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    Government shutdown's impact on hydropower industry unclear

    10/01/2013

    Clouds of uncertainty hang over Washington D.C. after Congress was unable to pass the federal budget before the new fiscal year began at 12 a.m. this morning, sending the government into its first shutdown since 1995.

    Brayman wins Corps contract for civil construction at Charleroi Locks and Dam

    10/01/2013

    Brayman Construction Corporation has been awarded a US$15.2 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for civil construction of an emptying basin for Charleroi Locks and Dam on the Monongahela River at Charleroi, Pa.

    Bridging the gap

    10/01/2013

    This last week, I had the privilege of attending the Oregon Wave Energy Trust’s Annual Conference, which was held in beautiful Astoria, Oregon.

    Controversial Obama nominee withdraws from bid to be FERC chairman

    10/01/2013

    Facing the prospect of a negative recommendation from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, controversial Colorado consultant Ronald J. Binz withdrew his nomination by President Obama to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    Abide International wins award for New Hogan Dam gate retrofitting

    10/01/2013

    Abide International has won a US$6.7 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to retrofit spillway gates at New Hogan Dam on the Calaveras River in central California.

    Canada utility seeks information on spillway work for W.A.C. Bennett Dam

    09/30/2013

    Canada utility BC Hydro seeks information from contractors on a draft solicitation for rehabilitation of a spillway chute at W.A.C. Bennett Dam, site of the 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum hydroelectric project.

    Operations begin at Innovente 4.3 MW small hydro proejct

    09/30/2013

    Canadian energy producer Innovente Inc. has put a 4.3 MW hydropower project in Saint-Patrice-de-Beurivage into commercial service following a series of successful compliance tests and trials.

    PPL Corporation sells 11 hydropower projects to NorthWestern

    09/27/2013

    The PPL Corporation has announced that its subsidiary PPL Montana LLC will sell 11 hydroelectric power facilities to NorthWestern Energy.

    TransAlta selects Lignum Vitae for Horseshoe hydropower plant bearings

    09/27/2013

    Lignum Vitae North America has been awarded a contract to provide a water-lubricated thrust bearing for the 14-MW Horseshoe hydropower plant in Alberta.

    U.S. to seek gantry crane refurbishment at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam

    09/27/2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids to refurbish a 35-ton tailrace gantry crane at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

    Faulty bolts shut down Canada's Wuskwatim hydroelectric project

    09/26/2013

    Faulty bolts discovered during a routine inspection of Manitoba Hydro's 200-MW Wuskwatim hydropower project have forced the operator to temporarily shut down three turbine units.

    Moltz Construction wins gate refurbishment contract for Parker hydropower project

    09/26/2013

    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a US$2.2 million contract to Moltz Constructors Inc. to pain penstock gates and refurbish fixed-wheel gate assemblies at the 120-MW Parker hydroelectric plant on the Colorado River.

    FERC issues Alaska hydro license, exempts projects in Colorado, California

    09/26/2013

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed a small hydro project in Alaska and issued exemptions from licensing to projects in Colorado and California during August.

    President Obama gives OK for small hydropower project in Denali

    09/26/2013

    President Barack Obama has signed off on legislation that will allow for the construction of a 50 kW small hydropower project within Alaska's Denali National Park.

    U.S. to seek electrical equipment, dam repair at 2,160-MW John Day hydro project

    09/26/2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for electrical equipment and for dam repair at 2,160-MW John Day Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon.

    Fortis pursuing new hydropower plant in British Columbia

    09/25/2013

    Fortis Generation Inc. is moving to the next stage in developing a new 45- to 65 MW hydropower plant along the Similkameen River in British Columbia, the distribution utility said.

    Knight Construction wins contract for Prosser Creek Dam gate rehabilitations

    09/24/2013

    Knight Construction & Supply Inc. has won a contract worth US$2.1 million from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to refurbish gates at Prosser Creek Dam in California.

    U.S. seeks information on replacement cabling at 340-MW Bull Shoals hydro project

    09/24/2013

    The Southwestern Power Administration seeks information on a proposal to change the type of cabling used in the powerhouse of 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam on the White River in Arkansas.

    Atlantium Technologies study shows potential for invasive species control

    09/24/2013

    The use of unique UV technology called "Hydro Optic Disinfection" (HOD) has shown promising results in controlling zebra and quagga mussel populations on dams and hydroelectric power projects, according to a new white paper published by Atlantium Technologies.

    Litostroj Hydro gets go-ahead for small hydro equipment

    09/24/2013

    Machinery manufacturer Litostroj Hydro Inc. has been given a notice to proceed on its equipment contract for the 19-MW White River hydropower project.


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