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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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FERC refuses to extend PG&E permit to study up to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage

12/22/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a request by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to extend by two years the utility's second preliminary permit to study development of a 300- to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage project in California's Amador and Calaveras counties.

Effects of Increased Solar and Wind Energy on Hydro Plant Operation

12/19/2014

In many countries, needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have led to increased installation of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

Preventing Problems through Past Experience

12/19/2014

With the potential for disaster at hydropower projects around the world, the lack of organized training programs becomes a prominent consideration in how companies manage their assets.

Harnessing the Hydropower Potential of an Irrigation Network in Japan

12/19/2014

The addition of hydropower generating capacity to an irrigation network in northern Japan is one step closer to completion. Several sites have been identified for the installation of VLH turbines, with a total capacity of 1.433 MW.

Viewpoint: Making MHK Commercial Means Considering Commerce

12/19/2014

Attending the Ocean Energy Europe event in Paris recently the considerable presence of developers and manufacturers signalled a long-term transformation for the sector, which - for tidal stream in particular - is now emerging as a technological reality.

U.S. seeks spillway gate maintenance at 2,620-MW Chief Joseph Dam

12/19/2014

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

Senate confirms nomination of Honorable to FERC

12/19/2014

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Ayres Associates announces plans to purchase SAA Design Group

12/18/2014

Ayres Associates, an engineering and architecture firm that works in the hydroelectric power industry, has signed a letter of intent to purchase planning and design firm SAA Design Group.

Senate approval of two bills could benefit America's hydroelectric power sector

12/17/2014

Legislative movement in Congress this week could benefit the United States' hydroelectric power sector, with the Senate approving both a tax extenders bill and an omnibus appropriations bill.

Firms sought for biological services at U.S. hydro projects in Northwest

12/17/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to provide biological services and quality assurance for its juvenile fish transportation program at five hydroelectric projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers in the Pacific Northwest.

B.C. government approves 1,100-MW Site C hydropower project

12/17/2014

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has approved BC Hydro's plans for the 1,100-MW Site C hydropower plant, ending speculation that the provincial government might forego the project in lieu of other alternatives.

Smith named chief strategy officer for MWH Global

12/16/2014

David A. Smith is now chief strategy officer for MWH Global.

2015 National Hydropower Association Annual Conference program available online now

12/16/2014

The conference program for the 2015 National Hydropower Association Annual Conference is now available online, giving industry members a sneak peek of everything the three-day event has to offer.

U.S. seeks firms to replace governors at six Missouri River hydro projects

12/15/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to manufacture and supply up to 36 digital governors to six major hydroelectric projects on the Missouri River.

Canada utility seeks equipment inspection, breakers for 695-MW Keeyask hydro project

12/15/2014

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to provide inspection of equipment manufacturing and to supply generator circuit breakers for the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project being built on the Lower Nelson River in Manitoba.

Dollard appointed VP at small hydro developer Gravity Renewables

12/12/2014

Jonathan Dollard, P.E., is now vice president of engineering with Gravity Renewables, a developer of small hydro projects. 

Senate panel endorses nomination of Honorable to FERC

12/12/2014

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted Dec. 11 to endorse the nomination of Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

U.S. seeks firms for bank stabilization at 198.72-MW Folsom Dam

12/11/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to stabilize the right bank of the American River about 1,000 feet downstream from 198.72-MW Folsom Dam in California.

Voith Hydro posts increase in 2014

12/10/2014

Global technology group Voith GmbH has reported an overall increase in its volume orders through its 2013-14 fiscal year, highlighted in part by a strong performance by its hydroelectric power arm.

American Governor wins industry honor from SmartCEO

12/10/2014

Hydroelectric power technology manufacturer American Governor Co. has been honored by SmartCEO magazine as the recipient of its 2014 Circle of Excellence Award in Manufacturing.

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