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Fish passage bidding extended again by U.S. at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

09/02/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers further 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.

Obama nominates Arkansas regulator Honorable to FERC

09/02/2014

President Obama has nominated Arkansas utility regulator Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to succeed Commissioner John Norris who announced his resignation Aug. 7.

Newfoundland appeals dismissal of 5,428-MW Churchill Falls contract challenge

09/02/2014

Nalcor Energy's Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. has appealed a Quebec Superior Court judgment that upholds an agreement that requires Newfoundland to sell power from the 5,428-MW Churchill Falls hydroelectric project to Quebec for a fraction of its value.

U.S. seeks penstock valves, wicket gate seals for 49-MW Lost Creek Dam

08/29/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply replacement penstock butterfly valves and wicket gate seals at 49-MW Lost Creek Dam on Oregon's Rogue River.

Manitoba Hydro authorizes site work at 695-MW Keeyask hydropower project

08/29/2014

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has authorized modular builder Britco to commence the second phase of construction camp work at the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

U.S. extends deadlines for transformer, electrical upgrades at 1,076.6-MW Bonneville Dam

08/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended deadlines for 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.

Final blast removes last hydro project on Washington's Elwha River

08/28/2014

A final explosion Aug. 26 removed the remains of 12-MW Glines Canyon Dam, fully opening the Elwha River to salmon passage in Washington's Olympic National Park.

Porse takes new position with Mavel Americas

08/28/2014

N. Christian Porse is now project manager with Mavel Americas Inc.

Duke files to relicense 876.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydro project

08/28/2014

Duke Energy filed an application Aug. 27 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to relicense its 867.6-MW Keowee-Toxaway hydroelectric project in South Carolina and North Carolina.

U.S. awards Lower St. Anthony Falls Dam machinery, control, lighting rehab

08/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to BBA Construction LLC to replace central control station electrical equipment at its Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis.

U.S. seeks hydrologic, hydraulic engineering in Southwest

08/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to provide hydrologic and hydraulic engineering and design services and related software development in the Corps' Southwestern Division.

FERC accepts license surrender by first U.S. wave power project, 1.5-MW Reedsport

08/27/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted the surrender of the hydropower license of the proposed 1.5-MW Reedsport OPT Wave Park, the first commercial-scale wave power project to be licensed by the commission.

TSB, OERA announce funding for tidal energy technology development

08/26/2014

The U.K. Technology Strategy Board and Nova Scotia's Offshore Energy Research Association have announced their plan to jointly invest about US$1.25 million to accelerate tidal energy development.

IRS clarifies beginning of construction to qualify for PTC

08/26/2014

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice helping clarify what is the beginning of construction in order for a renewable energy project to qualify for production tax credits or investment tax credits.

BC Hydro to seek engineering of dams, spillways, penstocks

08/26/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro plans to seek proposals from engineering consulting firms to engineer water retention and conveyance structures over at least seven years for the hydropower utility.

Deadline approaching for 2014 Power Engineering & REW Projects of the Year award nominations

08/26/2014

Time is running out to submit nominations for the Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World 2014 Projects of the Year awards program.

U.S. park service seeks consulting for FERC licensing work

08/25/2014

The National Park Service seeks proposals to provide environmental consulting services for its participation in hydropower licensing, Wild and Scenic Rivers issues and other projects.

U.S. awards dam safety site stabilization at 270-MW Wolf Creek Dam

08/25/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $950,088 contract to Aspen Construction Co. for dam safety site stabilization work at 270-MW Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky.

U.S. seeks firms for surveying, mapping in Pacific Northwest

08/25/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to provide surveying and mapping services in the Portland District of the Corps' Northwestern Division.

U.S. EIS advances transmission to deliver Quebec hydropower to New York

08/22/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final environmental impact statement endorsing the construction and operation of a 1,000-MW transmission line to carry Quebec hydroelectric power to customers in New York City.


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