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U.S. aid agency again extends call for worldwide engineering work including hydropower

10/15/2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) again extended a call for information on small businesses able to provide design, construction supervision and other services for worldwide USAID projects including water resources work and hydroelectric dams.

U.S. seeks endangered species monitoring at American River hydro projects

10/14/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to perform spawning and stranding surveys of endangered steelhead affected by hydroelectric projects on the lower American River in California.

Corps officials witness model testing of new units for 135-MW Center Hill hydro project

10/14/2014

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials found a Voith Hydro scale model turbine met or exceeded their requirements for replacement hydropower turbines at 135-MW Center Hill Dam in Tennessee.

Canada utility seeks replacement of intake gate hoist at 33-MW Clowhom hydro project

10/13/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to replace an intake maintenance gate hoist at the 33-MW Clowhom hydroelectric project on the Clowhom River on the lower mainland of British Columbia.

U.S. Government actively promoting, providing funding for development of 4,500-MW hydro project in Pakistan

10/13/2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged US$200 million toward development of the 4,500-MW Diamer Basha Dam hydroelectric project in Pakistan.

U.S. stimulus money helps upgrade 8.5-MW Station 2 hydro project in New York

10/13/2014

The federal government has awarded $2.8 million in stimulus money to Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. for improvements at RG&E's 8.5-MW Station 2 hydroelectric project on New York's Genesee River.

U.S. extends bidding for stator replacement at 600-MW Carters Dam

10/13/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to manufacture replacement stator components at Carters Pumped-Storage facility, part of the 600-MW Carters Dam hydroelectric project in Georgia.

Lessons Learned: Spurious SCADA

10/10/2014

George was annoyed. Almost every hydroelectric power project he had worked on over the past 20-odd years experienced problems with the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, always detected when the system was being commissioned.

NMFS Central Valley salmon recovery plan includes 76 FERC hydro projects

10/10/2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service has filed an endangered salmon and steelhead recovery plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that could affect 76 FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects in California's Central Valley watershed.

Increased study requirements, loss of DOE backing end Admiralty Inlet tidal pilot project

10/10/2014

Snohomish County Public Utility District announced it is abandoning plans to develop the 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Pilot tidal project in Washington's Puget Sound.

BC Hydro seeks engineering of dams, spillways, penstocks

10/10/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks proposals from engineering consulting firms to engineer water retention and conveyance structures over at least seven years for the hydropower utility.

Advances in Sealing Systems for Water Turbines

10/09/2014

How advanced sealing systems reduce operations and maintenance headaches

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Solar, wind gaining as drought continues to hamper California's hydroelectric power

10/09/2014

Ongoing drought conditions in California have caused its hydroelectric power production to plummet to 10% of the state's total generation, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

U.S. awards excitation system contract for 132-MW Amistad hydro project

10/09/2014

Seaboard Controls Inc. has received a contract to replace the excitation system of two 33-MW turbine-generators in the U.S. power plant at 132-MW Amistad Dam at Del Rio, Texas.

U.S. seeks renovation, operation, maintenance of 422-MW Hartwell hydro project

10/09/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, renovation and operation of 422-MW Hartwell Dam on Georgia's Savannah River.

Viewpoint: Editor's note on the growth in renewable capacity

10/08/2014

More than a fifth of the world's electrical power production now comes from renewable sources, and in 2013 renewables accounted for more than 56% of all net additions to global power capacity.

NHA seeks nominations for 2015 Henwood Award

10/07/2014

The National Hydropower Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.

U.S. seeks firms to supply intake gates, draft tube bulkheads for 2,160-MW John Day Dam

10/07/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to fabricate and supply intake gates and draft tube bulkheads for turbine maintenance at 2,160-MW John Day Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon.

U.S. awards hydro project funding to four Indian tribes

10/07/2014

The federal Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development has awarded $1.9 million to four Indian tribes for hydroelectric projects, including acquisition of 194-MW Kerr Dam in Montana.

U.S. seeks firms for bridge crane rehabilitation at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

10/06/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to carry out mechanical and structural rehabilitation of bridge cranes and a lifting beam at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

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