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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.

Bearings manufacturer Kingsbury breaks ground on new plant in California

01/13/2014

Turbine bearings manufacturer Kingsbury Inc. has broken ground on a new 33,000-square-foot repair and service facility in Yuba City, Calif., the Philadelphia-based company announced today.

Minnesota county seeks efficiency study of 2.2-MW Byllesby small hydro project

01/13/2014

Dakota County, Minn., seeks proposals from engineers or manufacturers to evaluate ways to increase the generating efficiency of the 2.2-MW Byllesby Dam hydroelectric project on Minnesota's Cannon River.

Corps awards architect-engineer contract for Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

01/13/2014

Tetra Tech/Pond & Co. has won a US$9.5 million contract for architect-engineer services for a range of military and civil works projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

Reclamation reduces releases from Nimbus Dam during dry spell

01/10/2014

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced its plan to reduce flows in the lower American River in order to protect steelhead that will be spawning in January and February.

Former BPA administrator joins Mid-West Electric Consumers Association

01/10/2014

Former Bonneville Power Administration head Bill Drummond will take over as deputy executive director for the Colorado-based utility Mid-West Electric Consumers Association, effective March 1.

U.S. Reclamation seeks to refurbish another jet valve at 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam

01/10/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for refurbishment of another 72-inch hollow jet valve at 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam in Idaho.

Study confirms potential for hydroelectric power in Ontario's north

01/10/2014

A study announced earlier this week by the Ontario Waterpower Association confirms the potential for hydroelectric power development in the province's northern region.

Corps awards stoplog contract for McNary hydropower plant rehab project

01/09/2014

Transco Industries Inc. has won a US$687,559 contract to supply spare draft tube stoplogs for the 980-MW McNary hydropower project on the Columbia River.


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