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U.S. to seek bridge crane rehabilitation at 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

10/30/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for mechanical and structural rehabilitation of bridge cranes and a lifting beam at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

FERC revokes license for failure to build fish passage at 687-kW East Juliette hydro project

10/30/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has revoked 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 at the Georgia project.

Maine names Kleinschmidt, ORPC, TRC to inventory hydropower potential

10/30/2014

The Governor's Energy Office has named Kleinschmidt Associates, in partnership with hydrokinetic developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. and engineering firm TRC, to update Maine's inventory of undeveloped hydropower potential.

U.S. eyes labor agreements for hydro turbine work at 603-MW Ice Harbor, 980-MW McNary dams

10/30/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is surveying whether it would be appropriate to use Project Labor Agreements for major hydropower turbine supply or installation at 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River or at 980-MW McNary Dam on the Columbia River.

Stender leaves NAES, forms consulting company

10/29/2014

John Stender, former director of business development with NAES Power Contractors, is now chief executive officer of Beacon Hills Consulting Services. 

Jacobs Associates, McMillen LLC announce merger plan

10/29/2014

San Francisco-based engineering and consulting firm Jacobs Associates and Boise, Idaho-based engineering and construction firm McMillen LLC announced plans to merge, forming McMillen Jacobs Associates.

U.S. awards gate fabrication contract for Montgomery Locks and Dam

10/29/2014

Steward Machine Co. Inc. has received a $4 million contract to fabricate replacement gates for the Corps' Montgomery Locks and Dam on the Ohio River near Beaver, Pa.

U.S. seeks firms for gantry crane testing at 43.5-MW Jim Woodruff hydro project

10/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to load test two gantry cranes at 43.5-MW Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam on the Florida-Georgia border.

Study: Current dam operation in California could be bad for native fish species

10/28/2014

Results of a recent study identified 181 dams in California most in need of attention to protect fish, particularly native species. 

BC Hydro extends call for engineering of dams, spillways, penstocks

10/28/2014

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

GRDA celebrates 50 years of hydroelectricity at the 130-MW Robert S. Kerr Dam (Video)

10/28/2014

“Grand indeed,” is what many attendees said while in attendance at the Grand River Dam Authority’s 130-MW Robert S. Kerr Dam at Lake Hudson in Mayes County, north of Locust Grove, Okla. The facility marked its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 25. 

Keith Martin: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

10/27/2014

The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower.  These students are funded through the Department of Energy’s Water Power Program and industry partners through a five year US$3.7 million dollar grant.

FirstEnergy seeks renewable energy credits including hydro for Ohio utilities

10/27/2014

FirstEnergy Corp. has issued a request for proposals to provide renewable energy credits from generating sources including hydropower, on behalf of its Ohio utilities, Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, and Toledo Edison.

Brayman Construction appoints Piedimonte president and COO

10/24/2014

Frank A. Piedimonte, P.E., is now president and chief operating officer of heavy civil and geotechnical contractor Brayman Construction Corp. 

Missouri firm to refurbish, paint tainter gates at Arkansas' 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam

10/24/2014

Hartman-Walsh Painting Co. has received a $3.8 million contract to refurbish and paint tainter gates at 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam on Arkansas' White River.

FERC approves formula for BPA curtailment of wind generation in favor of excess hydro

10/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a cost allocation method by which transmission operator Bonneville Power Administration may fund the costs of reimbursing wind power projects whose generation is curtailed to make room on the grid for free excess federal hydropower resulting from high river flows in the Columbia River Basin.

Canada developer certifies commercial operation of 195-MW Forrest Kerr hydro project

10/23/2014

Canada's AltaGas Ltd. announced its 195-MW Forrest Kerr hydropower project in British Columbia completed a 72-hour testing period required to achieve commercial operation under its electricity purchase agreement with power purchaser BC Hydro.

U.S. seeks firms for hydraulic, hydrologic engineering in Northwest

10/23/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform hydraulic and hydrologic engineering for water resources projects in Oregon and southwestern Washington.

Corps invites registration for Little Rock District industry days for hydro, other work

10/23/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District invites registration to attend fiscal year 2015 industry days to talk with contractors about work on its facilities and hydropower projects.

Gallo to succeed Frank as president and CEO of hydro equipment manufacturer Voith Hydro

10/22/2014

Bob Gallo, current executive director of the Voith Corporate Service Center in North America, will succeed Kevin Frank as president and CEO of hydro equipment manufacturer Voith Hydro in York, Pa. 


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