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Manitoba Hydro selects consortium to construct 695-MW Keeyask hydropower plant


A team led by engineering firm Bechtel has been awarded a US$1.25 billion contract from Manitoba Hydro to construct the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric plant.

ASI-Marine unveils new tool for hydropower project tunnel inspections


A new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from Canadian manufacturer ASI-Marine Technology is capable of giving a comprehensive view of partially-flooded waterways.

Connecticut town seeks developer for 2.376-MW Upper, Lower Collinsville dams hydro project


The town of Canton seeks proposals from developers to redevelop two previously licensed hydro plants, Upper Collinsville and Lower Collinsville dams on the Farmington River at Collinsville, Conn.

Corps awards contract for gantry crane rehab at Dalles hydropower project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$2.7 million contract to Industrial Support Service LLC to refurbish a 35-ton tailrace gantry crane at the 1,780-MW Dalles hydropower project on the Columbia River.

Colorado Senate approves bipartisan small hydropower bill


A bipartisan bill that could aid the development of small hydropower in Colorado has been approved by the state's Senate.

FERC approves hydrokinetic pilot license for 600-kW Admiralty Inlet tidal project


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a hydrokinetic pilot project license March 20 to the 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Pilot tidal project to be installed in Washington's Puget Sound.

Viewpoints from the Board Room: Black & Veatch


Steve Edwards - the new chairman, president, and chief executive officer of global engineering, consulting and construction firm Black & Veatch - discusses what he sees coming in the future of the hydropower industry globally and the role he sees Black & Veatch playing in that future.

U.S. seeks instream flow measurement to protect fish habitat in Idaho forests


The U.S. Forest Service seeks bids to perform hydrologic and aquatic resource measurement to help protect fish habitat on Forest Service lands in the Intermountain West.

OWA adds to best practices for hydroelectric power developers


The Ontario Waterpower Association has released two new best management practices (BMPs) for hydroelectric power development in conjunction with Canada Water Week.

Lockheed Martin begins work on AR1500 tidal energy turbines


Lockheed Martin has commenced work on a contract with tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources Ltd. that will see the global security and aerospace company provide optimization services for Atlantis' AR1500 turbine.

Upgrade Improves Usefulness of FERC Notices on


Subscribers to the premium content portion of the website now can access email addresses for contacts at hydroelectric projects licensed or permitted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

U.S. land agency seeks reconstruction of Montana's Judy Dam


The Bureau of Land Management seeks bids for reconstruction of Judy Dam in Valley County, Montana.

FERC licenses Nevada project, receives conduit applications for two California projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license for the 750-kW Humboldt River hydropower project in Nevada and received applications for conduit exemptions for two California projects in January.

Interior provides funding for Montana's Yellowtail Afterbay hydropower project


A US$655,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior will help the Crow Tribe complete work on an 8 MW hydropower project at the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam.

Court dismisses claim over FERC decision on hydro facility


The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on March 11 dismissed a damages action brought by the Skokomish Indian Tribe, as well as the individual members of the Tribe, deriving from the construction and operation of the Cushman Hydroelectric Project, upstream from the Tribe’s reservation in Washington state.

U.S. seeks draft tube, scroll case hoist systems at 603-MW Ice Harbor, 810-MW Lower Monumental dams


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply new draft tube and scroll case personnel hoist systems at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam and 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

DOE announces opportunities for wave and tidal energy research funding


The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy has announced two funding programs aimed at strengthening America's wave and tidal energy industry.

Hydro Hall of Fame who's who of industry history


For those who have never traveled to America's heartland or might otherwise be unfamiliar with it, there's an old honky-tonk located on the corner of Easton and Main in Tulsa called Cain's Ballroom.

U.S. seeks firms to supply gate roller chains for three hydro projects


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to fabricate and supply intake gate roller chains for three major hydroelectric projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Evaluations continue at Grant PUD's Wanapum Dam


The Grant County Public Utilities District will work with contractor Kuney-Goebel JV and subcontractors to begin investigative drilling after a crack was discovered in Wanapum Dam's pier monolith No. 4 in February.

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