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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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Khani takes position with Miller Hydro Group

08/19/2014

David Khani, formerly principal engineer/project manager with Processes Unlimited International (now Stantec) is now president and chief regulatory officer with Miller Hydro Group.

U.S. seeks gate installation, fabrication at Montgomery Locks and Dam

08/19/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids from firms to install replacement gates, and to fabricate the gates, at the Corps' Montgomery Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Beaver, Pa.

U.S. seeks transformer, electrical upgrades at 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam

08/18/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform transformer and electrical equipment upgrades at the first and second powerhouses of 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam in Oregon and Washington.

Water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead to increase, USBR says

08/18/2014

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase its water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead in Water Year 2015, following the recent completion of its monthly operational study.

Karen Studarus: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

08/18/2014

This is the second in a series of profiles provided by the Hydro Researdh Foundation that highlight potential future members of the hydroelectric power industry.

The blog in which I make a lengthy metaphor about the current state of the Hydro Group

08/17/2014

I found myself feeling more than a bit sentimental earlier this week when, upon sending an email to a coworker, I received an out-of-office reply saying, "I will be unable to answer messages today as I am helping move my daughter to college."

U.S. extends call for rapid-response work on dams, infrastructure in eastern states

08/15/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to perform rapid-response services to repair and rehabilitate dams, reservoirs, and flood and hurricane protection projects in the eastern United States.

U.S. again extends bidding for fish passage overhaul at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

08/15/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again extended the deadline for bids to perform major construction to upgrade the juvenile fish passage facility at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

Arizona contractor to tune power stabilizers, exciters at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam

08/15/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to William Koronka of Phoenix, Ariz., to perform tuning of power system stabilizers and exciters at 132.3-MW Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River.

Corps provides guidance on Section 408 approval process

08/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued an Engineering Circular that provides guidance on how it will process requests from non-Corps entities to alter USACE-owned civil works projects.

U.S. extends bidding for switchyard upgrades at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

08/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to upgrade the switchyard at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

U.S. seeks wiring replacement at Nebraska's Harlan County Dam

08/14/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again seeks bids to replace electrical wiring at Harlan County Dam in Nebraska, this time opening bidding to all firms.

Innergex, First Nations to develop six British Columbia small hydro projects

08/14/2014

Hydro developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has signed an agreement with the In-SHUCK-ch Nation to develop six run-of-river hydroelectric projects totaling 150 MW in British Columbia.

FERC draft EIS backs relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects

08/13/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

PacifiCorp to draw down hydropower reservoirs to ease Interior water shortage

08/13/2014

In response to drought in the U.S. West, utility PacifiCorp has agreed to release flows from its hydroelectric project reservoirs on the Klamath River as needed to aid the Bureau of Reclamation's responsibilities for endangered fish, tribal obligations and irrigation downstream.

Corps seeks firms for emergency hydro turbine-generator, pump rehab work

08/13/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform emergency inspection, rehabilitation and replacement of hydroelectric turbines, generators, and pump motors in Corps facilities throughout the continental United States.

Stover launches renewable energy consulting practice

08/12/2014

Mark R. Stover, former vice president of corporate affairs with Hydro Green Energy, has left the company and opened a renewable energy consulting practice.

Fraunhofer model to help BPA fine-tune 22,000-MW Columbia Basin hydro operations

08/12/2014

Fraunhofer Institute of Germany said it has created a simulation and optimization model to help Bonneville Power Administration fine-tune operations of the 22,000-MW Columbia River hydropower system in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

U.S. seeks firms for turbine upgrade at 2,160-MW John Day hydro project

08/12/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to upgrade Kaplan turbines and possibly pin runner blades at 2,160-MW John Day Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon.

Canada utility again extends bidding for gates installation at 47-MW Ladore hydro project

08/12/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro again extended the deadline for bids to install replacement intake gates at the 47-MW Ladore hydroelectric project on the Campbell River in British Columbia.


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