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Transitions in Hydro-Quebec’s leadership and vacancy at a key managerial position signal change for the hydropower giant

02/06/2015

Two of Hydro-Quebec’s top leadership positions and a high-profile managerial assignment will each change. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Thierry Vandal, Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs and Secretary General Marie-José Nadeau and Georges Abiad, project manager of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), are transitioning away from the Canadian government-owned utility. 

American Governor awarded contract for McNary hydropower plant equipment rehab

02/05/2015

American Governor Co. has been awarded a contract from Olsson Industrial Electric for rehabilitation work at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 980-MW McNary hydropower project.

U.S. seeks rewinds for 86.4-MW Blue Mesa, excitation for three hydro projects

02/05/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to rewind two generators at the 86.4-MW Blue Mesa hydropower plant and to supply excitation systems for Blue Mesa and two other hydro plants in the 1,747.184-MW Colorado River Storage Project.

U.S. seeks governor installation at 810-MW Little Goose hydro project

02/05/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to install new digital governors at the 810-MW Little Goose hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Washington.

Corps' Huntington District awards contract for dam safety, engineering work

02/04/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$10 million contract to URS Group Inc. and Stantec Tetra Tech JV for a number of dam-related projects within the continental United States.

Canada utility extends call for circuit breakers at 695-MW Keeyask hydro project

02/04/2015

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has extended the deadline for bids to supply generator circuit breakers for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project being built on the Lower Nelson River in Manitoba.

U.S. again extends call for spillway gate maintenance at 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam

02/03/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again extended the deadline for bids to perform spillway gate lifecycle maintenance at 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in Washington.

Full appeals court won't take up dispute over Alabama Power hydro relicensing

02/03/2015

On purely technical grounds, without ruling on the heart of the appeal, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit has rejected an appeal by a local association to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to extend the license for an Alabama Power hydroelectric plant.

U.S. seeks fish passage design for Washington's Mud Mountain Dam

02/02/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to develop plans and specifications for construction of fish passage at the Corps' Mud Mountain Dam, a flood control structure on Washington's White River.

ASDSO recognizes Paul Schweiger for commitment to dam safety

02/02/2015

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials has recognized Paul G. Schweiger as the recipient of the 2015 ASDSO President's Award.

Marine energy symposium accepting asbtracts

Submit abstracts by Feb. 13 for Marine Energy Technology Symposium

01/30/2015

There is still time to submit an abstract for presentation during the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS). 

U.S. seeks hydrographic surveying, mapping in Northwest

01/30/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to perform hydrographic surveying and mapping services in the Corps' Northwestern Division.

RG&E receives Treasury Department grant for Station 5 hydropower plant upgrades

01/30/2015

A grant from the U.S. Treasury Department will help Rochester Gas & Electric make efficiency improvements at the company's 46-MW Station 5 hydropower plant on New York's Genesee River.

U.S. extends bidding for station service replacement at 36-MW Kortes hydro project

01/29/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline for bids to perform station service equipment replacement at the 36-MW Kortes hydroelectric plant in Wyoming.

Rehabilitation on high-hazard 3.3-MW Brainerd hydroelectric facility dam apron raises concerns

01/29/2015

Concern with regard to repair of the dam’s concrete spillway apron was raised in a public forum at the Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Commission meeting held Jan. 27.

U.S. revises, again extends switchyard upgrade tender for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

01/28/2015

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

FERC updates hydroelectric project land use fees for 2015

01/28/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the 2015 annual update to its fee schedule for occupation of federal lands by FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects.

U.S. seeks turbine cavitation repair at 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam

01/27/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for turbine cavitation repair at the 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam hydroelectric project in northeast Missouri.

TVA hires Quirk as general counsel

Hydro project operator TVA adds Quirk as executive vice president, general counsel

01/27/2015

Sherry Quirk has been named executive vice president and general counsel for hydro project operator Tennessee Valley Authority.

Canada utility extends call for crane, hoist services at B.C. hydropower projects

01/26/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to perform services to cranes and hoists at hydroelectric projects throughout the utility's system in British Columbia.

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