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Obama names Iowa Democrat John R. Norris to FERC
WASHINGTON -- President Obama nominated Iowa Democrat John R. Norris to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 11, 2009, to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of former Chairman Joseph Kelliher, a Republican.
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New Development
China halts Jinsha River projects, begins environmental review
BEIJING -- China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has halted construction of two major hydroelectric projects on the Jinsha River for inadequate environmental reviews and launched a review of plans to build other hydro plants on the Jinsha.
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UPDATE - Brazil environmental agency clears 3,300-MW Jirau
BRASILIA -- Brazil’s environmental agency granted a license June 3, 2009, to the 3,300-MW Jirau hydroelectric project, allowing stalled work to resume at the construction site on the Madeira River.
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Developers propose 42 wave, tidal projects for U.K.’s Pentland Firth
LONDON -- The United Kingdom's Crown Estate received 42 wave and tidal power project proposals from 20 bidders competing for sites in Scotland's Pentland Firth.
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Ontario utility advances 100-MW Little Jackfish River
THUNDER BAY, Ontario, Canada -- Ontario Power Generation has launched an environmental assessment of a 100-MW hydroelectric project proposed for the Little Jackfish River north of Lake Nipigon.
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Technology & Equipment
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Austria's Verbund breaks ground for Albania’s 48-MW Ashta
TIRANA, Albania -- With Albania Prime Minister Sali Berisha in attendance, Austrian utility Verbund and SPV Energji Ashta broke ground for construction of the 48-MW Ashta hydropower plant on Albania’s Drin River in Shkoder District.
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Sticky Wicket
Solution for Sealing Stoplogs
To seal leaking stoplogs at its six hydro stations on the Winnipeg River, Manitoba Hydro uses Hydro-Lite blast furnace slag. This product seals the stoplogs, minimizing the leakage, and is more environmentally friendly than the cinders from steam locomotives previously used for this purpose.
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In Focus
Alstom Hydro licenses tidal technology from Clean Current Power
WASHINGTON -- Hydro equipment manufacturer Alstom Hydro has signed a technology licensing agreement with Clean Current Power Systems Inc., a Canadian developer of hydrokinetic tidal energy technology.
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Andritz to supply eight turbine-generators to Brazil’s 3,300-MW Jirau
PORTO VELHO, Brazil -- Andritz Hydro announced it received an order to supply eight bulb-type turbine-generators for the 3,300-MW Jirau hydroelectric project on the Madeira River in Brazil's Rondonia State.
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Tech Briefs: Sturgeon passage facility installed at White Rapids
A prototype fish passage entrance channel designed to pass lake sturgeon and other fish is operating at We Energies’ 7.1-MW White Rapids project on the Menominee River in Wisconsin.
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Directions in Hydropower
World Bank outlines priorities for sustainable hydro development
WASHINGTON -- Acknowledging a sharp change in direction from the 1990s, the World Bank is emphasizing a growing role for sustainable hydropower to bring both energy and water resources benefits to the developing world.
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