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U.S. plans industry day for dam safety construction at Isabella Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled an industry day to discuss a major dam safety modification project at Isabella Dam on California's Kern River.

Brookfield buys Holtwood, Wallenpaupack

Brookfield Renewable to acquire Holtwood, Wallenpaupack hydro stations in Pennsylvania


Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners has reached an agreement to acquire the 252-MW Holtwood and 40-MW Wallenpaupack hydro stations from Talen Energy.

U.S. seeks bids for dam safety reinforcing berm, rim stabilization at 135-MW Center Hill Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to construct a dam safety reinforcing berm and left rim stabilization at 135-MW Center Hill Dam in Tennessee.

NRC to fund inland and offshore MHK turbine development


The National Research Council of Canada, through its Industrial Research Assistance Program, is providing financial support to Canada-based Instream Energy Systems, and IT Power Consulting (ITP), based in Bristol, UK, to develop a floating tidal turbine platform.  

Corps extends call for water resources consulting services


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydrologic Engineering Center has extended the deadline for bids to provide water resources consulting services to analyze and anticipate emerging water resources trends and issues. 

Commissioner Moeller to leave FERC at end of October


Commissioner Philip D. Moeller announced Oct. 6 in intends to leave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the end of October.

SCEMD reports 9 dams breached from 1,000-year rain event in South Carolina


After the highest rainfall levels ever recorded, from weather affected by Hurricane Joaquin, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is monitoring 18 dams and reporting that nine dams have breached.

U.S. sets site visit on generator step-up transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a site visit on a request to supply 19 transformers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.

Corps awards contract for Chief Joseph hydropower plant gate maintenance


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $15.8 million contract to Garco Construction Inc. to perform spillway gate lifecycle maintenance at the 2,620-MW Chief Joseph hydroelectric plant in Washington.

Canada utility seeks spare generator stator for 133-MW Great Falls hydro project


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to design, supply and assemble a spare generator stator for the 133-MW Great Falls hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

Mountain Meadows Reservoir on the drought-stricken U.S. west coast is completely empty


Mountain Meadows Reservoir, referred to locally as Walker Lake, reportedly lost all of its water during the second week of September sometime after a clogged intake supplying the 4.8-MW Hamilton Branch hydroelectric facility was cleared of debris, according to published reports. 

FERC draft EIS rejects 10-MW Bear River Narrows hydro project


A draft environmental impact statement by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has rejected a license to construct the 10-MW Bear River Narrows hydroelectric project on the Bear River in Idaho.

McLymont Creek hydro operating

66-MW McLymont Creek hydro plant in British Columbia begins operating


The 66-MW McLymont Creek hydro plant, owned by AltaGas Ltd., began operating Oct. 1.

Reimelt new president of GE Power Conversion

GE names Reimelt president, CEO of Power Conversion business


Stephan Reimelt has been appointed president and chief executive officer of GE’s Power Conversion business, succeeding Joe Mastrangelo, who becomes president and CEO of Power Generation Products for GE Power & Water. 

Tennessee Valley Authority dropping reservoir levels before Hurricane Joaquin arrives


Anticipated rains from Hurricane Joaquin is causing the Tennessee Valley Authority to take preemptive measures to deal with the runoff.

U.S. sets industry day on dam safety modifications to 3.65-MW Stampede Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an industry day to discuss with potential bidders a plan for dam safety modifications to the 3.65-MW Stampede Dam hydroelectric project on California's Little Truckee River.

Andritz to rewind Unit 3 at Corps' 402-MW Dworshak hydropower plant


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10.1 million contract to the Andritz Hydro Corp. to replace generator windings on the Unit 3 turbine-generator at the 402-MW Dworshak hydropower plant.

Massachusetts Gov. encourages Canadian hydro in committee testimony


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker testified before a state legislative committee today in support of a pair of bills that could increase imports of Canadian hydroelectric power.

Roadway at U.S./Mexico 132-MW Amistad hydroelectric project to re-open Oct. 5


Amistad Dam Road at the 132-MW Amistad hydroelectric project at the U.S. Port of Entry near Del Rio, Texas, will re-open Oct. 5 after being closed since Feb. 26. Heavy equipment blocked Amistad Dam Road during geological drilling and testing at the dam, and a crane accident in April that killed two workers extended the road’s closing.

U.S. seeks turbine headcovers for 1,780-MW Dalles Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply turbine headcovers and related equipment for the 1,780-MW Dalles Dam hydroelectric project on the Columbia River.