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U.S. seeks HVAC upgrades for 402-MW Dworshak hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

FERC authorizes 19 hydropower projects totaling 1,936.744 MW in 2014


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued 19 hydropower licenses and exemptions in 2014, totaling 1,936.744 MW. It also received applications in the same period for 18 licenses and exemptions totaling 261 MW.

Federal budget proposal includes millions for U.S. hydroelectric power, dams


President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget requests include a number of requests for both the Department of Energy and Bureau of Reclamation that could provide significant funding for conventional, pumped-storage, and marine and hydrokinetic hydroelectric power.

Site preparation call extended again for BC Hydro's 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project


Canadian utility BC Hydro further extended the deadline for bids to perform site preparation on the north bank of the Peace River for the proposed 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Orenco Hydropower hires European representative

Pellettieri joins ORENCO Hydropower as European development manager


Luciano Pellettieri will serve as European Business Development Manager for ORENCO Hydropower.

Corps seeks firms for hydropower electrical-mechanical engineering in eastern U.S.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small businesses able to perform electrical and mechanical architect-engineer services for hydropower and other projects in the Corps' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

NHA Past Presidents' scholarship applications due February 16


The deadline to submit an application for the National Hydropower Association's 2015 Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship program is approaching, with all submissions due Monday, February 16.

Inspector: FERC policies to protect sensitive grid information were 'severely lacking'


The Energy Department's Office of Inspector General has issued a report concluding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately protect the security of electric grid vulnerability analyses to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

U.S. extends bidding for turbine cavitation repair at 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids for turbine cavitation repair at the 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam hydroelectric project in northeast Missouri.

Is an apology always the right thing to do?


I appreciate a good, heartfelt apology. I do. I feel it can go a long way toward smoothing over an injustice, even a perceived one. 

Transitions in Hydro-Quebec’s leadership and vacancy at a key managerial position signal change for the hydropower giant


Two of Hydro-Quebec’s top leadership positions and a high-profile managerial assignment will each change. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Thierry Vandal, Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs and Secretary General Marie-José Nadeau and Georges Abiad, project manager of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), are transitioning away from the Canadian government-owned utility. 

American Governor awarded contract for McNary hydropower plant equipment rehab


American Governor Co. has been awarded a contract from Olsson Industrial Electric for rehabilitation work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 980-MW McNary hydropower project.

U.S. seeks rewinds for 86.4-MW Blue Mesa, excitation for three hydro projects


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks 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.

U.S. seeks governor installation at 810-MW Little Goose hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to install new digital governors at the 810-MW Little Goose hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Washington.

Corps' Huntington District awards contract for dam safety, engineering work


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$10 million contract to URS Group Inc. and Stantec Tetra Tech JV for a number of dam-related projects within the continental United States.

Canada utility extends call for circuit breakers at 695-MW Keeyask hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has extended the deadline for bids to supply generator circuit breakers for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project being built on the Lower Nelson River in Manitoba.

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


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

Full appeals court won't take up dispute over Alabama Power hydro relicensing


On purely technical grounds, without ruling on the heart of the appeal, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit has rejected an appeal by a local association to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to extend the license for an Alabama Power hydroelectric plant.

U.S. seeks fish passage design for Washington's Mud Mountain Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to develop plans and specifications for construction of fish passage at the Corps' Mud Mountain Dam, a flood control structure on Washington's White River.

ASDSO recognizes Paul Schweiger for commitment to dam safety


The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has recognized Paul G. Schweiger as the recipient of the 2015 ASDSO President's Award.

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