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Water ruminations from a hydro mindset

03/27/2015

Is water, the fuel that powers hydroelectric generation, really free? 

NHA Annual Conference

NHA adds Rep. Tonko, White House adviser Dorgelo to annual conference keynote

03/27/2015

The National Hydropower Association is pleased to announce the addition of Congressman Paul Tonko and White House adviser Cristin Dorgelo as speakers during the upcoming NHA Annual Conference, making the event's opening plenary session a can't-miss opportunity.

Summersville Dam

U.S. issues new call for fixed cone valve for West Virginia's Summersville Dam

03/26/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a new call for bids to supply a fixed cone valve to Summersville Dam on the Gauley River in West Virginia. 

Hydropower flow control company Rodney Hunt

Rodney Hunt celebrates 175 years of hydropower flow control

03/26/2015

Rodney Hunt is celebrating 175 years of providing flow control systems for hydropower, dams and wastewater.

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DOE, Army, Interior extend partnership for hydroelectric power development

03/25/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works have announced that the trio will extend their partnership to advance hydroelectric power development for an additional five years, extending an agreement that stems to March 2010.

Salmon study results

2014 record year for Columbia River salmon, concerns raised

03/25/2015

Salmon returns in the Columbia River, counted at Bonneville Dam, were the largest in 2014 than in any year since 1938, when fish counting began at the site, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Dworshak Hydropower Project

U.S. seeks oil filtration, circuit breakers for 402-MW Dworshak hydro project

03/25/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply oil filtration systems and circuit breakers for the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

Proof for investors: Top 25 performing utilities include companies with hydroelectric facilities

03/25/2015

In 2013, according to published reports, a record US$36.6 billion in green bonds was issued as investors worldwide increasingly added utilities to their portfolios, utilities that also operate hydroelectric plants. Information released by SNL Financial indicates power and diversified utilities, some of which operate hydropower projects, rank amongst the top 25 most profitable companies that have utility operations by recurring earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) margin for 2014. 

U.S. further extends impeller replacement, stator rewind bidding at 314-MW Keys Pump-Generating hydro plant

03/24/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation further extended the deadline for bids to supply impeller replacements and stator rewinds at the 314-MW John W. Keys III Pump-Generating plant at Grand Coulee Dam.

Lower Monumental Dam

U.S. seeks bids for rewind, cavitation repair at 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam

03/24/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for generator rewinds and turbine cavitation repairs at 810-MW Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Jennifer Hill FERC

Hill appointed to direct FERC Division of Hydropower Administration, Compliance

03/23/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has named Jennifer Hill director of the Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance in FERC's Office of Energy Projects.

After C$505,000 in repairs, 7.4-MW Snare Falls hydroelectric plant is operational

03/23/2015

Electricity to supply communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories is again being generated as of March 18, after Northwest Territories Power Corp. (NTPC) spent an estimated C$505,000 to complete repairs of the upper and lower bearings in the Kaplan turbine at its 7.4-MW Snare Falls hydroelectric plant.  

Gannett Fleming promotes dam, hydro experts

Dam infrastructure firm Gannett Fleming announces several promotions

03/23/2015

Gannett Fleming, a firm that provides dam infrastructure and hydro expertise, has recently announced several job promotions and changes.

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Climate change impacts on hydropower

03/23/2015

A four-year drought, the worst since records began, has had a dramatic effect on California’s power system and specifically on its portfolio of major hydropower projects. Indeed, such is the scale of the drought that a lack of water is preventing hydropower plants from running at anything like full capacity. The effective result of the drought has been to roughly half the hydropower capacity available within the state over a period of a few years.

 

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HydroVision International 2015 early bird discounts available now

03/23/2015

HydroVision International 2015 is still more than three months away, but it isn't too soon to save on registrations for the world's largest hydroelectric power event.

Canada utility seeks air coolers for 804-MW Seven Mile hydro project

03/20/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to supply eight surface air coolers for the 804-MW Seven Mile hydroelectric project on the Pend d'Oreille River in British Columbia. 

Nine hydro plants up for sale

Nine U.S. hydropower plants to be sold by Eversource Energy

03/20/2015

Eversource Energy is selling nine hydropower plants as part of an agreement reached with key state officials on March 12.

Bidding for site preparation at BC Hydro's 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project extended again

03/20/2015

Bidding was extended again by Canadian utility BC Hydro to perform site preparation on the north bank of the Peace River for the proposed 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia. 

Wanapum Dam

Grant PUD begins final refilling of Wanapum Dam reservoir

03/20/2015

Repairs to the Wanapum complex in Washington have reached a significant milestone as owner Grant County Public Utilities District has begin refilling the reservoir behind Wanapum Dam to its full capacity.

Snake and Columbia Rivers

Blue Leaf wins contract for environmental services at five USACE hydropower projects

03/19/2015

Blue Leaf Environmental Inc. has won a US$580,176 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide biological services and juvenile fish transportation at five hydropower plants on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

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