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Canada releases energy strategy

Premiers release Canadian Energy Strategy, hydro’s contribution recognized


Canada’s Premiers have released the Canadian Energy Strategy, and hydro is recognized for its significant contribution to electricity generation in the country.

U.S. seeks spillway gates rehabilitation at 34.5-MW Hills Creek hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to rehabilitate three spillway gates at the 34.5 MW Hills Creek Dam hydro project, on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River in Oregon. 

IHA board members elected


The International Hydropower Association has announced results of its election of IHA board members who will serve to October 2017. 

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 July 2015

Canadian Spotlight


The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

Tech Briefs


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Equipment Failure Survey Quantifies Outage Impacts


The cost and schedule impacts of delaying investment in hydropower equipment to the point of failure can be severe. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey, costs can be 10 times higher than making the investment in advance of the failure.

Boone Lake seepage

TVA chooses solution to rehab Boone Dam seepage


Tennessee Valley Authority has arrived at a proposed repair project to correct water seepage and erosion at Boone Dam.

Reclamation releases final reports on Shasta Dam raise


The future of a proposal to raise California's Shasta Dam by as much as 18.5 feet is once again in question, following the release of two reports by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation earlier this week.

U.S. Army seeks micro-hydropower project at West Point


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites applications for qualification to build a micro-hydropower project at the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point.

Flow Tests Lead to Increased Efficiencies and Benchmark Measurements


Measuring water flow to generating units at the 1,520-MW Manic-5 powerhouse, with the goal of maximizing unit efficiency, is a monumental task but the long-term benefits could help Hydro-Quebec customers and establish industry-wide benchmarks.

HydroVision International: How Times Have Changed


Does the hydroelectric power industry change that much over the years? To find out, we took a look back at topics discussed in Hydro Review in 2002 and 2006, when HydroVision International was previously in Portland.

Preventing Problems through Past Experience


Tasked with preparing its 100-year-old Nine Mile plant to operate for another hundred years, owner Avista Corp. faced the challenge of not only determining the most cost-effective way to operate and maintain it, but also dealing with sediment that had built up in the project's forebay.

Financing Long-term Hydropower Requires Mitigating Risks Prior to ROI


Financing Long-term Hydropower Requires Mitigating Risks Prior To ROI The long-term, relatively steady amount of money generated from producing power at hydroelectric facilities is alluring to investors, but developers must provide investors clear pathways from conception to return on investment.

Hydro Ottawa acquires 10 run-of-river hydro projects from Fortis


The acquisition of 10 hydroelectric projects by Hydro Ottawa from Fortis, Inc., adds about 31 MW of cumulative capacity to the Canadian utility's fleet.

Quantifying Development Potential in the Pacific Northwest


According to a recently completed scoping study, the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. holds significant hydro development potential.

Canada utility seeks dam safety reviews for three Nelson River hydro projects


Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to perform three separate dam safety reviews of three hydroelectric projects on Manitoba's Nelson River.

Throwback to Plans for Hydro in the Pacific Northwest


The Pacific Northwest of the U.S. is unique in that it contains a high concentration of hydroelectric power projects, more than many other regions of the country. This article features a compilation of some of the information previously published on this region, which can provide valuable insight for owners of hydro projects throughout North America.

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