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FERC proposes new start date for hydro license annual charges


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes new rules that would change the start date for assessment of annual charges on private hydropower licensees to two years from the date of license issuance.

Trinity Hydropower Project

U.S. seeks intake refurbishment, extends call for generator rewinds at 140-MW Trinity hydro project


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for intake mechanical equipment refurbishing and gate shaft refurbishing at the 140-MW Trinity hydroelectric project on the Trinity River in California.

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 May 2015

Canadian Spotlight


The latest hydropower industry news from Canada

Tech Briefs


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

An Approach Developed for Fatigue LIfe Estimation of Penstock Tie Rods


Additional inspection methodologies are now available for use in the hydroelectric industry resulting from a study on tie rod threaded connections' fatigue life performed in penstock bifurcations at Hoover Dam.


U.S. seeks firms for bio-statistical services to fish passage program


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to provide bio-statistical services to its Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program in the Pacific Northwest.

Balancing Unit Efficiency and Fish Passage


In a win-win for fish protection and power generation, Grant County Public Utility District recently completed work to install 10 new turbines at its 1,092-MW Wanapum Dam hydroelectric facility.

Minidoka Dam

Reclamation welcomes public to Minidoka Dam spillway reopening ceremony


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is celebrating the completion of a new spillway at the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydropower plant with a public ceremony May 27.

The Challenge of Manufacturing Bearings for Bonneville's First Powerhouse


The Kokish Facility: A Unique Partnership


The Kokish hydroelectric facility is located on northeastern Vancouver Island, approximately 15 km east of Port McNeill, British Columbia.

Wall of Honor deadline approaching


In April 2011, PennWell Corp. company officials decided to create the Wall of Honor, a traveling memorial that lists the names of past and present members of the United States military. The Wall of Honor is an 8 feet tall by 10 feet wide vertical panel designed to spark remembrance, reflection and respect for all who serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces. 

Hydro Currents


The top hydroelectric power news for May 2015

Perspectives: Fostering Innovation


In the day-to-day professional lives many of us lead … with pressures to meet profitability targets, comply with regulatory mandates, and continue to do the proverbial "more with less" … the concept of "innovation" can, admittedly, be elusive.

U.S. seeks generator windings replacement at 402-MW Dworshak hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to replace generator windings of the Unit 3 turbine-generator at the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

Gravity Renewables acquires Vermont's Nantanna Mill small hydropower plant


Small hydro developer Gravity Renewables has completed the acquisition of the 222-kW Dog River hydropower project, giving the Colorado-based company its second plant in Vermont.

Tim DeWeese: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation


This is the latest in a series of profiles provided by the Hydro Research Foundation that highlight potential future members of the hydroelectric power industry and their accomplishments.

FERC proposes new reliability standard to deal with geomagnetic disturbances


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed a new reliability standard to address the vulnerability of the nation's electric grid to geomagnetic disturbances.

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