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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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Latest North America News

Dam Safety & Security

11/20/2014

Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

R&D Forum

11/20/2014

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Marine Hydrokinetics

11/20/2014

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

FERC approves power system physical security reliability standard

11/20/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued new rules approving, with modifications, a power system physical security reliability standard submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Canadian Spotlight

11/20/2014

The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

Tech Briefs

11/20/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Reivax wins awards for exciter replacements at two North American hydropower projects

11/20/2014

Power technology group Reivax North America has received a pair of rehabilitation and upgrade awards for work at hydropower projects in Arkansas and Washington.

U.S. seeks gantry crane for Idaho's Ririe Dam

11/20/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to supply and install a five-ton monorail gantry crane at Ririe Dam on Willow Creek in Idaho.

Testing a Power System Frequency Control Product

11/19/2014

Hydro-Québec in Canada and Svenska Kraftnät in Sweden have used a new power system frequency control test bench to accurately model the prime mover and speed governor of a synchronous generator.

Restoring Production at Innergex's Miller Creek Facility

11/19/2014

Rehabilitation and upgrades of the Miller Creek Hydroelectric Facility have allowed new owner Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. to maximize its investment.

Hydro Currents

11/19/2014

The top hydroelectric power news for October 2014

NorthWestern Energy closes deal to purchase PPL Montana hydroelectric facilities

11/19/2014

NorthWestern Energy has closed on the previously announced $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric facilities with a total capacity of 633 MW, as well as one storage reservoir, from electricity generator PPL Montana.

BC Hydro seeks site preparation for 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

11/19/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to perform site preparation on the north bank of the Peace River for the proposed 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Nova Group wins contract for electrical work at 1,076-MW Bonneville hydropower project

11/19/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$23 million contract to Nova Group Inc. to replace main unit circuit breakers and instrument transformers for the First Powerhouse at Bonneville Dam.

Corps of Engineers finalizes sediment management plan for Lower Snake River

11/19/2014

Following intensive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers review and consideration of extensive public comments, the Corps' Northwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. John S. Kem, signed two Records of Decision (RODs) on Nov. 14 for the Lower Snake River Final Programmatic Sediment Management Plan (PSMP) and a current "immediate need" action (dredging) to reestablish the congressionally authorized dimensions of the Lower Snake River federal navigation channel. The RODs are based on consideration of reasonable alternatives and evaluation of potential environmental effects contained in the PSMP Final Environmental Impact Statement (PSMP FEIS). Signing of the RODs marks completion of the Walla Walla District National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process.

KIUC gets go-ahead for 25-MW Hawaiian pumped-storage proposal

11/18/2014

Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources has given its unanimous approval in principal to the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) for a 25 MW pumped-storage hydropower project on the island's west side.

Chris Schleicher: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

11/18/2014

Chris Schleicher will graduate this fall with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. Chris graduated Cum Laude at York College of Pennsylvania with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, and completed a MS in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in 2012.

U.S. seeks firms for windings, cavitation repair at 402-MW Dworshak hydro project

11/18/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform winding replacement and cavitation repair of the Unit 3 turbine-generator at the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

Agreement signed to move forward development of 15-MW Fosthall Creek Power hydroelectric plant

11/18/2014

An Impact Benefit Agreement signed by Splatsin, Sorgent.e Hydro Canada Corp. and Fosthall Creek Power Ltd. is intended to move forward development of a hydroelectric plant, the 15-MW Fosthall Creek Power project.

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Halifax Water generates power from a 32-kW in-pipe small hydroelectric system

11/17/2014

Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia, Canada, is the first Canadian city to use an in-pipe hydroelectric generation system within a pressurized water distribution pipeline, according to Halifax Water. On Nov. 13, a 32-kW generating system within a drinking water distribution control chamber for Halifax Water began providing power. 

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