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PG&E president to retire

President of hydro plant owner PG&E plans to retire by end of year


Christopher P. Johns, president of hydro plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric Company, notified the company this week of his intention to retire at the end of 2015.

U.S. extends call for turbine linkage upgrades at 810-MW Lower Granite hydro project


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

Alstom wins contract for 28.5-MW Minidoka hydropower plant turbine overhaul


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Alstom Power Inc. to overhaul two turbines at the Allen E. Inman power plant at the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydroelectric plant.

U.S. House, Senate entertain marine and hydrokinetic bills


Two pieces of legislation introduced to Congress could help develop America's marine and hydrokinetic sector.

U.S. seeks dam safety construction at Addicks, Barker dams in Texas


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a site visit and a pre-bid conference on proposed dam safety construction at Addicks and Barker dams, which protect the Houston area from flooding. 

FERC receives license application for 5-MW Kentucky River L&D 11 hydro project


A unit of hydro developer Free Flow Power filed a hydropower license application in April with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the 5-MW Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11 hydroelectric project in Kentucky.

Romaine hydro project under construction

Hydro-Quebec posts net $1.8 billion in profit for first quarter 2015


Canadian provincial utility Hydro-Quebec reports its net profit was nearly $1.8 billion for the first quarter of 2015.

U.S. seeks fishway temperature improvements at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for construction of structures to provide fishway temperature improvements at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington. 

Bastrop dam fails in Texas

Dam failure in Texas result of significant flooding in south central U.S.


A small dam in Bastrop State Park in Texas failed May 25 as a result of floodwaters in the area.

U.S. again extends station service bidding for 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation again extended the deadline for bids to replace a station service substation and related equipment at the 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam hydro project in Idaho. 

Vandals damage 3.3-MW Sanford small hydroelectric project on Tittabawassee River


Power generation ceased as divers removed debris thrown into waters immediately astern of penstocks at the 3.3-MW Sanford hydroelectric project (Sanford) earlier this week. Around 2:50 a.m. on May 18, vandals caused damage at the facility located operated by Boyce Hydro Power, LLC, located on the Tittabawassee River in Midland County, Mich. 

McNary Dam

U.S. seeks 128 generator brake pad replacements for 980-MW McNary Dam hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply 128 generator brake pads for the 14 main turbine-generators at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon.

Hydro foundation announces researchers

Hydro Research Foundation announces 2015 class of researchers


The Hydro Research Foundation has released its list of researchers for 2015.

Wedding worries of a hydro F-i-L


May 16, was the blessed day my son, Griffith, married his sweetheart, Brooke. Not only did I gain a daughter-in-law, my son’s bride gained a link to hydro -- well, so to speak. 


FERC proposes new start date for hydro license annual charges


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes new rules that would change the start date for assessment of annual charges on private hydropower licensees to two years from the date of license issuance.

Trinity Hydropower Project

U.S. seeks intake refurbishment, extends call for generator rewinds at 140-MW Trinity hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for intake mechanical equipment refurbishing and gate shaft refurbishing at the 140-MW Trinity hydroelectric project on the Trinity River in California.

Dam Safety & Security


Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures

R&D Forum


Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the marine hydrokinetics industry in North America for May 2015

Canadian Spotlight


The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

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