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U.S. seeks supplier of parts for Woodward Governor equipment


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information from suppliers able to supply parts, supplies and technical support for Woodward Governor Co. equipment in its Nashville District.

Developer signs deals with First Nations groups for ocean power studies


Western Tidal Holdings has executed an Investigative Use License Agreement with the Shishalh Nation, allowing the ocean energy developer to explore the development of tidal power projects.

Reconstruction of Iowa's Delhi Dam could begin soon


A unanimous decision by the Lake Delhi Combined Recreational Facility & Water Quality Board could mean the process of rebuilding Iowa's Delhi Dam is on its way to beginning.

U.S. extends bidding for gantry crane refurbishment at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam


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

Kleinfelder honored for work on historic Snoqualmie Falls hydropower project


Kleinfelder received the Gold Award for Social, Economic and Sustainable Development from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington Chapter for its work in redeveloping the Snoqualmie Falls hydropower project.

Omnibus appropriations bill could change U.S. participation in international hydropower project development


Buried deep within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 is a clause that could potentially affect the United States' role in large-scale international hydroelectric power development.

FERC authorizes 16 hydropower projects totaling 21.065 MW in 2013


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued 16 hydropower licenses and exemptions in 2013, totaling 21.065 MW. It also received applications in the same period for 21 licenses and exemptions totaling 141.864 MW.

U.S. seeks bids to replace electrical service at 130-MW Barkley Lock and Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for electrical service replacement at Barkley Lock, part of the 130-MW Barkley hydroelectric complex on the Cumberland River in Kentucky.

UC-Berkeley team reveals ocean power "carpet"


Ocean energy generating units have taken a number of forms as developers look to capitalize in the expanding marine and hydrokinetics sector, but researchers at the University of California-Berkeley have proposed a new one: carpet.

Corps seeks firms to perform hydraulic, hydrologic work in Great Lakes, Ohio River Division


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of providing hydraulic studies for dam break analysis, hydrologic data, drainage system design, flood planning, water quality monitoring and navigation studies.

U.S. extends bidding for station service replacement at 980-MW McNary Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended bidding for replacement, rehabilitation and modernization of the station service electrical power system at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

Bill could raise spending limit for Reclamation dam safety improvements


A bill introduced to the Senate this past week would adjust the spending cap on dam safety improvements for infrastructure managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

U.S. seeks new control structure at Saylorville Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to construct a new diversion dam control structure at Saylorville Dam in Polk County, Iowa.

Corps awards contract for Hydrologic Engineering Center services


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a maximum US$6.4 million contract to Northwest Hydraulic Consultant Inc. to provide hydrologic and hydraulic planning, analysis, modeling, software development and other services for its Hydrologic Engineering Center.

U.S. to seek bids for lock rehab at Olmsted Dam on Ohio River


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for major lock rehabilitation at Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River in Kentucky.

DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration head


The U.S. Department of Energy named Elliot Mainzer the new Administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration earlier today.

U.S. extends bidding to refurbish another jet valve at 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline for bids to refurbish another 72-inch hollow jet valve at 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam in Idaho.

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Hydro important to Reclamation's sustainable energy strategic plan

When 20% of Your Workforce is Retiring: Employment Challenges for Electric Power


Between now and 2018, about 17% of the current electric power workforce in the Pacific Northwest is expected to retire, and it is becoming more challenging to fill open positions. What are employers to do?

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House Committee holds field hearing on Columbia River Treaty

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