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U.S. seeks testing of station service, control system batteries at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam

02/27/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform load testing of station service and power plant control system batteries at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River.

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

02/27/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$9.5 million contract to a Jacobs/Stantec joint venture for a range of military and civil works projects in its Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

Developer files FERC application for pumped-storage/solar power project

02/26/2014

Green Energy Storage Corp. applied Feb. 24 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the proposed Sacaton Pumped-Storage Project in Arizona, which would include both hydroelectric and solar power elements.

U.S. seeks stone processing, testing for Isabella Dam

02/26/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform stone processing and aggregate testing at the site of Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

Corps issues contract for monolith repairs at John Day hydropower plant

02/26/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth US$564,000 to Emagineered Solutions Inc. for drilling and grouting services at the 2,160-MW John Day hydropower plant in Oregon.

U.S. seeks consultants to help boost hydro investment in Georgia republic

02/26/2014

The United States Agency for International Development seeks proposals from firms to help implement laws and regulations in the republic of Georgia governing water resources, facilitating investment in hydropower development and promoting energy trading between Georgia and neighboring countries.

FERC again rejects licensee attempt to avoid jurisdiction as small conduit hydro

02/25/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a rehearing request by the licensee of the 400-kW Brighton hydroelectric project, saying Brighton could not escape FERC jurisdiction as a small conduit project because it uses an 80-foot-tall, 995-foot-long dam.

Commercial operation begins at 17.5-MW Northwest Stave River hydropower plant

02/25/2014

Commercial operation has begun at Innergex Energy Inc.'s 17.5-MW Northwest Stave River hydropower plant, the Canadian power producer said.

Canada utility seeks air coolers for 67.5-MW Strathcona hydro project

02/25/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to supply 16 air coolers for the 67.5-MW Strathcona hydroelectric project on the Campbell River in British Columbia.

Hydroelectric power key in Manitoba Hydro, Great River Energy memorandum

02/25/2014

A recently signed memorandum of understanding will investigate the sale of up to 600 MW of electricity from Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro to American power cooperative Great River Energy.

U.S. seeks firms to repair fish pump at 980-MW McNary Dam

02/24/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms capable of repairing Fishpump 2 at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

U.S. extends bidding for hydro turbine guide bearings at 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam

02/24/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to supply hydro turbine guide bearings for the First Powerhouse of 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam in Oregon and Washington.

U.S. extends bidding for relays, switchboards for 90-MW Norfork, 340-MW Bull Shoals hydro projects

02/24/2014

The Southwestern Power Administration has extended the deadline for bids to replace protective relay and control switchboard panels at two substations and at 90-MW Norfork and 340-MW Bull Shoals hydropower projects in Arkansas.

FERC clarifies ancillary service sales, reporting rules

02/21/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued clarifications Feb. 20 to its final rules to bring greater competition and transparency to markets for ancillary services to the transmission grid.

U.S. seeks drilling for inclinometers in landslide area of 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam

02/21/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform drilling to replace inclinometers monitoring what the Corps called a "massive landslide" on the left bank of 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington.

Corps seeks firms for work on hydro, dams, other sites in Southeast

02/20/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform construction, rehabilitation and other work at hydroelectric projects, dams, and other facilities in its Savannah District.

FERC grants new permit for 240-MW Alaska tidal energy project

02/19/2014

On Feb. 12, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a successive preliminary permit for Turnagain Arm Tidal Energy Corp. for a tidal energy project in Alaska.

U.S. seeks firms to refurbish, paint tainter gates at 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam

02/19/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to refurbish and paint tainter gates at 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam on Arkansas' White River.

Hydroelectric power legislation moves to Washington's House

02/19/2014

The Washington State Senate has passed a bill that would allow utility companies to designate incremental hydroelectric power as "renewable".

LIHI awards low-impact certification to 8-MW Milford hydropower plant

02/18/2014

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute's governing board awarded low-impact certification status to the 8-MW Milford hydropower project.


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