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Baihetan hydropower plant hits milestone for electricity generation
20 May, 2022
The 16GW Baihetan hydropower project in China – the largest hydroelectric project currently under construction – has exceeded 10 billion kWh so far this year, a major step in China's efforts to achieve energy self-sufficiency and green energy goals.

Carolina Rinfret new President and CEO of WaterPower Canada
19 May, 2022
WaterPower Canada has appointed Carolina Rinfret as its new president and chief executive officer.

Voith Hydro announces extension to Diagnostic Services portfolio
19 May, 2022
Voith Hydro is extending its Diagnostic Services portfolio as a result of recent product optimisations and developments, and is introducing a new product family.

FEMA commits $33 million for dam safety
18 May, 2022
The Biden Adminstration, through FEMA, is committing $33 million for two funding opportunities to enhance dam safety efforts across the US, with $15 million coming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Berea College building second hydro facility
18 May, 2022
Building on the success of the Matilda Hamilton Fee Hydroelectric Station at Lock 12 on the Kentucky River, Berea College has announced it is partnering with Appalachian Hydro Associates to construct a second hydropower plant 35 miles upstream at Lock and Dam 14 near Heidelberg in Lee County.

Drax submits planning application to expand Cruachan facility in Scotland
17 May, 2022
Plans are being submitted today by Drax that will double generating capacity at its Cruachan pumped storage project in Scotland.

Sustainable hydropower in Commonwealth countries boosted with new partnership
16 May, 2022
The Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Hydropower Association (IHA) have signed an agreement that is set to advance sustainable hydropower in member countries, in line with the Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Transition Agenda.

Reports says 2021 was record breaking year for dam removal in Europe
16 May, 2022
At least 239 barriers were removed from rivers in 2021 by practitioners from 17 European countries, making it a record-breaking year for dam removal on the continent, a new report says.

Strabag selected for Coire Glas exploratory works
13 May, 2022
After a rigorous tendering process, SSE Renewables has selected Strabag UK to undertake the exploratory works for the 150MW Coire Glas project in Scotland, the first large-scale pumped hydro storage scheme to be built in the UK for more than 30 years.

Biden-Harris Administration announces $240 million to repair aging water infrastructure
13 May, 2022
The US Department of the Interior has received an investment of $240.4 million for infrastructure repairs in fiscal year 2022 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. To be facilitated through the Bureau of Reclamation, work will include significant repairs on canal linings, dam spillways and water pipeline replacements.

World's first 600 r/min pumped storage unit in commercial operation
13 May, 2022
The world’s first reversible pumped storage unit with 600 r/min and 350 has been successfully placed into operation at the Changlongshan pumped storage plant in E Zhejiang Province, China, Voith Hydro has announced.

First floating tidal power delivered to Nova Scotia grid
11 May, 2022
Ocean energy firm Sustainable Marine today announced it has delivered the first floating in-stream tidal power to Nova Scotia’s grid, successfully harnessing the enormous tidal currents in Canada’s Bay of Fundy.

Aquantis first US developer to physically test at EMEC site
11 May, 2022
California-based tidal energy developer Aquantis Inc is set to become the first US ocean energy developer to physically test at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) after signing a berth agreement for a six-month programme in 2023.

Tidal array build-out plans launched for Faroe Islands
10 May, 2022
Marine energy developer Minesto has launched a detailed plan for large-scale build-out of tidal energy arrays in the Faroe Islands, with the plan including four new verified sites that would supply 40% of the nation’s growing electricity consumption, enabling the Faroe Islands to reach its policy goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Final forensic report released on Michigan dam failures
09 May, 2022
The independent forensic team (IFT) investigating the failures of the Edenville and Sanford Dams in Michigan, US, on 19 May 2020 has released its final forensic report, finding that the physical mechanism of the failure of Edenville Dam was static liquefaction (sudden loss of soil strength) in a section of the embankment, which resulted in instability failure of the downstream slope and then breach of the reservoir through the dam.

Cable crane dismantling starts at Baihetan, China
09 May, 2022
Dismantling has started on the cable cranes at the 16GW Baihetan hydropower station in China, China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) has announced.

New pumped hydro and green hydrogen project planned for Queensland, Australia
06 May, 2022
Australian renewable energy firm Sunshine Hydro has announced details of its plans to build a $2 billion pumped hydro and green hydrogen project within the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone.

GE led consortium to upgrade Itaipu hydro plant in Brazil and Paraguay
06 May, 2022
A consortium led by GE Renewable Energy’s hydropower business will be responsible for the technological upgrade of the 14GW Itaipu hydropower plant on the Paraná River between Brazil and Paraguay.

LHDA launches procurement of a programme management unit for Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II
05 May, 2022
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has launched procurement activities for a Programme Management Unit (PMU) for management, oversight and reporting during implementation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Bidding documents are anticipated to be advertised shortly for the services to commence in early 2023.

Kitcisakik and Hydro-Québec launch Animiki Ickote project
05 May, 2022
Hydro-Québec and the Conseil des Anicinapek de Kitcisakik have announced details of a project to connect the village currently located along Dozois reservoir in Quebec, Canada, to Hydro-Québec’s grid. The project is called Animiki Ickote, which means “electricity” in Anishnabe, and is expected to take 36 to 48 months to complete.

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