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The 690MW Fljótsdalur hydropower station in Iceland has become power...
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Assessment shows Costa Rica hydro plant demonstrates ‘international good practice’
The Reventazón project in Costa Rica, the largest hydropower plant in Central America, has been classed as an example of international good practice in hydropower sustainability,...
Fish passage works awarded at Cle Elum Dam, US
Northbank Civil & Marine, Inc is to build a new fish passage tunnel at Cle Elum Dam in Washington, US, under a $15.2 million contract awarded by the US Bureau of Reclamation.
Dams overflow in Houston floods
Two dams in the Houston area are overflowing as record rains hit in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, leaving communities in danger of further flooding.
Roaring River Dam to be removed in Tennessee
A 41-year-old dam is to be removed soon in what has been described as the largest ever dam removal project in Tennessee, US, for river and stream restoration purposes.
Supreme Court deals blow to Ruataniwha dam project, New Zealand
Plans to develop the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, have been dealt a major blow with news that the Supreme Court has ruled that land that would be...
Blanda hydropower project wins IHA’s Blue Planet Prize
The Blanda hydropower project in Iceland is the 2017 winner of the IHA Blue Planet Prize, which recognises projects that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development.
G-res tool allows hydro industry to report on carbon footprint
A new tool that enables the hydropower sector to report on its carbon footprint for the first time has been launched at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa.
USBR awards funds for fish passage solutions
The US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) has awarded prizes totaling $20,000 to four submissions as part of its downstream fish passage at tall dams' prize competition.
Pure Energy and WWF team up for hydro in the Philippines
Pure Energy Holdings Corp has joined forces with WWF Philippines in a bid to help encourage development of run-of-river in the country.
Carbon certification launched for small hydro plant, DRC
Virunga National Park and carbon finance group Aera Group have launched a VCS carbon certification process for the 13.6MW Matebe hydropower plant – a move that could offer the...
Lawsuit on Grand Coulee oil pollution settled
Columbia Riverkeeper has announced it has reached a settlement with the US Bureau of Reclamation designed to end toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam in the Pacific Northwest.
Fish passage project at Lower Yellowstone moves step closer
A new 15,500ft long bypass channel is to be built at the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam in Montana, US, under plans selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and...
Mott MacDonald to develop climate resilience guidelines for hydro and dams
Mott MacDonald has announced it has been appointed by the World Bank to develop technical guidelines to improve climate resilience for the hydropower and dams development community.
Bypass channel preferred option for Lower Yellowstone fish passage, US
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has identified the construction of a bypass channel as the best option for fish passage at the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam in Montana, US.
Statkraft becomes first supplier of I-RECs in India
European renewable energy generator Statkraft has become the first company to offer renewable power tracked by the International Renewable Energy Certificate (I-REC) Standard in...
Setback for Welsh pumped storage scheme
Plans for a 99.9MW pumped storage facility at Glyn Rhonwy near Llanberis, Wales, has hit a setback with news that developer Snowdonia Pumped Hydro (SPH) has withdrawn a water...
Fish passage system tests a success
A fish passage system has safely transported live fish over a distance of 1100ft with a 100ft rise at a US dam in a project that could pave the way for further systems at...
Monitoring team formed for Philippines hydro project
SN Aboitiz Power-Magat (SNAP-Magat) has announced it has formed the Multipartite Monitoring Team (MMT) for the Maris South Canal (MSC) hydroelectric plant as an environmental...
Velcan subsidiary gets environmental permit for Indonesian plant
Velcan SA’s subsidiary company PT Aceh Hydro Power has been granted an Environmental Permit for its planned 59MW Meureubo 2 hydropower project in Sumatera, Indonesia.
Increasing efficiency could offset climate induced water constraints on hydropower production, says research
Research into climate change has shown that more frequent droughts and heatwaves could reduce the ability of electricity plants to generate power by the middle of the century, but...