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Senate panel endorses renewables standard including hydropower
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee approved a broad energy package June 17, 2009, that would require utilities to increase the amount of power they obtain from renewable energy sources including some hydropower and ocean energy.
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Construction begins on three Albania hydro projects
TIRANA, Albania -- Austrian utility EVN and Norway's Statkraft began construction June 8, 2009, of three hydroelectric plants totaling 340 MW on Albania’s Devoll River.
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Voith Hydro participates in D.C. green jobs summit
WASHINGTON -- The chief executive of Voith Hydro, York, Pa., represented the hydropower industry June 17, 2009, at a Green Jobs Leadership Summit sponsored by the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.
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Argentina president officiates start of 132-MW Los Caracoles
SAN JUAN, Argentina -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner presided over the start-up June 18, 2009, of the 132-MW Los Caracoles hydroelectric project on Argentina’s San Juan River.
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Technology & Equipment
Seven bids offered to study, design Ecuador’s 4,000-MW Zamora complex
QUITO, Ecuador -- Seven bids were submitted by firms to perform studies and detailed design of the 4,000-MW Zamora hydroelectric complex on Ecuador’s Zamora and Namangoza rivers.
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Solving Thrust Bearing Overheating Problems
For several years, Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) struggled with high temperatures – and subsequent failures – of the thrust bearings of two units at its 907-MW Priest Rapids hydro project. To solve the problem, the utility installed pressure transducers to measure load on the bearings, then used the measurements to more accurately adjust the bearings’ position.
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In Focus
New York restarts third unit at 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa
NORTH BLENHEIM, N.Y., U.S. -- New York Power Authority announced June 17, 2009, it refurbished and returned to service a third unit of the four-unit, 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped-Storage project in the Northern Catskill Mountains of New York.
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Tech Notes: Regulator developed for single-phase generators
A final-year engineering student at Monash University in Australia has designed and built a regulator for a self-exciting single-phase induction generator for a micro-hydro system. In essence, the regulator maintains constant output alternating current (AC) voltage and frequency as system conditions (such as water speed or electrical loading) change, says developer Luke Robinson.
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Asian bank rates Mekong energy sector assistance a success
VIENTIANE, Laos -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) rates as “successful” its aid program to the energy sector in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) of Southeast Asia, including assistance to major hydroelectric projects in the region.
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