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News about the hydro market in the U.S. and Canada, including studies of development potential, plant rehabilitation work and new technologies.

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Marine energy symposium accepting asbtracts

Submit abstracts by Feb. 9 for Marine Energy Technology Symposium

01/30/2015

There is still time to submit an abstract for presentation during the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS). 

U.S. seeks hydrographic surveying, mapping in Northwest

01/30/2015

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

RG&E receives Treasury Department grant for Station 5 hydropower plant upgrades

01/30/2015

A grant from the U.S. Treasury Department will help Rochester Gas & Electric make efficiency improvements at the company's 46-MW Station 5 hydropower plant on New York's Genesee River.

U.S. extends bidding for station service replacement at 36-MW Kortes hydro project

01/29/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the deadline for bids to perform station service equipment replacement at the 36-MW Kortes hydroelectric plant in Wyoming.

Rehabilitation on high-hazard 3.3-MW Brainerd hydroelectric facility dam apron raises concerns

01/29/2015

Concern with regard to repair of the dam’s concrete spillway apron was raised in a public forum at the Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) Commission meeting held Jan. 27.

U.S. revises, again extends switchyard upgrade tender for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam

01/28/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revised a solicitation package and again extended the bidding deadline for a switchyard upgrade at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

FERC updates hydroelectric project land use fees for 2015

01/28/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the 2015 annual update to its fee schedule for occupation of federal lands by FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects.

U.S. seeks turbine cavitation repair at 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam

01/27/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for turbine cavitation repair at the 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam hydroelectric project in northeast Missouri.

TVA hires Quirk as general counsel

Hydro project operator TVA adds Quirk as executive vice president, general counsel

01/27/2015

Sherry Quirk has been named executive vice president and general counsel for hydro project operator Tennessee Valley Authority.

Canada utility extends call for crane, hoist services at B.C. hydropower projects

01/26/2015

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for applications for pre-qualification to perform services to cranes and hoists at hydroelectric projects throughout the utility's system in British Columbia.

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A few brief thoughts on the 2015 State of the Union address

01/26/2015

I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed in the rather vague mentions of American energy policy in President Barack Obama's most recent State of the Union address -- especially given his strong emphasis on securing a long-term energy future in State of the Union speeches past.

2015 NHA annual conference provides opportunities for hydroelectric power learning

01/26/2015

In the ebb and flow of one’s career, landmarks -- both large and small -- mark points of great development and achievement, and all are contained between your professional beginning and its end. 

U.S. DOE announces funding opportunity for renewable energy technology R&D

01/23/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a third open funding opportunity that will support up to US$125 million in research and development in a number of disciplines, including hydroelectric power.

Canada utility seeks crane inspection, repair for Manitoba hydro projects

01/23/2015

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids for crane and hoist inspection and repair services for its hydroelectric projects in Manitoba.

Energy Projects Director Wright retires from FERC; Miles named director

01/22/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Jeff Wright, director of FERC's Office of Energy Projects, is retiring in February, to be succeeded by Deputy Director Ann Miles.

Proposed Keeyask Generation Station

Bomb threat received at 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project work site

01/22/2015

A bomb threat called into the construction site of the 650-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project on Jan. 19 forced authorities to evacuate the Manitoba Hydro property, according to reports by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). 

IRENA reports on low renewable energy costs

Renewable costs (including hydro) competitive with fossil, report finds

01/22/2015

The cost to generate power from renewable sources (including hydro) has reached parity with or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a recent press release from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Lucid Energy's in-pipe hydropower plant begins operation in Portland

01/22/2015

A Portland Water Bureau pipeline is now generating hydroelectric power for Portland General Electric customers, following the commissioning of four Lucid Energy Inc. turbine units within one of the city's major pipelines earlier this week.

U.S. DOE invites applications for hydropower incentive payments

01/22/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy invites applications for hydropower incentive payments to developers who have added hydropower generating capacity to existing facilities.

Canada’s US$2.2 billion Lower Mattagami hydroelectric project provides power and empowerment

01/21/2015

Total capacity has increased from 486 MW to 924 MW at four fully operational redeveloped hydroelectric projects on the Mattagami River, according to Ontario Power Generation (OPG), thanks to the newly commissioned US$2.2 billion Lower Mattagami hydroelectric project in the Moose River Basin of northeastern Ontario, Canada.  

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