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FERC grants new permit for 240-MW Alaska tidal energy project

02/19/2014

On Feb. 12, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a successive preliminary permit for Turnagain Arm Tidal Energy Corp. for a tidal energy project in Alaska.

U.S. seeks firms to refurbish, paint tainter gates at 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam

02/19/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to refurbish and paint tainter gates at 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam on Arkansas' White River.

Hydroelectric power legislation moves to Washington's House

02/19/2014

The Washington State Senate has passed a bill that would allow utility companies to designate incremental hydroelectric power as "renewable".

LIHI awards low-impact certification to 8-MW Milford hydropower plant

02/18/2014

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute's governing board awarded low-impact certification status to the 8-MW Milford hydropower project.

Corps seeks firms for lamprey passage study at Snake River hydro projects

02/18/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small businesses able to perform a lamprey migration and passage study at four hydroelectric projects on the lower Snake River.

ABB wins contract to upgrade Hydro-Quebec transmission system

02/18/2014

Power and automation technology group ABB has won a US$60 million order from Hydro-Quebec to replace "vital components" in its ultra-high transmission system.

Reclamation seeks feedback on draft LOPP directive and standard

02/17/2014

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued and is now seeking public comment on a temporary Reclamation manual release directive and standard.

FERC cancels permit for 1,000-MW Don Pedro Pumped-Storage project

02/17/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has canceled the preliminary permit of a Symbiotics LLC affiliate to study development of the 1,000-MW Don Pedro Pumped-Storage project on California's Tuolumne River.

Hydro Holdings LLC completes acquisition of 11 hydropower projects

02/14/2014

FirstEnergy Corp. has completed the sale of 11 hydropower projects to Harbor Hydro Holdings LLC, the Ohio-based power distributor said.

FERC offers to help hydro licensees respond to California drought

02/14/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has advised 128 hydropower licensees as well as state and federal resource agencies that it will perform swift review of license amendment requests to conserve water during California's drought.

Colorado passes legislation to ease small hydro development

02/13/2014

The Colorado House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation earlier today that will streamline the development of small hydropower within the state.

U.S. seeks relays, switchboards for 90-MW Norfork, 340-MW Bull Shoals hydro projects

02/13/2014

The Southwestern Power Administration seeks bids to replace protective relay and control switchboard panels at two substations and at 90-MW Norfork and 340-MW Bull Shoals hydropower projects in Arkansas.

World's largest hydroelectric power event three-peats as "Fastest 50" recipient

02/12/2014

HydroVision International, the world's largest event dedicated to the hydroelectric power industry, has again been recognized by Trade Show Executive as one of the fastest-growing tradeshows in the United States.

Corps seeks information on classroom instruction in dam seismic stability

02/12/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information from firms interested in providing classroom instruction on seismic stability of earthen dams for Corps employees.

U.S. seeks bids for hydro turbine guide bearings at 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam

02/11/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply hydro turbine guide bearings for the First Powerhouse of 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam in Oregon and Washington.

Andritz signs deal for Muskrat Falls hydropower plant

02/11/2014

Andritz Hydro has been awarded an order to supply all hydromechanical equipment for Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project.

U.S. seeks firms to replace stoplogs at 2.2-MW Lewiston Dam hydro project

02/07/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms capable of replacing stoplogs at the 2.2-MW Lewiston Dam hydroelectric project on the Trinity River in California.

Brookfield Renewable acquires shares of 417-MW Safe Harbor hydropower plant

02/07/2014

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. has acquired a 33% interest in Pennsylvania's 417-MW Safe Harbor hydroelectric plant, according to a quarterly results report released earlier this week.

Swan Lake pumped-storage project still in development

02/06/2014

Development of the proposed 1,000-MW Swan Lake North pumped-storage hydropower project is moving forward and still on target for a 2020 completion date.

Obama nomination to elevate FERC staffer Bay to chairmanship

02/06/2014

President Obama has nominated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Enforcement Director Norman C. Bay to be a FERC commissioner, with the intention to name Bay chairman once he is confirmed by the Senate.


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