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Giving the green light for BC small hydro
16 December, 2008
Independent power producers are taking up the challenge to develop British Columbia’s plentiful supplies of small hydro. Suzanne Pritchard reports

IADB helps fund refurb at Peligre plant, Haiti
09 December, 2008
A grant of US$12.5M has been approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to refurbish the Peligre hydro power plant in Haiti.

The Balkan water dance
31 October, 2008
Countries in the Balkan region are stepping towards a holistic approach to water management, writes Peter O’Neill. What opportunities could this hold for developers of dams and hydro plants?

Pelton Round Butte to give fisheries boost with submerged tower
02 September, 2008
A submerged tower and fish collection station is being built in a US$108M project to improve fisheries as part of the relicensing for the Pelton Round Butte hydro scheme in the northwest US.

Suez to buy FirstLight
02 September, 2008
A deal has been struck by the North American unit of GDF Suez Energy International to acquire FirstLight Power Enterprises, which has a hydro-dominated portfolio of 15 existing plants.

Examining hydro's future role
08 July, 2008
A recent workshop in the US helped to redefine hydro power’s role in the changing generation mix. Report by Tom Key and Patrick March

Water ways
20 June, 2008
Hydroelectric dams are making a comeback in the US. But instead of erecting new structures, savvy engineers are retrofitting existing dams without hydro power facilities, or low efficiency or under sized hydro facilities to harness water’s potential power and provide a clean, renewable source of energy, writes Norman Bishop

IADB highlights small hydro potential for Latin America
22 May, 2008
While the 6,450MW Madeira scheme makes further progress in Brazil, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has highlighted the growing prospects of small hydro amongst renewable energy projects in Latin America over the next few decades.

Appalachian Power seeks renewables, hydro capacity proposals
11 April, 2008
US utility Appalachian Power has issued a call for long-term purchase of renewable energy power.

Approaching the governor
29 February, 2008
There are many considerations when looking at improvement to governor systems at plants, explains David L Kornegay, senior project engineer with North American Hydro

Benchmarking for hydro in changing energy markets
29 February, 2008
Benchmarking can improve performance in a range of applications including hydro plants, explains Eric Tiffany, senior vice president – power generation at HSB Solomon Associates

Seattle's strategy
29 February, 2008
Seattle’s local utility is developing a knowledge transfer system to operate and maintain the system, explains its dam safety supervisor, Walter L. Davis

Impsa pushes its envelope
29 February, 2008
As hydro sector opportunities increase, Impsa is steadily pushing the envelope of its extensive electromechanical offerings technologically but also beyond traditional fulfilment to more turnkey supplies and developer possibilities

Emitting the truth
16 January, 2008
Hydro-Québec has a programme of research underway at Eastmain-1 to help establish the science and facts behind greenhouse gas emissions from hydroelectric reservoirs. Suzanne Pritchard reports

Keeping the dream alive
10 January, 2008
It took 21 years to unleash hydroelectric potential at the Summersville dam in the US. Fierce competition, legislation and stakeholder involvement tested the dedication of the hydro project developers. Report by Sue Pritchard

A removable solution
10 January, 2008
The US Army Corps of Engineers is preparing the installation of its third removable spillway weir (RSW) on the Lower Snake river. Kevin Crum reports on why the RSW was needed and details the installation at the Lower Monumental dam

British Columbia leads small hydro drive
09 January, 2008
Environmental concerns, technological advances and a variety of financial incentives are encouraging the development of hundreds of small hydro projects in Canada, says Neil Ford, with the province of British Columbia leading the way with new schemes

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