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U.S. extends bidding for switchyard upgrades at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam


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

U.S. seeks wiring replacement at Nebraska's Harlan County Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again seeks bids to replace electrical wiring at Harlan County Dam in Nebraska, this time opening bidding to all firms.

Innergex, First Nations to develop six British Columbia small hydro projects


Hydro developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has signed an agreement with the In-SHUCK-ch Nation to develop six run-of-river hydroelectric projects totaling 150 MW in British Columbia.

FERC draft EIS backs relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

PacifiCorp to draw down hydropower reservoirs to ease Interior water shortage


In response to drought in the U.S. West, utility PacifiCorp has agreed to release flows from its hydroelectric project reservoirs on the Klamath River as needed to aid the Bureau of Reclamation's responsibilities for endangered fish, tribal obligations and irrigation downstream.

Corps seeks firms for emergency hydro turbine-generator, pump rehab work


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform emergency inspection, rehabilitation and replacement of hydroelectric turbines, generators, and pump motors in Corps facilities throughout the continental United States.

Stover launches renewable energy consulting practice


Mark R. Stover, former vice president of corporate affairs with Hydro Green Energy, has left the company and opened a renewable energy consulting practice.

Fraunhofer model to help BPA fine-tune 22,000-MW Columbia Basin hydro operations


Fraunhofer Institute of Germany said it has created a simulation and optimization model to help Bonneville Power Administration fine-tune operations of the 22,000-MW Columbia River hydropower system in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

U.S. seeks firms for turbine upgrade at 2,160-MW John Day hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to upgrade Kaplan turbines and possibly pin runner blades at 2,160-MW John Day Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon.

Canada utility again extends bidding for gates installation at 47-MW Ladore hydro project


Canadian utility BC Hydro again extended the deadline for bids to install replacement intake gates at the 47-MW Ladore hydroelectric project on the Campbell River in British Columbia.

Biomark wins contract to supply PIT tags for U.S. Northwest fish passage studies


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1.3 million contract to Biomark Inc. of Boise, Idaho, to supply more than 1 million passive integrated transponder tags for fish passage monitoring in the Columbia River Basin.

Construction begins on Iowa's 36.4-MW Red Rock hydropower plant


The closure of the north tailwater area near Iowa's Red Rock Dam earlier signaled the beginning of construction on a 36.4 MW hydroelectric plant, Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) said earlier this week.

HydroVision International 2014 Attendee Choice Awards announced


The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazines announced the HydroVision International 2014 Attendee Choice Award recipients during the recent event's closing luncheon.

U.S.: Non-hydro renewables generation on track to exceed hydro generation


The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports April was the eighth consecutive month in which total monthly non-hydropower renewables generation exceeded monthly hydropower generation in the United States.

Commissioner Norris announces resignation from FERC


Commissioner John Norris announced his resignation Aug. 7 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take a post with the U.S. Agriculture Department in Italy.

Seven New York hydro plants offered in bankruptcy sale


Seven hydroelectric plants in upstate New York, totaling 9.706 MW, are to be sold at auction in a bankruptcy sale of Trafalgar Power Inc. and Christine Falls of New York Inc.

Best Technical Papers awards presented at HydroVision International 2014


At the awards and luncheon closing finale for HydroVision International 2014 in Nashville the week of July 21, the winners of the Best Technical Papers awards were announced by Hydro Review Managing Editor Elizabeth Ingram.

Les Cedres, Stevens Creek hydropower projects join Hydro Hall of Fame


Two additional plants were added to the Hydro Hall of Fame at this year’s HydroVision International closing awards luncheon and finale in Nashville, Tenn.

FERC OKs two-year licensing pilot project for Kentucky hydro project


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a pilot project to test a two-year hydropower licensing process for non-powered existing dams and closed-loop pumped-storage projects.

Let's give hydropower a boost


It was with mixed feelings that I read the recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicating that, in April, annual non-hydro renewable generation in this country surpassed annual hydropower generation for the eighth month in a row.

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