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    Corps awards contract for wire rope, crane work at John Day hydropower plant


    Knight Construction & Supply Inc. has won a US$293,171 contract to replace wire rope and perform load testing for an emergency intake crane at the 2,160-MW John Day hydropower plant.

    U.S. seeks firms to perform fish passage upgrade at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to upgrade the juvenile fish passage facility at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

    Replacing a Francis Turbine Blade Damaged by Cavitation


    When years of gross cavitation at the Pointe du Bois station prompted a turbine blade replacement as opposed to a repair, Manitoba Hydro elected to replace the Francis blades in situ to reduce cost.

    New Calibration Equation for the Winter-Kennedy Piezometer System


    A new equation for calibrating data gathered using a Winter-Kennedy piezometer system, tested using data from Unit 4 at the 810-MW Lower Granite project, could provide better correlation of results than traditional methods of calibration.

    Perspectives: Let's Talk about Jobs


    Job creation. It's a top-of-mind issue for many countries throughout the world, including the U.S. and Canada.

    Hydro Currents


    Seattle passes final hurdle for FERC relicense of 1,003-MW Boundary project

    Tech Briefs


    Reclamation to install systems for control of quagga, zebra mussels

    Industry News


    FirstEnergy applies to transfer 11 plants to LS Power unit

    Canadian News


    Ontario reviewing hydroelectric potential of province's north

    The Leading Edge


    Bill introduced to aid American marine hydrokinetic industry

    R&D Forum


    First Nation to help study Tazi Twe project

    Rehabilitating the Francis Units at Chief Joseph


    The refurbishment of 10 Francis turbines at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 2,620-MW Chief Joseph hydro project has resulted in turbines operating at the highest level of performance achieved for existing designs.

    Dam Safety & Security


    Flooding causes dam safety concerns in Colorado

    Studying the Potential to Add Micro Hydropower in North Carolina


    With more than 3,000 low-head dams devoid of hydroelectric powerhouses, the North Carolina Piedmont was a prime location for a feasibility study determining the realistic potential to add hydropower to the area.



    Eric Van Deuren joins team at Pacific Gas and Electric

    Underwater technology company expands operation


    Underwater technology developer EdgeTech has expanded its main office in West Wareham, Mass., giving the company more than 30,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space.

    DOE's Energy Information Administration closed due to government shutdown


    The U.S. Department of Energy has shut down the Energy Information Administration, effective October 11, due to the lapse in appropriations caused by Congress's failure to pass a new federal budget.

    U.S. resets site visit for turbine runner replacement at 80-MW Denison Dam


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rescheduled a site visit for bidders to replace two turbine runners at the 80-MW Denison Dam hydroelectric project in Texas.

    Nalcor Energy awards contract for construction of Muskrat Falls hydropower project civil works


    Italian contractor Astaldi has been a contract worth about US$962 million for the construction of major civil works for Canada's 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

    U.S. seeks firms to supply draft tube bulkheads for 980-MW McNary Dam


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small firms capable of supplying draft tube bulkheads for 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

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