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Latest North America News

HydroVision International 2015 keynote speakers announced

04/17/2015

The organizers of HydroVision International 2015 are pleased to announce three keynote speakers confirmed for the opening session of the upcoming conference and exhibition.

EPRI names board chair

Quinones elected chair of Electric Power Research Institute

04/17/2015

Gil C. Quinones has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute.

CDA forms working group

Canadian Dam Association forms working group to address dam design and construction

04/16/2015

The Canadian Dam Association has created a Working Group on Design and Construction to address the issues of design and construction of dams and how the subject is covered by the current Dam Safety Guidelines and associated Technical Bulletins.

U.S. seeks OS&Y valves for piping system at 980-MW McNary Dam

04/16/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply 10 valves for the piping system at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

Racine Locks and Dam hit by barge

Barge strikes lock structure at Racine Locks and Dam, with 48-MW hydro plant

04/16/2015

A riverboat towing eight barges loaded with coal struck the entrance to the lock at the Racine Locks and Dam, on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia, last Saturday.

Commissioner Bay assumes FERC chairmanship

04/16/2015

Commissioner Norman C. Bay became chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission April 15 under terms of a compromise that had ensured Senate confirmation of his nomination to the commission last year.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife seeks dam safety program support

04/15/2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks proposals to provide technical support to its dam safety program covering more than 300 FWS dams.

CHA partnership with Canadian society

CHA partnership with Royal Canadian Geographical Society to be detailed at Forum on Hydropower

04/15/2015

The Canadian Hydropower Association is partnering with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the exact details of this partnership will be announced on May 14, 2015, at the CHA Forum on Hydropower.

Dam Safety and Security

04/15/2015

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

R&D Forum

04/15/2015

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Marine Hydrokinetics

04/15/2015

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

Canadian Spotlight

04/15/2015

The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

Tech Briefs

04/15/2015

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Yahoo, Google speak at NHA conference

NHA brings Microsoft, Yahoo into the hydropower discussion

04/15/2015

Representatives of Microsoft and Yahoo are going to participate in the hydropower discussion at the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference later this month.

U.S. seeks firms for gates replacement at 80-MW Denison Dam hydro project

04/15/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to replace a flood gate and an emergency gate at the 80-MW Denison Dam hydroelectric project in Texas. 

Tool to Predict TDG for the Columbia River Basin

04/14/2015

The authors propose a simplified method for determining total dissolved gas (TDG) uptake at hydropower facilities on the Mid-Columbia River.

OWA Helps Further Aboriginal Access to Engineering

04/14/2015

The Ontario Waterpower Association is demonstrating -- through its involvement in a program called Aboriginal Access to Engineering -- its organizational view that all people in Ontario have a stake in waterpower.

Cybersecurity and hydropower

Cybersecurity and hydropower: Speaker lineup announced for free webcast

04/14/2015

Four authoritative speakers are preparing to address the topic of cybersecurity at hydro facilities during a free editorial webcast that will take place on April 22.

Investigation, Re-creation Indicates Likely Ignition Point of Thermalito Fire

04/14/2015

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, a fire began at the 84-MW Thermalito plant three floors below ground level and spread upward into a control room on the next floor. An investigation revealed the probable ignition point, and the author discusses lessons learned.

Cashing in on Existing Infrastructure

04/14/2015

Hydrokinetic turbines offer an exciting opportunity to produce power on existing federally- and state-owned infrastructure, but their impact on such systems remains uncertain.

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