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Facing reality on dam development
22 December, 2010
The World Commission on Dams report overlooked the benefits of and improvements made by dams to society, says ICOLD president Jia Jingsheng. In addition, its guidelines were somewhat idealistic. However ten years on, ICOLD believes that the negative impacts of project development should never be suppressed, overlooked or underestimated. The construction and operation of dams and hydropower projects can no longer be considered as a purely scientific and technical matter. A wide range of other aspects are involved today
Weir Group acquires American Hydro Corp
14 December, 2010
Scotland-based The Weir Group has acquired American Hydro Corporation, a US-based manufacturer of high-efficiency turbine components for hydroelectric power generation.
US hydro projects certified as low impact
16 November, 2010
The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) certified several hydroelectric projects in the US as low impact during the annual meeting of the institute’s governing board, bringing the total number of projects with low impact certification to 62.
Spotlight on: key players in project finance
04 November, 2010
One of the key issues in the hydropower and dams industry is how to get sufficient funding for projects – in fact, at IWP&DC we often get requests from readers asking for a listing of project finance providers. Thanks to global information specialist GlobalData, we’re pleased to provide you with a comprehensive listing of the key players in project finance below.
Christensen Associates investigates hydro potential for USBR
05 August, 2010
Christensen Associates Inc has been selected by the US Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region to help investigate the feasibility of constructing a low-head hydroelectric plant at Bard Water District's turnout from the All-American Canal near Yuma, Arizona.
Conference call - review of the USSD's annual meeting
13 July, 2010
The US Society on Dams reports on its successful annual conference, held in the US from 12-16 April 2010
Alstom wins supply contract on Lower Mattagami project
08 July, 2010
Alstom has signed a C$110M contract with the Kiewit Alarie Partnership (KAP) to supply three turbine generator sets to Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Lower Mattagami Project in Northern Ontario, Canada.
Focus on refurbishment
08 July, 2010
Over the past few years there have been some impressive refurbishment projects undertaken in the hydro power and dams industry. Here, IWP&DC presents details on 10 of the most interesting and innovative projects underway or recently completed in North America
Invitation to prequalify for construction of powerhouse and appurtenances – Smithland and Meldahl hydro projects, US
07 July, 2010
American Municipal Power, Inc (AMP) has invited interested contractors to submit qualifications to bid on the construction of the powerhouse and its appurtenances at one or both of the following projects, both located at existing US Army Corps of Engineers locks and dams similarly named along the Ohio River: Smithland Hydroelectric Project, located 40 miles northeast of Paducah, KY; and Meldahl Hydroelectric Project, located 36 miles southeast of Cincinnati, OH.
An engineering wonder
20 June, 2010
The 60-year-old Snowy Mountains hydro project boasts an impressive array of dams, hydro power plants, a pumped storage station and tunnelling systems. To secure the importance of the project well into the future, Snowy Hydro Limited is placing a greater emphasis on uprating and refurbishment, small hydro development and snow precipitation.
Hydro plant upgrades to benefit from recovery act funds, says BPA
16 June, 2010
Hydro system upgrades at five dams totalling $250M are among a number of projects to be initiated by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) using American Recovery Act funding.
Iberdrola plans new hydro capacity in Brazil
21 May, 2010
Iberdrola has confirmed plans to invest over $1B in its Brazilian operations over the next three years.
Three hydro projects recognised for outstanding stewardship
04 May, 2010
Hydro projects from American Municipal Power, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 and New York Power Authority have been honoured at the National Hydropower Association’s (NHA) annual Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters (OSAW) Awards.
Making way for bull trout
14 April, 2010
A full height fish ladder is being constructed to enable the safe passage of fish over the Thompson falls hydro project in Montana. L Brent Mabbott, Ginger Gillin and Chad Masching explain why this is the first ladder in the US to be built specifically for bull trout
Alstom acquires NAPES assets to strengthen US hydro offering
12 March, 2010
Alstom has announced that it has acquired some of the assets of North American Phoenix - Energy Services (NAPES), a Wisconsin-headquartered producer of control systems and speed governors for hydro power plants. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
Focus on South America
02 March, 2010
IWP&DC presents details on 10 hydro power and dam construction projects recently completed or under development in South America
Ingeteam invests in US production plants
17 February, 2010
Electrical engineering and technology group Ingeteam has announced that it will invest more than EUR 10M (US$13.6M) in a combined production center to be located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Hydro set to ease economic woes
05 February, 2010
A recent study in the US is urging the government to support hydro power to help it steer the country back to economic recovery through the creation of thousands of new jobs
Vital statistics – pumped storage in 2009
04 January, 2010
IWP&DC provides a roundup of developments in the pumped storage industry over the last year