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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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Eliot Meyer

Eliot Meyer: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation


The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower.

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U.S. seeks civil works planning, design in Corps' Albuquerque District


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites applications for qualification to provide architect-engineer civil works planning studies and associated design for Corps facilities in its Albuquerque District.

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Information-sharing center studied for waterpower in Canadian province of Ontario


The Ontario Waterpower Association has awarded a contract to complete a feasibility study for the proposed Waterpower Reference Centre.

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Guide hopes to encourage small hydro growth in Pennsylvania


A new guide released earlier this month by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council aims to spur low-impact hydropower growth within the state.

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U.S. seeks firms for geotechnical, environmental engineering services


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to provide geotechnical and environmental architect-engineering services to various Corps facilities including dams in its Los Angeles District.

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HCMS wins Corps contract for cavitation repairs at 58-MW Clarence Cannon hydroelectric plant


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Hydro Consulting and Maintenance Services Inc. for turbine cavitation repairs at the 58-MW Clarence Cannon hydroelectric plant in northeast Missouri.

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U.S. Reclamation seeks technical services for its hydrologic database


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to provide technical services to maintain and further develop its Hydrologic Database System.

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U.S. seeks firms for multi-disciplined engineering in Northwest


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to provide multi-disciplined engineering services for Corps facilities primarily in the Pacific Northwest.


FERC affirms revocation of hydropower license for failure to build fish passage


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a request for rehearing and affirmed its revocation of the hydropower license of the 687-kW East Juliette hydroelectric project due to the licensee's failure over 12 years to construct required fish passage.

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Mead & Hunt receives award for work on Mahoning Creek hydro development


Mead & Hunt has received a 2015 Engineering Excellence State Finalist Award from ACEC Wisconsin for its work on the 6-MW Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Project.

U.S. seeks generator model validation testing at nine Corps hydro projects


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform generator model validation testing at nine Corps hydroelectric projects in Oklahoma and Texas.

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Hydro Research Foundation announces New Pathways for Hydropower report


The Hydro Research Foundation has released a new report, called New Pathways for Hydropower: Getting Hydropower Built -- What Does It Take?

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Gravity Renewables acquires New York's 3.5-MW Stillwater hydropower project


Small hydro developer Gravity Renewables has completed the acquisition of the 3.5-MW Stillwater hydropower plant on New York's Hudson River.

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U.S. extends call for fish passage design for Washington's Mud Mountain Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for expressions of interest from firms to develop plans and specifications for construction of fish passage at the Corps' Mud Mountain Dam, a flood control structure on Washington's White River.

Calcago joins Gannett Fleming security team

Calcagno, Gloschat join Gannett Fleming’s security team


Gannett Fleming announces two additions to its Security and Safety Services Team: Frank Calcagno, Jr., and Joachim A. Gloschat, Jr.

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U.S. extends bidding for unit circuit breakers at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation has extended bidding for unit circuit breakers and associated equipment for 2,078-MW Hoover Dam in Arizona and Nevada.

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Sea lions: The definition of operant behavior


Reading about a proposed bill making it legal to use lethal force to remove sea lions at Bonneville Dam brought me full circle in my career as a journalist covering the hydroelectric power industry. 

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Reorganization takes place at Canadian utility BC Hydro


The chief executive officer of BC Hydro, Jessica McDonald, has reorganized the company’s executive team, creating new business units and promoting former Executive Vice President Chris O’Riley to deputy CEO. This is according to reports by multiple Canadian news sources. 

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Canada utility seeks turbine welding for three hydro projects


Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to perform turbine welding at three hydroelectric projects in British Columbia.

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Cube Hydro acquires 10 small hydroelectric projects from Harbor Hydro


Renewables developer Cube Hydro Partners LLC has acquired a 100% interest in 10 run-of-river hydroelectric projects from Harbor Hydro LLC, the New York-based company reported.

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