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New control system on line at 6.8-GW Grand Coulee hydropower plant


A new control system implemented by communications technology company Real-Time Innovations is now operational at the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydroelectric plant.

California hydroelectric power operator names new CEO


The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has announced the selection of Arlen Orchard as its new general manager and chief executive officer, effective April 12.

FERC sets conferences on critical infrastructure, system reliability


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an agenda and discussion topics for a technical conference April 29 on Critical Infrastructure Protection issues.

Tech Briefs


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology from April 2014

Dam Safety & Security


Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures for April 2014



News about recent job changes in the hydro industry for April 2014

R&D Forum


Research reports and study findings related to hydropower from April 2014

Canadian News


The latest hydropower industry news from Canada from April 2014

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the marine hydrokinetics industry in North America for April 2014

Industry News


News on hydroelectric power, pumped storage and more for April 2014

Optimizing Generation: Removing Sediment at Monroe Street Dam


To deal with heavy debris build-up at Monroe Street Dam in 2012, Avista Utilities worked to remove and relocate large rocks and sediment from the dam's intake screens, ensuring optimal flow and steady generating capacity.

From the Boardroom: Marc Gerken, American Municipal Power


American Municipal Power is paving the way in new hydroelectric development in the U.S., with four projects under construction that will add more than 300 MW of capacity. Read on to learn why the company believes hydropower is the way to go.

Renovation Marries History, Technology and Environment


The Snoqualmie Falls project in Washington State has undergone an extensive renovation and upgrade program that includes additional power generation, an enhanced experience for visitors and better fish protection.

Common Goal: Partnership Between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and TVA


Over the past 80 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority have engaged in a dynamic partnership to promote and expand hydropower in the Cumberland and Tennessee river basins.

Phase Checking a Generator after Replacing Instrument Transformers


This article will explain proper procedures for ensuring a synchronous AC generating unit is in phase with the system when the generator breaker is first closed after work on protection system instrument transformers or after a unit rewind.

Endangered Species Consultation: Why Does it Take so Long?


Navigating through the stages of licensing or relicensing a hydropower project can be a lengthy process. However, there are steps to make the endangered species consultation portion easier to manage.

Perspectives: Make Your Voice Heard!


This special edition of Hydro Review is being distributed at the National Hydropower Association's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. During the conference's opening session, attendees are celebrating the hydro industry's "big win" in 2013 - passage of two hydro-related pieces of legislation by huge margins in both the Senate and the House.

U.S. seeks spillway channel excavation at Canton Lake Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform the remaining excavation that will allow flows into a new auxiliary spillway at Canton Lake Dam on the North Canadian River in Oklahoma.

Hydro Currents


The latest hydroelectric power news and information for April 2014

California utility seeks design, engineering for 2.7-MW New Slab Creek hydro plant


Sacramento Municipal Utility District seeks bids to provide owner's engineering services for development of the 2.7-MW New Slab Creek powerhouse in California.

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