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Idaho and Oregon in Hells Canyon Complex agreement
24 April, 2019
The US States of Idaho and Oregon have signed a settlement agreement for...
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Expedited hydro licensing process established in US as FERC issues final rule
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the US last week issued a final rule establishing an expedited licensing process for original hydropower licenses for certain...

New report unveils plan to reinvigorate hydropower in the US
Thursday, April 04, 2019 by A new report from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) and Chelan County Public Utility District (Chelan PUD) identifies ways in which the capabilities of hydropower in the US...

DOE announces funds to advance hydropower, marine energy
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 by Hydropower and marine energy projects in the US could benefit from up to $26.1 million in funding recently announced by the Department of Energy (DOE).

EMEC to assess Verdant Power’s tidal turbine performance
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 by The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has announced it is to provide an independent performance assessment of Verdant Power’s 5th Generation (Gen5) tidal turbine system to be...

New Oroville spillway could see first use in April
Thursday, March 28, 2019 by The reconstructed spillway at Oroville Dam in California could be put to use in early April, with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) preparing for its potential use by...

Salini Impregilo Group’s Lane to build new reservoir, dams in Florida
Monday, March 25, 2019 by Salini Impregilo Group company Lane is to build a new reservoir and associated dams in Southern Florida in a $524-million contract.

Research highlights benefits of run-of-river plants
Monday, March 18, 2019 by New research from national labs in the US has demonstrated that smaller scale run-of-river (ROR) hydropower can provide just as much baseload stability as reservoir-based...

USBR seeks ideas to keep fish safe from intakes in new prize competition
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by The US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) is launching a prize competition that seeks ideas to keep fish safe from water diversions and intakes.

Canadian Hydropower Association becomes WaterPower Canada
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) – the national association for hydropower in Canada – has changed its corporate name to WaterPower Canada (WPC) to reflect the...

USBR to modernize largest hydro facility in US
Friday, February 22, 2019 by Three generators at the 6.8GW Grand Coulee Dam – the largest hydropower facility in the US – are to be modernized under plans announced by the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)

Expedited hydro licensing process proposed by FERC
Thursday, February 07, 2019 by New hydropower projects at existing non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects in the US could have a licensing decision within two years under proposals put forward by...

Governments invest in Taltson expansion project, Canada
Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories have announced they are to jointly invest over $1.2 million in the Taltson Hydroelectricity Expansion Project, supporting...

Fortis sells stake in Waneta Expansion, British Columbia
Monday, January 28, 2019 by Fortis Inc has agreed to sell its 51% stake in the Waneta Expansion Hydroelectric Project in British Columbia to Columbia Power Corporation (CPC) and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)...

Columbia River Basin agreement aims to benefit salmon and hydropower
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by A new agreement developed by Federal, State and Tribal partners in the US is set to improve salmon survival while also managing costs in hydropower generation in the Columbia River Basin.

New York DEP announce revised plans for new hydro plant
Monday, December 10, 2018 by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has unveiled new plans to build a $34 million, 6MW hydroelectric plant at the Cannonsville Reservoir in Delaware County,...

SNC-Lavalin and BC Hydro win Outstanding Project award from CHA for John Hart
Friday, November 23, 2018 by The Canadian Hydropower Association has awarded SNC-Lavalin and BC Hydro the “Outstanding Project” award for the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project..

Major milestone for Oroville dam work as main spillway fully reconstructed
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 by A major milestone has been reached at the Oroville Dam project in California, US, with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) meeting its goal of completely reconstructing the...

Bill promoting hydropower deployment in US signed into law by Trump
Thursday, October 25, 2018 by The licensing process for some hydropower projects in the US is set to become more efficient after US President Donald Trump signed into law Bill S.3021, the America’s...

Nalcor Energy issues stop work order to Astaldi for Muskrat Falls
Monday, October 22, 2018 by Five hundred workers at the Muskrat Falls hydro project under construction in Labrador in Canada are being sent home after Nalcor Energy issued a stop work order to the...

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