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Transfer of four Klamath River dams approved by CPUC
22 July, 2021
Plans to remove four dams on the Klamath River have taken a step forward with the news that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a request from Pacific Power to transfer ownership of four hydroelectric dams, known as the Lower Klamath Project, to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC).

Natel Energy announces $20M funding round
22 July, 2021
Natel Energy has announced details of a $20M funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and supported by Chevron Technology Ventures, with the company set to use the funding to build momentum in the deployment of its flagship product, the Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT).

World Bank-ESMAP launches survey on gender gaps in hydropower sector
22 July, 2021
The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), in partnership with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), has launched a survey which focuses on the role of women in all parts of the hydropower sector.

CTG places all 96 units at its hydro plants in operation for first time
21 July, 2021
China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) has announced that its six cascade hydropower plants along the main stream of the Yangtze River put all of their 96 power units into operation on 7 July as part of its efforts to meet the peak demand of the grid in the summer, the first time that all the power generators have been in operation simultaneously.

Voith wins contract on Niagara power project
20 July, 2021
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has awarded Voith Hydro a $275 million contract for mechanical and electrical upgrades as part of a 15-year modernization and digitization program called Next Generation Niagara (NGN) to extend the operating life of the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.

Public comment invited on global hydropower certification scheme
16 July, 2021
A new scheme that will see hydropower projects around the world independently rated and certified for their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance is now open for public comment

Saint-Narcisse shutdown is permanent says Hydro-Québec
14 July, 2021
Generation is to permanently cease at the Saint-Narcisse generating station on the Rivière Batiscan in the Mauricie region, Hydro-Québec has announced, with work set to start this year on a six year project to dismantle the project’s dam.

EMEC plans acoustic monitoring programme
13 July, 2021
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is to deploy a series of acoustic surveys this summer which are designed to monitor noise levels of marine energy technologies at its ocean energy test sites in Orkney, Scotland.

SJVN to develop Lower Arun project, Nepal
13 July, 2021
SJVN has been selected to develop the 679MW Lower Arun hydroelectric project in Nepal following an international competitive bidding process, the company has announced.

Major overhaul planned for Wivenhoe project, Australia
12 July, 2021
A $14 million maintenance project will start this month at the Wivenhoe Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Station in Queensland to preserve the ongoing reliability of the plant.

AFDB approves funds for Kinguélé Aval hydro project, Gabon
12 July, 2021
The first independent hydropower project in Gabon is set to benefit from a €39 million loan package from the African Development Bank Group.

HydroLand expands hydropower portfolio through new acquisitions
09 July, 2021
US renewable energy company HydroLand has acquired two small hydropower facilities from Northbrook Carolina Hydro II, LLC, adding to a 25MW portfolio it acquired from Enel Green Power North America earlier this year.

Wave energy tender launched by EuropeWave
08 July, 2021
The EuropeWave project is inviting wave energy developers to apply for funding via its innovative pre-commercial procurement (PCP) programme. The five-year collaborative programme will see several wave energy projects selected for the first stage of ‘concept development’.

Five-year refurbishment project starts at Roxburgh station, New Zealand
08 July, 2021
Contact Energy has announced a project to replace half of the 60-year-old hydropower turbines at the 320MW Roxburgh Power Station over the next five years has begun, with Voith contracted to work on the project.

AFRY to work on Manara pumped storage plant, Israel
06 July, 2021
AFRY has been awarded the Owner’s Engineering services for the 156MW Manara pumped storage power plant in Israel by Ellomay Pumped Storage Ltd, with the project set to create a green battery and a hot reserve for the Israel Electric Company (IEC).

Innergex to buy remaining interests in Energía Llaima
06 July, 2021
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc is set to become sole shareholder in Chilean renewable energy company Energía Llaima SpA after agreeing to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the company for CAN$88.36 million, with the firm already owning 50% of the company.

JV wins contract for Tarbela 5th Extension E&M works
06 July, 2021
A joint venture of Harbin Electric International Company and Harbin Electric Machinery Company (HEIC-HEMC) have won a US$241.1 million contract for electro-mechanical (E&M) works for the 1530MW Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project in Pakistan.

More data sharing needed says Mekong River Commission
02 July, 2021
A wider exchange of data and information is needed to help improve water resource management in the Lower Mekong Basin, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) secretariat has urged in a recent bulletin.

MPs gather evidence on renewables during EMEC visit
01 July, 2021
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, hosted members of the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee on Monday, with the MPS tasked with gathering further evidence on renewable energy in Scotland in order to make recommendations to UK Government this summer ahead of November’s COP26 UN Climate Conference in Glasgow.

All units operational at Namkong 1 hydropower project, Laos
01 July, 2021
After a three-day trial, the second unit of the 160MW Namkong 1 hydropower project, built by China Three Gorges Corporation, began generating electricity on June 29, meaning all units are in operation at project.

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