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    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.

    NB Power hires group to evaluate future of 672-MW Mactaquac hydropower plant


    Canadian utility NB Power has sought the services of a group of internationally recognized scientists in determining future options for its 672-MW Mactaquac hydropower project.

    FERC receives draft application for 260-MW Mineville underground pumped-storage project


    Developer Moriah Hydro Corp. has filed a draft hydropower license application, seeking Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of the 260-MW Mineville pumped-storage project, to be located completely underground in an abandoned mine complex in New York.

    Knight Construction wins contract for gate rehab at Green Peter hydropower plant


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$3.5 million contract to Knight Construction & Supply Inc. for tainter gate rehabilitation at the 80-MW Green Peter hydropower project in Oregon.

    Work progresses on NYPA's Lewiston pumped-storage project modernizations


    Upgrades to the first of 12 pump-turbines at the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant's 240-MW Lewiston Pump-Generation Plant (LPGP) were completed earlier this week, the New York Power Authority has announced.

    BC Hydro seeks crane upgrades for 1,000-MW expansion of Mica hydro project


    Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids for maintenance and upgrades to two overhead gantry cranes needed for a 1,000-MW expansion of the 1,085-MW Mica hydroelectric project on the Columbia River in British Columbia.

    U.S. again extends bidding to replace switchgear, electrical equipment at 428-MW Hungry Horse Dam


    The Bureau of Reclamation again extended the deadline for bids to replace switchgear and related electrical equipment at the 428-MW Hungry Horse hydroelectric project in Montana.

    WAPA awards contract for transformer at 1,312-MW Glen Canyon hydroelectric plant


    Yellowstone Electric Co. has won a US$1 million contract to supply a transformer for the 1,312-MW Glen Canyon hydroelectric plant on the Colorado River.

    TVA announces record hydroelectric power production in FY 2013


    The Tennessee Valley Authority broke its 40-year old record for electricity generated within a fiscal year, TVA announced following the close of the 2013 fiscal year on September 30.

    Government shutdown cancels U.S. conference on endangered species studies for Northwest hydro system


    As a result of a federal government shutdown, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has canceled a pre-proposal conference on a proposed solicitation for biological studies in the Pacific Northwest involving endangered species in the federal hydroelectric system.

    Corps awards civil construction services for works in 17 state area


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract valued between US$1-4 million for to Limno-Tech Inc. for architectural-engineering services in its Chicago, Great Lakes and Ohio River divisions.

    U.S. seeks machining of mechanical components for 115-MW Ozark hydro project


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform final machining of mechanical components for the 115-MW Ozark hydroelectric project on the Arkansas River in Arkansas.

    Knight Construction wins award for Fall Creek Dam gate rehabilitation


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$2.1 million contract to Knight Construction & Supply Co. for tainter gate rehabilitation at the Fall Creek Dam in Oregon.

    Government shutdown postpones FERC workshop on Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act


    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has postponed a hearing on implementation of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 as a result of a shutdown of the federal government due to Congress' lack of agreement on spending measures.

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