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Getting the best out of BPA
14 December, 2001
Bonneville Power Administration operates a balancing act in the Pacific Northwest that sometimes makes it appear that 'if everyone's complaining, then we are getting it about right'. In her second report from the US, Janet Wood finds out how the company is building consensus in operation and planning for the system's future

Minister seeks system changes for small generators
04 December, 2001
UK energy minister Brian Wilson has called for solutions to the problems renewable generators face in linking up to local distribution networks.

Andamans plant dedicated to nation
04 December, 2001
The 5.25MW Kalpong hydro plant in Andaman and Nicobar Island, India, has been commissioned.

Village builds hydro project
04 December, 2001
The rural inhabitants of a remote village in the Ratnapua district of Sri Lanka have started to build a hydro project under the small-scale hydroelectric power programme mooted by chief minister, Asoka Jayawardena.

Top hydro sites identified
04 December, 2001
The Brahmaputra basin has come out top in a ranking study of all of India's river basins, devised to prioritise development of the country's hydro potential.

Turbine configurator goes online
04 December, 2001
The Compact Hydro turbine configurator is now available online from VA Tech Hydro.

Meeting to discuss deregulation
04 December, 2001
A conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, will offer energy traders, generators and large consumers an insight into the future of the deregulated power industry in Scotland.

Transmission line rerating
29 November, 2001
Canadian provincial utility Manitoba Hydro has selected TerraPoint to supply light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology to provide a fast cost effective method to rate its transmission lines.

Raising of Folsom gets support
27 November, 2001
US Congressman Doug Ose has endorsed the US Bureau of Reclamation's US$179.2M project to raise the height of Folsom dam to provide the Sacramento area with greater flood protection.

Tribes may buy Pelto hydro project
27 November, 2001
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill authorising the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon to buy a portion of the Pelton hydroelectric project.

Citibank funding for Three Gorges condemned
27 November, 2001
Students at the University of California, US, have protested against Citibank's involvement in the funding for the Three Gorges Dam in China.

Conservationists sue BPA
27 November, 2001
A coalition of conservation groups have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a US Federal power marketing agency, failed to balance salmon protection with power production during a severe drought last summer.

NOAA joins with conservation groups to aid migratory fish
27 November, 2001
American Rivers and Trout Unlimited, two US based conservation groups, have joined with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the next three years to channel funds towards conservation, restoration and improve conditions for anadromous fish.

Scottish Power revamps water as trading loss hits
27 November, 2001
UK-based utility Scottish Power has moved to restructure the debt of its water business by releasing US$2.4B capital to finance expansion. The move came as trading losses in the volatile US power market decimated its first half earnings.

Industrial power user urges splitting of SOEs
27 November, 2001
New Zealand's biggest power consumer, Comalco, has urged the Government to split its electricity SOEs into competing generators and retailers.

Ralco timeline revised
27 November, 2001
Chilean power generator Endesa-Chile has announced that the construction of its Ralco hydroelectric dam in Chile was delayed by damage caused by rainstorms earlier this year.

Balfour Beatty withdraws from Ilisu dam project
20 November, 2001
The international engineering, construction and services group, Balfour Beatty, has announced that it has decided not to pursue its interest in the Ilisu dam project in Turkey.

Environmental minefield
16 November, 2001
As environment law becomes restrictive and the government (prodded by judicial courts) contemplates rigid implementation, project developers in India face long and costly planning battles. I M Sahai reports

Uncertainty? for sure
16 November, 2001
Since 1997, when the US' Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) introduced alternative licensing procedures, hydro project licensees and prospective developers have had a choice between the new or the traditional process. But how do hydro interests decide between the two approaches to public involvement in licensing projects? Fred Ayer, an unabashed fan of FERC's new process, convenes a round table discussion with four licensing experts to canvass opinion and advice on where to go from here

Pumping up power down under
16 November, 2001
The Wivenhoe pumped storage plant is providing an important service to the Queensland power grid in Australia and to its owner, Tarong Energy

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