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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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Wanapum, Priest Rapids rehab projects contribute to Grant PUD rate increase

11/17/2014

Ongoing repairs and upgrades to the Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams will translate to slightly higher rates for ratepayers, according to the Grant County Public Utilities District.

IHA calls for candidates for Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower

11/17/2014

The International Hydropower Association is now accepting proposals for candidates for its 2015 Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower.

Minnesota's 71-MW Thomson hydropower plant back on line after two-year rehab

11/14/2014

Minnesota Power's 71-MW Thomson hydropower plant is generating energy for the first time since being knocked out of service by record flooding more than two years ago.

U.S. seeks work on hydro, dams, other sites in Southeast

11/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for construction, rehabilitation and other work at hydroelectric projects, dams, and other facilities in its South Atlantic Division.

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

11/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for 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.

First Nations groups file suit to halt B.C.'s 1,100-MW Site C hydropower project

11/14/2014

A group of four First Nations groups have filed a lawsuit against the controversial 1,100-MW Site C hydropower project, proposed for construction on the Peace River in British Columbia.

FERC staff endorses hydro project relicensings in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Maine

11/13/2014

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued environmental assessments endorsing the relicensing of the 451.8-MW Kinzua Pumped-Storage project in Pennsylvania, the 260-MW Salina Pumped-Storage project in Oklahoma and two water storage projects in Maine.

New York allocations to create new hydroelectric power

11/13/2014

A US$206 million initiative announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will help diversify the state's renewable energy portfolio by helping fund the construction of two hydropower projects.

New Mexico county seeks generator rewind for 8-MW El Vado hydro project

11/12/2014

Los Alamos County invites applications for pre-qualification for a hydroelectric generator rewind project at the 8-MW El Vado hydro project on Rio Chama in New Mexico.

Gravity Renewables to supply hydroelectric power to New York under remote net metering agreement

11/12/2014

Gravity Renewables will provide 10 million kWh per year in small hydroelectric power through a partnership with the Municipal Gas and Electric Alliance (MEGA), the Colorado-based energy developer and operator announced earlier this month.

Corps seeks firms for planning, design of civil construction works

11/11/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small firms able to perform planning and design for civil construction works in the Corps' Mobile District.

Higher rates could help pay for hydropower project upgrades, rehab in Newfoundland and Labrador

11/11/2014

Provincial energy corporation Nalcor Energy has filed an amended General Rate Application (GRA) via its subsidiary, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, that could increase the province's electricity rates to help pay for modernization and upgrade programs.

Canada utility seeks crane bus bar for 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydro project

11/11/2014

Canada utility Nalcor Energy seeks bids to supply a replacement bus bar for the east powerhouse crane at the 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydroelectric project on the Churchill River in Newfoundland and Labrador Province.

U.S. seeks turbine refurbishment at 28.5-MW Minidoka hydro project

11/10/2014

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to overhaul two hydropower turbines at the Allen E. Inman power plant of the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Idaho.

NYPA gets hydro equipment delivery for Blenheim-Gilboa, announces upgraded credit rating

11/07/2014

Two generator step-up transformers for New York Power Authority’s 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project reached the plant after the last leg of their journey from where they were manufactured overseas, the authority reports.

Manitoba

Occupation to end at 135-MW Jenpeg Dam hydro project in Manitoba, Canada

11/07/2014

Hundreds of protesters from Cross Lake, a community of some 5,000 Cree Indians (Cross Lake First Nation) in northern Manitoba, Canada, are poised to end their three-week occupation of the 135-MW Jenpeg Dam Generating Station on Nov. 7.  

U.S. seeks firms for turbine linkage upgrades at 810-MW Lower Granite hydro project

11/07/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to replace internal turbine hub linkage components at the 810-MW Lower Granite Dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Washington.

NHA invites hydropower plants owners, operators to nominate projects for recognition

11/07/2014

The National Hydropower Association is now accepting applications for the Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters (OSAW) awards program.

Two federal agencies announce plans to address climate change

11/07/2014

Two government agencies recently released plans to deal with climate change, which could affect hydroelectric facilities in the U.S.

U.S. renews switchyard upgrade bidding for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

11/07/2014

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

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