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U.S. seeks firms for bridge crane rehabilitation at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to carry out 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.

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Oil players looking to renewables


Recent news that the heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune are to divest some of their interests in fossil fuels in favour of clean technology indicates a significant change has taken place in the investment market lately.

U.S. awards fish passage construction for 810-MW Lower Granite Dam


Garco Construction Inc. has received a $48.3 million contract to upgrade the juvenile fish passage facility at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

U.S. seeks firms to supply unit circuit breakers for 2,078-MW Hoover Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms able to supply unit circuit breakers and associated equipment for 2,078-MW Hoover Dam in Arizona and Nevada.

Innergex closes financing for Canada's 21.2-MW Tretheway Creek hydro project


Innergex Renewables Energy Inc. has closed C$92.2 million (US$87.2 million) in financing for the 21.2-MW Tretheway Creek hydro project in British Columbia.

U.S. expands query for firms to install governors at 11 Northwest hydro plants


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for information on firms able to install new digital governors at 11 Corps hydroelectric projects in the Portland, Seattle and Walla Walla districts.

Montana PSC issues final order approving PPL sale of 11 hydro plants to NorthWestern Energy


The Montana Public Service Commission issued its formal final order approving PPL Montana's sale of 11 hydroelectric plants totaling 663 MW to NorthWestern Energy.

U.S. extends call for gate roller chains at three hydro projects in Northwest


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to fabricate and supply intake gate roller chains for three major hydroelectric projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Ruhlin prepares for centennial celebration


Construction firm Ruhlin Company has begun a year-long celebration in conjunction with the Ohio-based company's centennial in 2015.

FERC relicenses Texas-Louisiana hydro project, OKs expansion and exemption of Oregon projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed a Texas-Louisiana hydropower project, authorized expansion of an Oregon project and approved an Oregon conduit exemption during August.

Corps to test new 52-MW turbine-generator at Missouri's Stockton Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for testing and operation of a new 52-MW hydropower turbine replacing the original 45.2-MW unit at Stockton Dam hydroelectric project in Missouri.

U.S. aid agency extends call for worldwide engineering work including hydropower


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has extended a call for information on small businesses able to provide design, construction supervision and other services for worldwide USAID projects including water resources work and hydroelectric dams.

Voith to equip hydro projects 695-MW Keeyask in Canada, 46.6-MW Rajamandala in Indonesia


Units of Voith Hydro have received contracts to equip the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project in Canada and the 46.6-MW Rajamandala hydro project in Indonesia.

U.S. Energy Department approves transmission line to deliver Quebec hydropower to New York


The U.S. Department of Energy issued a presidential permit approving construction and operation of a 1,000-MW transmission line to carry Quebec hydroelectric power to customers in New York City.

U.S. seeks impeller replacements, stator rewinds at 314-MW Keys Pump-Generating hydro plant


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

U.S. awards mechanical component machining contract at 115-MW Ozark hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1.16 million contract to Highway Machine Co. to perform final machining of mechanical components for the 115-MW Ozark hydroelectric project on the Arkansas River in Arkansas.

Sue Nee Tan: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation


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.

Dam Safety and Security


Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

R&D Forum


Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the marine hydrokinetics industry in North America for September 2014

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