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News about the hydro market in the U.S. and Canada, including studies of development potential, plant rehabilitation work and new technologies.

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Kelcey Lajoie

Kelcey Lajoie: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

07/16/2014

The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower. These students are funded through the Department of Energy’s Water Power Program and industry partners.

Fort Randall Dam

U.S. seeks bids for switchyard upgrades at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

07/16/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to upgrade the switchyard at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

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Senate confirms nominations of LaFleur, Bay to FERC

07/15/2014

The U.S. Senate confirmed July 15 President Obama's nominations of Cheryl LaFleur and Norman C. Bay to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Perspectives: Looking Back

07/15/2014

1994 ... 20 years ago: Gasoline was $1.10 per gallon. A U.S. postage stamp cost 29 cents. Apple released its first Macintosh computer using the new PowerPC Microprocessors.

Pine Creek Dam

U.S. seeks dam safety construction at Pine Creek Dam

07/15/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform dam safety civil construction at Pine Creek Dam on Little River in McCurtain County, Okla.

Hydro Currents

07/15/2014

The top hydroelectric power news for July 2014

Chief Joseph Dam

U.S. seeks generator thrust bearing coolers for 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam

07/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply generator thrust bearing coolers for 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington.

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BC Hydro seeks geotechnical drilling, field testing

07/11/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for pre-qualification for specialized geotechnical drilling and field testing for a variety of the utility's projects and operations throughout British Columbia.

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Hydro technology supplier JHP signs exclusive import deal with China's Tianjin Tianfa

07/11/2014

A recently signed deal between California-based importer JHP & Associates Inc. and Chinese manufacturer Tianjin Tianfa gives North American hydropower project developers a new option for components and equipment.

Dalles Dam

U.S. seeks firms to supply transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam

07/11/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to supply 19 transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

Lower Granite Hydropower Project

Corps awards contract to modify fish channel at 810-MW Lower Granite hydropower project

07/11/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$2.7 million contract to Engineered Heavy Services LLC to modify a juvenile fish collection channel at the 810-MW Lower Granite hydropower project.

Hoover Dam

Reservoir behind Hoover Dam dips to historic low

07/10/2014

The drought impacting the southwestern United States has caused Nevada's Lake Mead to dip to its lowest water levels since the Hoover Dam was completed in the 1930s, according to Bureau of Reclamation officials.

Raystown Dam

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

07/10/2014

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

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FERC reaffirms geographic limits on municipal preference

07/09/2014

Faced with challenges from major public power organizations, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has upheld its ruling establishing geographic limits on the granting of municipal preference in the issuance of preliminary permits to study developing hydroelectric projects.

Colorado Floods

Colorado's Big Thompson hydroelectric plant reopens after flood damages

07/09/2014

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said the Big Thompson hydroelectric power plant in Colorado is back online after a September flood caused damages.

Vancouver Island

Canada utility seeks engineering to refurbish Salmon River Dam

07/09/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids for engineering design services to refurbish Salmon River Diversion Dam in British Columbia.

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Hawaiian co-op expresses interest in small hydro, pumped-storage projects

07/09/2014

Power generated by a new Gay & Robinson Inc. small hydropower project on Lauai's Olokele Ditch will be purchased by the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, according to a tentative agreement from the co-op's board of directors.

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ASDSO awards two scholarships for dam safety work

07/09/2014

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has selected Jamie Bond and Emily Keck as the recipients of its 2014-15 Senior Undergraduate Scholarship.

Montgomery Locks and Dam

U.S. seeks firms to install gates at Montgomery Locks and Dam

07/08/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to install replacement gates at the Corps' Montgomery Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Beaver, Pa.

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MWH Global awarded contract for Sacramento River fish screen construction

07/07/2014

Consulting firm MWH Global has been awarded a US$5.15 million contract to provide construction management and engineering services by Reclamation District 2035 for its Joint Intake and Fish Screen Project.

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