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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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Latest North America News

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.

FERC issues proposed rules to protect grid from geomagnetic disturbances

01/21/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued proposed reliability standards intended to mitigate effects of geomagnetic disturbances on the nation's bulk electricity system.

U.S. sets another new bid date for turbine runner replacement at 80-MW Denison Dam

01/20/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers further extended the deadline for bids to replace two turbine runners at the 80-MW Denison Dam hydroelectric project in Texas.

Lignum Vitae installs new bearing at Alabama's Neely Henry hydropower plant

01/20/2014

Lignum Vitae North America LLA has supplied a new water-lubricated main guide bearing for the 72.9-MW Neely Henry hydropower project in Alabama.

FERC staff reports on initial work to implement Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

01/17/2014

In a report on implementing new hydropower legislation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff reports a handful of small project operators already have taken steps to leave FERC jurisdiction or to extend terms of their preliminary permits.

Droughts worrisome for California hydroelectric power operators

01/17/2014

The effects of California's continuing drought are being felt by the state's utilities -- many of which obtain at least a portion of their supply from hydroelectric power sources.

Corps seeks firms for geotechnical services in east-central U.S.

01/16/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on architect-engineer firms able to provide geotechnical services for civil work and military projects in its five-state Louisville District.

Hydro Research Foundation accepting nominations for graduate-level scholarship program

01/16/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy's Golden Field Office has sponsored a grant to the Hydro Research Foundation for establishing and presenting the Hydro Research Awards Program to graduate-level students.

Hydroplus wins contracts for two dam projects

01/16/2014

Fusegate system developer Hydroplus Inc. has been awarded a pair of contracts for work on two Pennsylvania dams.

FERC final EIS backs relicensing 82.3-MW Toledo Bend hydro project

01/15/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 81-MW Toledo Bend hydroelectric project on the Sabine River including a 1.3-MW expansion unit for total installed capacity of 82.3 MW.

U.S. seeks firms for sturgeon studies, hatchery work on Missouri River

01/15/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform studies and hatchery work aimed at propagation of endangered pallid sturgeon on the Missouri River.

U.S. seeks gantry crane refurbishment at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam

01/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to refurbish a 35-ton tailrace gantry crane at 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

So, hydroelectric power isn't renewable...?

01/14/2014

I was already in a fairly poor mood while watching the Oklahoma City Thunder get dismantled by Denver earlier this month, but the new ExxonMobil ad campaign featured during almost every commercial break did little to help the situation.


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