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Robotic inspections
13 December, 2013
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is developing robotic technology for the inspection of vertical structures, including dam walls.

PPL Holtwood doubles capacity, improves fish passage at hydro facility
04 December, 2013
PPL Holtwood has begun commercial operation of a new, 125MW powerhouse at its Holtwood hydroelectric facility along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, US.

US President Obama signs hydropower bills into law
12 August, 2013
US President Barack Obama has signed into law two bills aimed at boosting development of the country’s hydropower resources.

New orders for Alstom
09 August, 2013
Alstom has announced it has won new contracts at hydropower plants in Albania, Canada and Turkey.

US Senate unanimously approves legislation promoting hydropower expansion
05 August, 2013
The US Senate last week unanimously approved a pair of bills aimed at promoting hydropower development by streamlining the federal regulatory process for certain types of projects.

Veazie Dam removal starts in Maine, US
22 July, 2013
Contractors began work today to remove the Veazie Dam in Maine, US, in a project that will reopen the Penobscot River from Old Town to the sea for the first time in nearly 200 years.

North American Project of the Year – Niagara tunnel project
17 July, 2013
The Niagara tunnel project officially came into operation in March 2013, to provide renewable power to Ontario for the next 100 years. The project has been selected by International Water Power & Dam Construction as the North American project of the year for 2013. Michael Stewart, Ontario’s Senior Economic Officer in the UK, provides details on this impressive undertaking.

Obama’s climate action plan includes hydro
27 June, 2013
US President Barack Obama this week released his Climate Action Plan featuring a proposal to accelerate permitting for clean energy projects, including the development of hydroelectric power at existing dams.

Rurelec gets funds for Peru hydro project
18 June, 2013
Rurelec PLC has announced it has secured US$7.2M in funding from the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) for the 5.3MW Canchayllo hydroelectric project in Peru.

PPL Montana completes Rainbow hydro plant expansion
01 May, 2013
US energy company PPL Montana has announced it has successfully completed a three-and-a-half project to expand its Rainbow hydroelectric project on the Missouri River near Great Falls.

Continuous quality surveillance
18 March, 2013
During the construction of hydroelectric plants, poor quality can have a hugely negative impact on construction time, plant performance and safety. A method known as the Continuous Quality Surveillance Scheme can keep the manufacturing of the most critical components, such as pressure parts, rotors and valves, under control with a view to minimising the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ). This can be effective when used in a systematic manner and requires the formalisation of some main elements such as the Pre-Inspection Meeting (PIM) at the start of construction; the Inspection and Test Plan (ITP), with specific witness points for all critical manufacturing phases; and the use of Notification for Inspection (NOI) to formalise the intervention points.

Merging hydraulics with biology
14 March, 2013
Recognising that environmental sustainability is a global issue, researchers from the US, Australia and Lao PDR have joined forces in a collaborative effort to improve safe fish passage through hydropower systems. By expanding knowledge beyond salmon to other species, advances in technology can be used to have positive global impacts and ensure the sustainable expansion of hydro.

Anatomy of a dam removal
13 February, 2013
Peter Foote details the removal of Fort Halifax Dam in the US state of Maine.

Enel and Simest team up for renewable energy
29 January, 2013
Enel Green Power’s 50MW Chucas hydroelectric project in Costa Rica is to receive financial support from Simest, the public-private finance institution which promotes the international development of Italian enterprises.

Voith works on South American small hydro
28 January, 2013
Voith has announced it is to supply turbines and related equipment for two small hydro plants in Brazil and Colombia.

US hydro industry endorses McMorris Rodgers-DeGette bill
18 January, 2013
Bipartisan legislation to promote the development of hydropower resources and their economic and job creation benefits in the US re-introduced this week by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Diana DeGette has been endorsed by the National Hydropower Association.

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