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UC-Berkeley team reveals ocean power "carpet"

01/30/2014

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

01/29/2014

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

01/29/2014

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

01/28/2014

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

01/28/2014

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

01/28/2014

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

01/28/2014

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

01/27/2014

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

01/27/2014

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.

Industry News

01/25/2014

Hydro important to Reclamation's sustainable energy strategic plan

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

01/25/2014

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?

Hydro Currents

01/25/2014

House Committee holds field hearing on Columbia River Treaty

USSD announces key dates for 2014 annual conference

01/24/2014

The U.S. Society on Dams has announced a number of deadlines in advance of its Annual Meeting and Conference.

TVA has near-record peak demand during cold streak

01/24/2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority has met a record-breaking winter demand for electricity this morning by providing an estimated 33,345 MW, the agency announced.

Upgrades to Ontario's Lower Mattagami hydropower project ahead of schedule

01/23/2014

Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation has announced that a new 67 MW turbine unit is now generating power at its 138-MW Little Long hydropower plant.

Proposals could impact production at 80-MW Denison hydropower project

01/23/2014

A Lake Texoma community organization is requesting changes to water use laws that could have an impact on hydroelectric power generation at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Denison Dam.

Connecticut town considering Archimedes Screw hydropower plant

01/23/2014

The Manchester town board has approved a bid waiver from the New England Hydropower Company that will allow the Massachusetts-based group to explore the feasibility of a new small hydropower project at the town's Union Pond Dam.

U.S. PIT tag tender seeks sample group for testing

01/23/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply passive integrated transponder tags for fish passage monitoring in the Columbia River Basin.

U.S. seeks station service replacement at 980-MW McNary Dam

01/22/2014

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

Corps awards contract for conduit and lining replacement at Blakely Mountain hydropower project

01/22/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$1.58 million contract to the Hartman-Walsh Painting Co. to replace hydropower conduit coating and lining systems at the 75-MW Blakely Mountain hydropower project.


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