydro projects, recently named Scott Kiesewetter senior vice president of generation operations and Christopher Easton vice president of business operations.

U.S. seeks concrete saw cutting for bulkhead system at Ohio River's Emsworth Dam

11/26/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform concrete saw cutting of new maintenance bulkhead recesses at the Corps' Emsworth Locks and Dam on the Ohio River just downstream from Pittsburgh.

Hydropower industry job changes at MWH

MWH announces multiple promotions, including hydroelectric power

11/25/2014

MWH Global has promoted three employees to senior vice president, according to a press release issued by the company, which is a provider of water and natural resources solutions for built infrastructure, including hydroelectric power, and the environment.

FERC relicenses expanded Vermont project, receives filing for eight-dam New York project

11/25/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed in October an expanded three-dam hydro project in Vermont and accepted a license application for a project to be built at eight dams on the New York canal system.

Fitch: Issues have pushed back some hydro project work for AMP

11/25/2014

Fitch Ratings on Nov. 21 said it has affirmed the 'A' rating on bonds that support three American Municipal Power Inc. (AMP) hydroelectric projects on the Ohio River.

U.S. seeks firms to replace transformers at 255-MW Davis hydro project

11/25/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms capable of supplying replacement transformers for the 255-MW Davis Dam hydroelectric project on the Colorado River.

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Last remaining worker on Hoover Dam hydro project passed away

11/24/2014

The last remaining worker on the 2,078-MW Hoover Dam hydro project, 98-year-old Joseph Darwin Colby, died on Nov. 12.

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