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U.S. seeks firms to replace valve in fish pump system at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

03/06/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to replace a currently inaccessible 10-inch valve in the fish pump system of 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Wanapum Dam stabilizing after water levels drop

03/06/2014

Officials with the Grant County Public Utilities District report that a cracked area on a Wanapum Dam spillway are stabilizing as water levels behind the dam have dropped.

Pimley named interim commisioner of Reclamation

03/05/2014

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has appointed Lowell Pimley as the Bureau of Reclamation's acting commissioner.

U.S. seeks firms for bridge crane drive control upgrade at 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam

03/05/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to upgrade bridge crane VFD drive controls at 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam in Washington.

National Hydropower Association announces new leadership team

03/04/2014

The National Hydropower Association has announced its selected officers and advisory board members for 2014-15.

Corps awards contract for seepage barrier construction at Bolivar Dam

03/04/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$44.2 million contract to Treviicos South Inc. to construct a dam safety seepage barrier at Ohio's Bolivar Dam.

FERC sets workshop on reactive supply, frequency regulation and response

03/04/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a workshop to gather information on third-party provision of reactive supply and voltage control, and frequency regulation and response.

Drawdown under way after crack discovered in Wanapum Dam spillway

03/04/2014

A drawdown of water behind Washington's Wanapum Dam continued today as crews work on stabilizing a crack discovered on one of the dam's spillway sections, the Grant County Public Utilities District said.

U.S. extends bidding for new control structure at Saylorville Dam

03/03/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to construct a new diversion dam control structure at Saylorville Dam in Polk County, Iowa.

Senate confirms Connor as Interior's new deputy secretary

02/28/2014

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the appointment of Michael L. Connor as the next deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

California utility awards contract for small hydropower plant equipment

02/27/2014

Manufacturer ORENCO Hydropower has been selected to supply a 320 kW water-to-wire equipment package for the Lincoln Metering and Hydroelectric Station.

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.


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