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FERC 1,300-MW licensing in June is year's largest capacity increase

07/31/2014

The licensing of a single hydro project in June, the 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project, is the largest capacity increase approved so far this year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

BluEarth receives loan for British Columbia small hydroelectric plant

07/31/2014

Canadian energy developer BluEarth Renewables Inc. has closed US$70.5 million in non-recourse construction and term debt financing with National Bank of Canada for its 15-MW Culliton Creek hydropower project.

Jacobs Associates adds to hydroelectric power staff

07/31/2014

Underground design and construction management firm Jacobs Associates continues adding to its pool of hydroelectric power experts with the addition of Robert Filgas, PE, as a senior associate.

Canada utility seeks dam safety review of 55-MW McArthur Falls, 165-MW Seven Sisters

07/31/2014

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro seeks bids to perform dam safety reviews of the 55-MW McArthur Falls and 165-MW Seven Sisters hydroelectric projects in Manitoba.

U.S. seeks intake screens, frames for 130-MW Barkley, 184-MW Kentucky locks, dams

07/30/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for fabrication of intake screens and frames for 130-MW Barkley Lock and Dam and 184-MW Kentucky Lock and Dam in Kentucky.

U.S. extends bidding for fish passage overhaul at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam

07/29/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has 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.

Corps awards contracts for emergency equipment rehab, replacement at northwestern facilities

07/29/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to Alstom, Andritz, National Electric Coil and Voith for the emergency rehabilitation or replacement of turbines, generators and pump motors in the Corps' Northwestern Region.

Canada utility extends bidding for gates installation at 47-MW Ladore hydro project

07/29/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for bids to install replacement intake gates at the 47-MW Ladore hydroelectric project on the Campbell River in British Columbia.

Amjet unveils new low-head turbine generator unit

07/28/2014

A new generator unit unveiled at HydroVision International 2014 by manufacturer Amjet Turbine Systems LLC has earned the Iowa-based company a US$1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research Phase II program.

U.S. seeks bids to refurbish, paint tainter gates at 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam

07/28/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to refurbish and paint tainter gates at 340-MW Bull Shoals Dam on Arkansas' White River.  

Seattle City Light completes rewinding of unit at Boundary Dam hydropower project

07/28/2014

Unit 53 is back in operation at Seattle City Light's 1,003-MW Boundary Dam hydropower project, the northewestern utility reported.

U.S. extends call for water facilities operation after Elwha River dams' removal

07/28/2014

The National Park Service has extended the deadline for bids for operation and maintenance of water treatment and pumping facilities made necessary by removal of the 12-MW Elwha and 12-MW Glines Canyon dams from the Elwha River in Washington.

Eagle Mountain pumped-storage hydropower plant integral for California, GEI Consultants says

07/28/2014

With pumped-storage hydroelectric power being a key topic of national interest, the HydroVision International 2014 Conference and Exhibition gave decision makers an opportunity to interact with companies developing projects with an increasingly prominent role in America's grid system.

FERC proposes power system physical security reliability standard

07/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would approve, with modifications, a power system physical security reliability standard submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

GE unveils new hydro turbine monitoring and protection solution at HydroVision International 2014

07/24/2014

General Electric's Measurement & Control business launched its new Bently Nevada Advanced Distributed Architecture Platform Technology (ADAPT) 3701/46 Hydro Monitor earlier today at HydroVision International 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

Canada utility seeks piezometric tests at Duncan Dam

07/24/2014

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to perform piezometric response tests at Duncan Dam on the Kootenay River in British Columbia.

Emagineered Solutions wins contract for Big Bend monolith joint repairs

07/23/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$559,000 contract to Emagineered Solutions Inc. for remedial waterstop repairs in the upstream monolith joints at the 494.3-MW Big Bend hydroelectric project.

Replacement of Canada's John Hart hydroelectric plant now under way

07/23/2014

The replacement of the 126-MW John Hart hydroelectric plant has begun, following a ceremony that featured British Columbia's Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett.

Canada's Manitoba Hydro signs deal to provide 25 MW of power to SaskPower

07/22/2014

Manitoba Hydro has finalized a deal that will see the Canadian utility supply 25 MW of power to SaskPower from November 2015 to May 22.

Voith Hydro displays new StreamDiver hydro turbine at HydroVision International 2014

07/22/2014

Technology and equipment manufacturer Voith Hydro is exhibiting a number of its environmentally-friendly hydropower innovations at HydroVision International 2014, which is currently taking place in Nashville, Tenn.


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