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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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WEST Consultants wins contract for dam and civil structure analysis

11/05/2014

The Corps of Engineers has awarded Oregon-based water resources advisory group WEST Consultants Inc. a US$4.9 million contract for work in its entire Northwest Division.

Tennessee Valley Authority

Seepage at TVA facility prompts dam safety inspection

11/05/2014

A sinkhole and seepage in October at the base of 81-kW Boone Lake Dam, a three-generator hydro facility operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) raised dam safety concerns and caused an early “drawdown and an abundance of caution.”

New DOE grants can apply to small, low-head hydropower turbines

11/04/2014

Among the nine topics and 26 new subtopics announced by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, through its Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer programs, are innovative small, low-head hydropower turbines.

FERC licenses three small hydropower projects totaling 4.69 MW

11/04/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed three small hydropower projects in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania totaling 4.69 MW in September.

Bidding extended for impeller replacements, stator rewinds at 314-MW Keys Pump-Generating hydro plant

11/03/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline for bids to supply impeller replacements and stator rewinds at the 314-MW John W. Keys III Pump-Generating plant at Grand Coulee Dam.

Magnetek, Precision Crane to modernize cranes at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam

10/31/2014

Magnetek Inc. and Precision Crane & Hoist Services have received a contract from the Bureau of Reclamation to modernize four 300-ton power plant cranes at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam.

U.S. to seek fishway temperature improvements at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

10/31/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for construction of structures to provide fishway temperature improvements at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Massachusetts eyes net electricity metering by small hydropower projects

10/31/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects.

U.S. to seek bridge crane rehabilitation at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

10/30/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for mechanical and structural rehabilitation of bridge cranes and a lifting beam at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

FERC revokes license for failure to build fish passage at 687-kW East Juliette hydro project

10/30/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has revoked the hydropower license of the 687-kW East Juliette hydroelectric project due to the licensee's failure over 12 years to construct required fish passage at the Georgia project.

Maine names Kleinschmidt, ORPC, TRC to inventory hydropower potential

10/30/2014

The Governor's Energy Office has named Kleinschmidt Associates, in partnership with hydrokinetic developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. and engineering firm TRC, to update Maine's inventory of undeveloped hydropower potential.

U.S. eyes labor agreements for hydro turbine work at 603-MW Ice Harbor, 980-MW McNary dams

10/30/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is surveying whether it would be appropriate to use Project Labor Agreements for major hydropower turbine supply or installation at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River or at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

Stender leaves NAES, forms consulting company

10/29/2014

John Stender, former director of business development with NAES Power Contractors, is now chief executive officer of Beacon Hills Consulting Services. 

Jacobs Associates, McMillen LLC announce merger plan

10/29/2014

San Francisco-based engineering and consulting firm Jacobs Associates and Boise, Idaho-based engineering and construction firm McMillen LLC announced plans to merge, forming McMillen Jacobs Associates.

U.S. awards gate fabrication contract for Montgomery Locks and Dam

10/29/2014

Steward Machine Co. Inc. has received a $4 million contract to fabricate replacement gates for the Corps' Montgomery Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Beaver, Pa.

U.S. seeks firms for gantry crane testing at 43.5-MW Jim Woodruff hydro project

10/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to load test two gantry cranes at 43.5-MW Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam on the Florida-Georgia border.

Study: Current dam operation in California could be bad for native fish species

10/28/2014

Results of a recent study identified 181 dams in California most in need of attention to protect fish, particularly native species. 

BC Hydro extends call for engineering of dams, spillways, penstocks

10/28/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for proposals from engineering consulting firms to engineer water retention and conveyance structures over at least seven years for the hydropower utility.

GRDA 130-MW Robert S. Kerr Dam

GRDA celebrates 50 years of hydroelectricity at the 130-MW Robert S. Kerr Dam (Video)

10/28/2014

“Grand indeed,” is what many attendees said while in attendance at the Grand River Dam Authority’s 130-MW Robert S. Kerr Dam at Lake Hudson in Mayes County, north of Locust Grove, Okla. The facility marked its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 25. 

Keith Martin: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

10/27/2014

The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower.  These students are funded through the Department of Energy’s Water Power Program and industry partners through a five year US$3.7 million dollar grant.

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