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NorthWestern hydropower projects acquisition proposal clears FTC

05/02/2014

NorthWestern Energy has received Federal Trade Commission approval for its proposed purchase of 11 hydropower projects and related assets from PPL Montana, LLC.

Hydraulic modeling consultants NHC, LaSalle announce merger

05/01/2014

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd. has announced a merger acquisition of the LaSalle Consulting Group, forming the new "Lasalle|NHC".

U.S. seeks appraiser for purchase of historic 12-MW Borel hydro project

05/01/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids from certified appraisers to prepare an appraisal for the proposed purchase of the historic 12-MW Borel hydroelectric project from Southern California Edison.

NHA recognizes outstanding hydroelectric power industry achievements

05/01/2014

The National Hydropower Association has recognized six companies through its Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters awards program for positive contributions attributed to their hydroelectric projects.

U.S. again extends bidding for operation and maintenance of 14-MW Philpott hydro project

05/01/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again extended the deadline for bids from small businesses to provide operation and maintenance of the Corps' 14-MW Philpott hydroelectric project in Virginia.

Corps awards contract for Bonneville Dam hydro turbine guide bearings

05/01/2014

American Babbitt Bearing Inc. has been awarded a contract worth US$479,000 to supply hydro turbine guide bearings for the First Powerhouse at Bonneville Dam.

Free Flow Power files three more license applications totaling 78 MW

05/01/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received three more hydro license applications during March from Free Flow Power Corp. for projects at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams totaling 78 MW.

195-MW Forrest Kerr hydroelectric plant nears completion

05/01/2014

Canadian utility AltaGas Ltd. has announced the start of waterflow at its 195-MW Forrest Kerr hydropower project.

Corps Little Rock District sets 2014 industry day for hydro, other work

05/01/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District has scheduled an industry day for fiscal year 2014 to talk with contractors about plans for its facilities, including water resources and hydropower projects.

Two contracts awarded for lock rehabilitation at Olmsted Dam

04/30/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded two contracts for lock rehabilitation at Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River in Kentucky.

U.S. has 65 GW of untapped hydroelectric power potential, DOE report says

04/29/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released a new renewable energy resource assessment that estimates as much as 65 GW of new hydroelectric power capacity could be developed across more than three million American rivers and streams.

DOE unveils ambitious plan for long-term hydroelectric power development

04/29/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy today unveiled a plan ultimately designed to dramatically increase American hydroelectric capacity in the coming decades.

U.S. extends bidding to modify fish channel at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

04/29/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to modify a juvenile fish collection channel at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Four legislators honored by NHA for hydroelectric power advocacy

04/28/2014

The National Hydropower Association awarded four members of Congress with NHA Legislator of the Year awards for their roles in championing hydroelectric power legislation through the House and Senate.

U.S. seeks firms for gate repairs at Raystown Dam in Pennsylvania

04/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to repair tainter gates at Raystown Lake Dam on the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River at Hesston.

Snoqualmie Falls hydropower project honored with USSD award

04/25/2014

The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project was selected by the U.S. Society on Dams (USSD) as its Excellence in the Constructed Project award recipient for 2014. The award was presented at the USSD Annual meeting in San Francisco earlier this month. 

Alterra, Fiera announce partnership for Canada's 62-MW Jimmie Creek hydropower project

04/24/2014

The Alterra Power Corp. and Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc. have announced a partnership agreement for the ownership and construction of the 62-MW Jimmie Creek hydroelectric plant.

Dimensionally Homogeneous Form of the Chezy and Manning Equations

04/24/2014

Chezy and Manning equations, the foundation of our present science of open channel hydraulics, are not dimensionally homogeneous. The author presents a new derivation of these equations that reveals the constituent parts of these coefficients, allowing for calculation of more accurate values.

U.S. seeks firms for rewind, cavitation repair at 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam

04/24/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform generator rewinds and turbine cavitation repairs at 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

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

04/24/2014

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


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