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Call for abstracts: HydroVision International 2011

The Oct. 29 deadline to submit an abstract for HydroVision International 2011 in California is approaching. To submit an abstract for HydroVision International 2011, the year's largest gathering of hydropower professionals, click here.
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Brazil plans hydropower auctions for 3,700 MW of new capacity
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazil may sell rights to construct at least 3,700 MW of energy capacity before the end of this year as it auctions off as many as 10 new hydropower projects, the country's energy research corporation reports.
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RES Part XIV: The Return of the mandate
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After a year of ups and downs in the political arena, a bill proposing a renewable energy standard (RES) is re-introduced in the Senate. The RES will require utilities nation-wide to procure 15 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2015. For more information, click here.
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Energy Secretary Chu: U.S. must lead race to develop clean energy, including hydropower
BUTTE, Mont. -- Leading the worldwide race to develop clean-energy technology would benefit state economies and the national economy, while helping to lessen the United States' dependence on oil, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu says during an address at the recent Montana Economic Development Summit.
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Aboitiz launches Sibulan hydro plant in Philippines
SANTA CRUZ, Philippines -- Aboitiz Power Corp. begins full operations its 42.5-MW Sibulan hydroelectric power project in Davao del Sur, Philippines. For more information, click here.
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Technology & Equipment
Copel to start construction of Cavernoso II hydro project in January
CURITIBA, Brazil -- Brazilian utility Copel will begin construction of its 19.5-MW Cavernoso II small hydro plant in January 2011.
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Upgrading controls reduces unit downtime
To reduce time needed to troubleshoot operational problems and to get units back on line quickly at seven of its eight hydro plants, Sacramento Municipal Utility District is converting to programmable logic controllers from hard-wired, relay-based logics.
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In Focus
Power Machines to equip Zhigulevskaya hydropower plant in Russia
MOSCOW, Russia -- OJSC Power Machines signs a contract with RusHydro to supply nine hydropower units to Zhigulevskaya hydroelectric power station on the Volga River in Russia. For more information, click here.
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R&D Forum: Glen Canyon Dam experiment shows beneficial results
Resources along the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park benefit from a high-flow experiment conducted in March 2008 from Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Ariz.
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GDF Suez, Acea reach agreement on restructuring partnership in hydro, other interests
PARIS, France -- GDF Suez and Acea Spa reach a preliminary agreement on the restructuring of the partnership between the two companies. The restructuring would include GDF Suez gaining control of all hydropower assets owned by Acea.
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