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News about the hydro market in the U.S. and Canada, including studies of development potential, plant rehabilitation work and new technologies.

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Tech Briefs

09/26/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

How Advanced Pumped-Storage Technologies Contribute to the System

09/26/2014

Pumped-storage technologies are ideally suited to support integration of variable renewables.

Ranking Options: A Simple Way to Identify Priorities

09/26/2014

How to prioritize multiple organizational objectives to allocate human and financial resources

U.S. again extends deadline for circuit breakers, transformers at 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam

09/26/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again extended the deadline for bids to replace main unit circuit breakers and instrument transformers at the First Powerhouse of 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam in Oregon and Washington.

Defining and Implementing Shoreline and Recreation Management Goals

09/26/2014

Managing multiple challenges with regard to shoreline and recreation management

Area hydro projects shut down, endangered by California fire

09/26/2014

Several hydropower projects in California's Sierra Nevada shut down temporarily due to danger from a giant California wildfire but no major damage was reported to hydro facilities.

No Ordinary Fish Tale: Design-Build of a New Powerhouse for Lower Baker

09/26/2014

Adding a new 30-MW powerhouse at Lower Baker to improve fish passage

What's Hot in Underwater Work at Dams and Hydro Plants

09/25/2014

Divers and ROVs: A cost-effective solution when performing underwater work

How Canada Deals with Dam Safety Issues

09/25/2014

Canada's push toward the use of a risk-informed approach to dam safety

Upgrading Hebgen Dam to Withstand a Potential Second Earthquake

09/25/2014

Upgrade bring Hebgen Dam up to modern seismic design standards

Hydro Currents

09/25/2014

The top hydroelectric power news for September 2014

U.S. begins spillway gate rehabilitation at 80-MW Green Peter Dam

09/25/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun rehabilitation of one of two spillway gates at the 80-MW Green Peter hydroelectric project on Oregon's South Santiam River.

U.S. seeks firms to provide electrical supplies for hydro projects in Northwest

09/25/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small businesses able to provide a wide range of electrical supplies to Corps dams and national resource centers in the Corps' Walla Walla District.

Perspectives: Let's Give Hydropower a Boost

09/24/2014

Perspectives: Let's Give Hydropower a Boost

Putting ourselves out there

09/24/2014

Fears. We all have them. It is interesting to read about the most common fears (not phobias, that’s a whole other subject). There are the typical spiders, snakes and heights. Dogs I was a bit surprised about, but public speaking … not so much.

U.S. seeks firms for fishway temperature improvements at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

09/24/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to build structures to provide fishway temperature improvements at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

FERC conforms its regulations to Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

09/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has amended its regulations on preliminary permits, exemptions and conduit projects to comply with provisions of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.

U.S. lends $1.125 million for 1.8-MW Flannagan hydro project

09/23/2014

The U.S. Agriculture Department's Rural Energy for America Program has agreed to lend $1.125 million for development of the 1.8-MW Flannagan hydroelectric project on the Pound River in Virginia.

Canada hydro utility seeks consulting engineering services

09/23/2014

Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to provide consulting engineering services to its hydropower and other operations in Manitoba.

U.S. awards tainter gate repair contract for Nebraska's Harlan County Dam

09/22/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $25.7 million contract to OCCI Inc. to repair tainter gates at Harlan County Dam in Nebraska.

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