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How Legislation is Boosting Hydro Development in the U.S.


Two significant bills are helping spur American hydroelectric development, while sector leaders are hoping additional legislation and industry action can help carry the momentum.

U.S. seeks unit circuit breakers at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for unit circuit breakers and associated equipment for 2,078-MW Hoover Dam in Arizona and Nevada.

Reclamation appoints dam safety officer, area manager

Becker, Chad appointed to positions at hydro operator Bureau of Reclamation


Hydro operator the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation recently announced new appointments for two people: Brian Becker, P.E., and Carolyn Chad.

Hydro Currents


The top hydroelectric power news for January 2015

Perspectives: Turning Big Data into Valuable Insights


I recently attended a marketing workshop at which the instructors discussed, among other things, data … how to get it and what to do with it once you do get it.

Dam Safety in 2015: A Regulatory Perspective


As 2015 unfolds, the FERC Division of Dam Safety and Inspections (FERC-D2SI) is focusing on strengthening existing initiatives and further developing emerging initiatives such as Risk-Informed Decision Making.

U.S. Reclamation seeks firms for engineering support for hydro projects, infrastructure


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms able to provide civil, mechanical and electrical engineering professional services to support work at hydroelectric plants and other infrastructure throughout the Reclamation system.

Program to fund small hydro development

USDA grants available year-round to develop renewables, including hydro


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened its Renewable Energy for America or REAP to applications year-round, offering more opportunities for rural small businesses and agricultural producers to develop renewables, including hydro.

NYPA hydroelectric power allocations key in spurring New York's economy


The New York Power Authority's efforts to stimulate economic development through the allocation of low-cost hydroelectric power created or retained more than 18,500 jobs in 2014, the utility said.

Get a sneak peek into the world's largest hydroelectric power event


The hydroelectric power sector is dynamic, and so is the world's largest event dedicated entirely to hydropower.

U.S. seeks HVAC upgrades for 402-MW Dworshak hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

FERC authorizes 19 hydropower projects totaling 1,936.744 MW in 2014


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued 19 hydropower licenses and exemptions in 2014, totaling 1,936.744 MW. It also received applications in the same period for 18 licenses and exemptions totaling 261 MW.

Federal budget proposal includes millions for U.S. hydroelectric power, dams


President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget requests include a number of requests for both the Department of Energy and Bureau of Reclamation that could provide significant funding for conventional, pumped-storage, and marine and hydrokinetic hydroelectric power.

Site preparation call extended again for BC Hydro's 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project


Canadian utility BC Hydro further extended the deadline for 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.

Orenco Hydropower hires European representative

Pellettieri joins ORENCO Hydropower as European development manager


Luciano Pellettieri will serve as European Business Development Manager for ORENCO Hydropower.

Corps seeks firms for hydropower electrical-mechanical engineering in eastern U.S.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small businesses able to perform electrical and mechanical architect-engineer services for hydropower and other projects in the Corps' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

NHA Past Presidents' scholarship applications due February 16


The deadline to submit an application for the National Hydropower Association's 2015 Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship program is approaching, with all submissions due Monday, February 16.

Inspector: FERC policies to protect sensitive grid information were 'severely lacking'


The Energy Department's Office of Inspector General has issued a report concluding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately protect the security of electric grid vulnerability analyses to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

U.S. extends bidding for turbine cavitation repair at 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids for turbine cavitation repair at the 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam hydroelectric project in northeast Missouri.

Is an apology always the right thing to do?


I appreciate a good, heartfelt apology. I do. I feel it can go a long way toward smoothing over an injustice, even a perceived one. 

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