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US Department of Energy invests $6.3 million to enhance environmentally sustainable hydropower and protect fish populations
20 September, 2023
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding exceeding $6.3 million is to be allocated to six research and development projects focused on the advancement of fish passage and protection technologies, ultimately reducing the environmental impact of hydropower on aquatic ecosystems.
Hydro-Québec's Eastmain-1 development gets highest level Hydropower Sustainability Certification
30 August, 2023
In a landmark achievement, Hydro-Québec's Eastmain-1 development has earned the prestigious gold-level certification in adherence to the Hydropower Sustainability Standard. After an exhaustive 14-month independent assessment, this recognition underscores the project's commitment to sustainable practices within the hydroelectric sector.
Key insights unveiled in annual Ear to the River Hydropower Industry Report
18 May, 2023
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA), the Hydropower Foundation and Kleinschmidt Associates has announced the release of the second annual "Ear to the River" survey. Launched in 2021, this collaborative initiative aims to provide valuable insights into the North American hydroelectric industry that surpass publicly available information.
Industrious Group expands into renewable energy sector with completion of American Hydro acquisition
03 May, 2023
Industrious Group (previously known as Enprotech Corp) has announced the completion of its acquisition of American Hydro, a company previously owned by Wärtsilä Corporation. American Hydro provides customized hydropower refurbishment solutions and turbine services primarily to the North American market, and has been operating since 1986.
AFRY and Latinoconsult wins contract on Paraguay's Acaray hydropower plant modernisation project
05 April, 2023
AFRY, in consortium with Latinoconsult S.A., has won the contract to plan and supervise the rehabilitation and modernisation of the 200MW Acaray hydropower plant in Paraguay.
US needs to make full use of its hydropower resources, says APPA
16 March, 2023
The US should make full use of its hydropower resources in order to ensure its grid remains reliable and resilient, and allow utilities to meet emission reduction goals, the American Public Power Association (APPA) has suggested.
New hydro turbine technology could reverse decline in juvenile alewife says study
13 March, 2023
Juvenile alwife passing through Natel Energy’s Restoration Hydro Turbine had a 98.2% immediate and 100% delayed survival rate, a new study published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management shows. The results support the equally positive results of additional scientific studies Natel has conducted with third-party scientific partners on fish survival through its turbine technology.
Wärtsilä sells American Hydro
03 January, 2023
Technology group Wärtsilä has announced the divestment of American Hydro to Enprotech Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded ITOCHU Corporation (ITC), with the transaction expected to close in the first half of 2023.
Bipartison bill set to spur hydropower upgrades, restore free flowing rivers
12 December, 2022
New Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) is set to establish a new 30% tax incentive for dam safety and environmental improvements and to remove obsolete river obstructions.
LS Power to acquire raft of hydropower projects from Hull Street Energy
22 November, 2022
LS Power, a development, investment and operating company focused on the North American power and energy infrastructure sector, has agreed a deal with Hull Street Energy to buy 42 run-of-river hydro facilities across 11 states with a total capacity of 334MW.
Investments in hydro set to increase in 2022 says new research
09 February, 2022
Hydropower capacity in 2022 is set to exceed 1200GW and investments will climb to $36.3 billion, new research from Rystad Energy has suggested, with hydro set to solidify its position as the most popular renewable energy source
Voith wins contract on Niagara power project
20 July, 2021
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has awarded Voith Hydro a $275 million contract for mechanical and electrical upgrades as part of a 15-year modernization and digitization program called Next Generation Niagara (NGN) to extend the operating life of the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.
Innergex to buy remaining interests in Energía Llaima
06 July, 2021
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc is set to become sole shareholder in Chilean renewable energy company Energía Llaima SpA after agreeing to acquire the remaining 50% interest in the company for CAN$88.36 million, with the firm already owning 50% of the company.
Voith Hydro contracted for work on Idaho water project
29 April, 2021
Voith Hydro is to design, manufacture, and install 720MW of ternary pumped storage equipment for the Cat Creek Energy and Water (CCEW) Project planned near Mountain Home, Idaho on the South Fork of the Boise River – in the first of several contracts for the company.
Energy storage tech tested for small hydropower generation
29 April, 2021
Municipally owned utility Idaho Falls Power and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have carried out tests to see how a US city’s hydropower plants can be made more stable and responsive during emergencies. The tests involved integrating energy storage and modifying the control systems to help them balance changes in electricity quickly.
Winners of Groundbreaking Hydro Prize announced by DOE
13 April, 2021
Two teams have been named as the winners of a prize which challenged innovators to come up with new solutions to support hydropower project development by starting at square one – the foundation.
Green hydrogen project to be installed for Hydro-Québec
19 January, 2021
North American hydropower supplier Hydro-Québec is to operate one of the world's first and most powerful electrolyzers for the production of green hydrogen.
US DOE announces I AM Hydro winners
06 January, 2021
Eleven winning teams will share a cash prize pot of $175,000 in the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize.
US hydropower sector in ‘landmark’ collaboration agreement with environmental groups
19 October, 2020
A collaboration agreement has been signed between environmental groups and the US hydropower sector which recognises the need to tackle climate change with renewable energy while also preserving healthy rivers.
American Hydro to complete upgrades of Keokuk hydro plant units
16 October, 2020
American Hydro, part of Wärtsilä Corporation, is to complete the upgrade and refurbishment of two turbines at Ameren Corporation’s historic Keokuk Hydroelectric plant in Iowa, US.