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NHA applauds funding for waterpower program
17 November, 2009
The US-based National Hydropower Association has applauded legislation recently signed by President Obama that increases funding for the Department of Energy’s Waterpower Program, calling the funding ‘critical’ to the expansion of hydro power resources in the country.

Study says new hydro could create 700,000 jobs in the US
14 October, 2009
A study released by the National Hydropower Association says that the US hydro power industry could install 60,000MW of new capacity by 2025, creating up to 700,000 new jobs.

Under the influence - 60 most influential people in the industry
06 October, 2009
Welcome to International Water Power & Dam Construction’s list of the 60 most influential people in the industry. These people have helped shape the course of the global hydro and dams business over the last 60 years. This list – in alphabetical order – is the result of nominations from contacts and readers around the world, and was decided by a panel of industry experts

IHA World Congress – advancing sustainable hydro power
06 October, 2009
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) hosted delegates from a wide range of political, technical, financial, social and environmental backgrounds, along with figureheads from business and industry, during the IHA 2009 World Congress, held in Reykjavik, Iceland on 23-26 June 2009.

Positioning for the future
21 July, 2009
It’s time for the US hydro power industry to grow and shine. This was the strong message to emerge from the National Hydropower Association’s annual meeting in the US

Town Mill Hydroelectric Installation, UK
21 July, 2009
In 2007, a major project was completed to install a micro hydroelectric system at the historical Town Mill on the River Lim in Lyme Regis, Dorset. The electricity produced at the 7kW project is used by Mill itself with the remainder sold into the National Grid.

Hastings project, US
21 July, 2009
In the US state of Minnesota, renewable energy company Hydro Green Energy partnered with the City of Hastings to install a two-turbine Hydro+ project downstream from the city’s 4.4MW run-of-river hydro power plant at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Lock & Dam No 2 on the Mississippi river. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the project by a 5-0 vote on 13 December 2008. The Hastings project is the US’ first-ever federally-licensed hydrokinetic power station and the only hydrokinetic project exporting electricity to the US power grid for sale.

Washington looks to hydro to combat climate change
10 July, 2009
The sharp reversal in US policy on carbon emissions is likely to have a profound impact on the country's power sector, writes Neil Ford. New regulations and emissions targets are likely to deter the construction of coal fired power plants and may encourage more investment in renewables and large hydro

The HSAF process - view from an NGO
19 June, 2009
Peter Bosshard of International Rivers argues that the industry-led HSAF process falls behind current international standards, and may create new conflicts in the hydro power sector

HSAF - an assessment tool for sustainability
19 June, 2009
Dr Helen Locher of the IHA details the objectives of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (HSAF) and describes its progress to date

Puget Sound sees investment payoff with fisheries boost
19 June, 2009
Puget Sound Energy (PGE) said fisheries have been boosted this spring in Baker river, Washington state, following its capital investment in a prize-winning “floating surface collector” as a key step in migrating salmon being able to bypass dams.

Dam good celebrations
26 May, 2009
IWP&DC invited member countries of ICOLD to join in with our 60th anniversary edition, and help celebrate the international construction of dams over the past 60 years. So which dam did the following ICOLD committees believe to be their country’s most important since 1949?

Highlighting hydro developments
15 May, 2009
Members of the hydro industry reflect on the major developments in the industry over the past six decades and comment on important issues for the future

NHA gives awards for US waters stewardship
13 May, 2009
The US National Hydropower Association (NHA) has given awards for US waters stewardship to Puget Sound Energy (PSE), New York Power Authority (NYPA), Yuba County Water Agency and TransCanada.

NHA welcomes Govt boost for hydro, pumped storage
04 March, 2009
The National Hydropower Association (NHA) has welcomed US Government's recognition of the importance of pumped storage (PS) to the wider development of grid-connected renewable energy resources, and its support for hydroelectric generation in the economic stimulus package approved by Congress.

Gaining through training
17 February, 2009
The International Centre for Hydropower (ICH) was established in 1995 as a hydro power portal in Norway. Its main focus is to raise standards of competence for industry personnel in both developed and developing countries. Carole M Rosenlund gives an overview of ICH’s current course programme

A welcome return for hydro
28 January, 2009
The Scottish government is working hard to claim the title as the green energy capital of Europe. In recent years the pace of hydroelectric development has slowed, but publication of a new study has established hydro’s important role in fulfilling this ambition. There is now tremendous enthusiasm to ensure that Scotland’s hydro power legacy lives on. Suzanne Pritchard reports

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