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BC Hydro seeks turbine inlet valves for 158-MW Cheakamus hydro project


Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to supply replacement turbine inlet valves for the 158-MW Cheakamus hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

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Fish passage plans finalized for Cle Elum Dam


A $100 million fish passage package is being installed at Cle Elum Dam on the Cle Elum River in Washington, and this was commemorated through a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 27.

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Hydro dam role in water management


The significance of dams in regulating water flows has been highlighted by two recent developments – events that are taking place almost the world apart.

Nalcor selects preferred contractor for 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project


Nalcor Energy has selected firm Barnard-Pennecon JV Ltd. as the preferred contractor for the construction of the north and south dams at the 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydropower project.

FERC OKs rename of Alaska hydro project for tribal community


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a licensee request to change the name of the 5-MW Reynolds Creek hydropower project to the Hiilangaay project, reflecting the wishes of the local tribal community in Alaska.

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Manitoba Hydro reports $60 million drop in net income for 2014-2015


Canadian provincial utility Manitoba Hydro reported consolidated net income of $114 million for the fiscal year ended March 30, 2015, down $60 million from last year.

U.S. seeks generator step-up transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply 19 transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

ORPC Ireland receives funding for marine hydrokinetic feasibility study


The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is funding the Ireland division of U.S.-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal. 

FFP New Hydro closes loan facility for 21 hydropower projects


FFP New Hydro LLC has closed a senior loan facility through Crestline Investors Inc. to develop a portfolio of 21 run-of-river hydropower plants across a five-state area.

Teledyne BlueView, EIVA release underwater imaging software


Underwater imaging technology manufacturer Teledyne BlueView and engineering company EIVA have released a new scanning system designed to quickly assess underwater surfaces.

U.S. extends bidding for HVAC upgrades at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to replace HVAC equipment at the 810-MW Lower Granite Dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River in Washington.

Eagle Creek expands small hydro portfolio with construction, acquisition


Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC has broken ground on a pair of small hydropower projects Vermont and acquired another in New Hampshire, the New Jersey-based company has announced.

Alaskan 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project to reduce diesel dependence


According to Alaska’s Energy Authority, Inside Passage Electric Cooperative Inc. (IPEC) is constructing a US$8.2 million run-of-river 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project in Hoonah, Alaska that could reduce fossil fuel usage. 

Manitoba Hydro extends call for stator, coil removals at Canada's 1,220-MW Kettle hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has extended the deadline for bids to remove and dispose of stators and coils from three generating units of the 1,220-MW Kettle hydroelectric project on Manitoba's Nelson River.

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NSF/ANSI61 certification awarded to bearing supplier Lignum Vitae North America


Bearing supplier Lignum Vitae North America has announces its water- and self-lubricated bearings have achieved NSH/ANSI61: Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects certification.

Redesigned Video Gallery


Hydropower news and information, and interesting promotional announcements are now available in a convenient, redesigned location: the Video Gallery. 

U.S. sets site visit for installation of new-design turbines at 603-MW Ice Harbor hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a site visit for a pending solicitation for installation of new-design turbine runners and generator rewinds at the 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam hydroelectric project.

Speaking out for hydro


In January, a columnist with Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper wrote an opinion editorial entitled “Big Hydro’s big days are behind it.”

Canada invests C$115,000 for virtual tidal energy atlas


Earlier this month, the government of Canada announced an investment of C$65,000, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), in support of an online tidal energy atlas. This platform gathers physical, environmental and infrastructure data from tidal sites along the Bay of Fundy and makes this information accessible online. 

FERC denies permit extension; Collinsville license transfer request pending


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by Canton, Conn., to extend the city's second preliminary permit for two Connecticut hydro sites.

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