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Montana PSC approves PPL sale of 11 hydropower plants to NorthWestern Energy

09/05/2014

The Montana Public Service Commission has approved PPL Montana's sale of 11 hydroelectric plants totaling 663 MW to NorthWestern Energy.

U.S. awards gate repair contract for Raystown Dam in Pennsylvania

09/05/2014

R. Zoppo Corp. has received a $1.4 million contract to repair tainter gates at Raystown Lake Dam on the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River at Hesston.

U.S. extends bidding for dam safety construction at Pine Creek Dam

09/04/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to perform dam safety civil construction at Pine Creek Dam on Little River in McCurtain County, Okla.

Hepler joins Schnabel Engineering

09/04/2014

Thomas E. Hepler, P.E., is now working for Schnabel Engineering.

Kiewit wins spillway channel excavation work at Canton Lake Dam

09/04/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. to perform the remaining excavation that will allow flows into a new auxiliary spillway at Canton Lake Dam on the North Canadian River in Oklahoma.

Canada utility seeks wicket gates refurbishment at 133-MW Great Falls hydro project

09/04/2014

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to refurbish turbine wicket gates at the 133-MW Great Falls hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

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U.S. awards $132 million contract for dam safety cutoff wall at East Branch Dam

09/03/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to Layne Christensen Co. for dam safety work to construct a deep cutoff wall at East Branch Dam on the East Branch Clarion River in Pennsylvania.

U.S. boundary commission seeks excitation system for 132-MW Amistad

09/03/2014

The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission seeks bids to replace the excitation system of two 33-MW turbine-generators in the U.S. power plant at 132-MW Amistad Dam at Del Rio, Texas.

More than 10,000 readers each for Hydro Review, HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide

09/03/2014

The most recent BPA Worldwide Brand Report for Hydro Review magazine reveals that the magazine issues average more than 10,400 readers, while HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazine has average readership of more than 10,600. HydroWorld.com, the website for these two magazines, averages more than 52,500 monthly unique browsers with nearly 172,500 average page impressions.

World Bank calls for greater use of Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

09/03/2014

The World Bank has reviewed the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for hydropower development, concluding that developing countries should make greater use of it and that the bank should explore how to strengthen its financial sustainability.

Fish passage bidding extended again by U.S. at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

09/02/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers further extended the deadline for bids to perform major construction to upgrade the juvenile fish passage facility at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Obama nominates Arkansas regulator Honorable to FERC

09/02/2014

President Obama has nominated Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to succeed Commissioner John Norris who announced his resignation Aug. 7.

Newfoundland appeals dismissal of 5,428-MW Churchill Falls contract challenge

09/02/2014

Nalcor Energy's Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. has appealed a Quebec Superior Court judgment that upholds an agreement that requires Newfoundland to sell power from the 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydroelectric project to Quebec for a fraction of its value.

U.S. seeks penstock valves, wicket gate seals for 49-MW Lost Creek Dam

08/29/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply replacement penstock butterfly valves and wicket gate seals at 49-MW Lost Creek Dam on Oregon's Rogue River.

Manitoba Hydro authorizes site work at 695-MW Keeyask hydropower project

08/29/2014

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has authorized modular builder Britco to commence the second phase of construction camp work at the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

U.S. extends deadlines for transformer, electrical upgrades at 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam

08/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended deadlines for bids to perform transformer and electrical equipment upgrades at the first and second powerhouses of 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam in Oregon and Washington.

Final blast removes last hydro project on Washington's Elwha River

08/28/2014

A final explosion Aug. 26 removed the remains of 12-MW Glines Canyon Dam, fully opening the Elwha River to salmon passage in Washington's Olympic National Park.

Porse takes new position with Mavel Americas

08/28/2014

N. Christian Porse is now project manager with Mavel Americas Inc.

Duke files to relicense 876.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydro project

08/28/2014

Duke Energy filed an application Aug. 27 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to relicense its 867.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydroelectric project in South Carolina and North Carolina.

U.S. awards Lower St. Anthony Falls Dam machinery, control, lighting rehab

08/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to BBA Construction LLC to replace central control station electrical equipment at its Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis.

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