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Romanian training on IHA protocol
21 November, 2012
Members of the Romanian hydro power industry completed an introduction to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol during sessions organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in Bucharest last week. The workshop was hosted by the Faculty of Power Engineering at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. Staff from the university were joined by representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Romanian Water National Authority, Hidroelectrica, the Institute for Hydropower Studies, Hidroconstructia, CEZ Romania and the Romanian Small Hydropower Association.
Common sense reform
20 August, 2012
Positive steps have been made in the right direction and the licensing of US hydropower projects has improved. However, problems still exist and have the potential to stifle further development. Members of the industry recently gave their testimonies in support of new legislation, which will be of particular benefit to small hydro development. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Award winning scheme from NYPA
20 August, 2012
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has received an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Award from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for the habitat restoration of Little Beaver Island, the fourth such award for the power utility
Unlocking hydro potential
20 August, 2012
Hydropower still has enormous unfulfilled potential in the US. Recent reports suggest that the country’s conventional hydro fleet could be expanded by 15% - without the construction of a single new dam. But can hydro find the right key to unlock such growth potential? Although the Department of Energy has been applauded for its research efforts into energising non-powered dams, the US Army Corps of Engineers has also been criticised for excluding hydro from recent proposals. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
US House passes hydro act
12 July, 2012
The US House of Representatives has passed the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act in a move that could speed up the licensing process for small hydro projects.
Say yes to hydro
22 June, 2012
Hydropower has the ability to put Americans back to work and be a driving force behind economic recovery. This is the message from Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers, whose proposed piece of legislation actively promotes the development of hydropower across the country. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Statkraft latest company trained on Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
19 June, 2012
Employees from Norwegian firm Statkraft have recently been trained on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in sessions organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).
NYPA becomes four-time OSAW Award winner
18 May, 2012
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has received an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Award from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for the habitat restoration of Little Beaver Island in Grand Island, New York, the fourth such award for the power utility.
Hydro key to meeting Canada's economic and environmental objectives says Govt
16 May, 2012
David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, has underscored that the ongoing growth and success of Canada's hydropower industry are essential both to meeting the country's economic and environmental goals and to the Government's objective of creating jobs, growth and prosperity.
Gift of the gap
15 May, 2012
Hydro and more transmission links are increasingly key resources to balance intermittent generation as more wind and solar plants are built, in Europe and North America. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Partnerships generate support for US hydro resources
23 April, 2012
As part of US President Obama’s all-of-the-above strategy to develop American energy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Energy have significantly advanced potential development of hydropower generation in the US, according to a two-year progress report on the implementation of an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on hydropower.
Funds approved for Lom Pangar project, Cameroon
28 March, 2012
Funding of US$132M has been approved by the World Bank for development of the Lam Pangar hydropower project (LPHP) in Cameroon.
EDF confirms commitment to HSAP, as IHA raises awareness at World Water Forum
16 March, 2012
Électricité de France (EdF) has today confirmed its commitment to using and integrating the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in pursuit of sustainability among its hydropower plants and projects. The news follows the International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) integral involvement in raising awareness of hydropower sustainability at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, 12-17 March 2012.
House of Representatives passes conduit hydro bill
08 March, 2012
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill which could streamline the process of small conduit hydropower development.
Renewable industries call for production tax credit extension
09 February, 2012
Executives from the hydropower industry, together with representatives from the geothermal and biomass power sector, have called on Congressional leaders in the US to extend the production tax credit through 2016 for their respective industries.