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Cannellton groundbreaking
AMP breaks ground on Ohio River hydro plant
HAWESVILLE, Ky., U.S. -- Off the banks of the Ohio River near this small Kentucky town, a crane and its giant metal claw are busy placing several tons of rocks and boulders on the river bottom.
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New Development
Province ruling hits BC Hydro call for power, advances 900-MW Site C
VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada -- In a ruling labeled shocking by one energy group, the British Columbia Utilities Commission rejected part of BC Hydro’s long-term acquisition plan for renewable energy. However, the regulator did approve advancing the study of the 900-MW Peace River Site C hydro project and expansion of the 1,792-MW Mica hydro project.
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DOE providing loan guarantees for hydropower
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. -- Up to $30 billion in loan guarantees will be made available to companies investing in new renewable energy projects, including hydropower, under plans announced July 29, 2009, by the Obama Administration.
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FERC, Interior issue guide on Outer Continental Shelf hydrokinetics
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Interior Department issued a guidance document Aug. 4, 2009, on regulation of hydrokinetic project development on the Outer Continental Shelf.
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Hydro plants eligible for stimulus payments
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury and Energy departments announced the opening of an Internet-based application system for companies to apply for $3 billion in government funds for renewable energy projects including some hydropower and ocean energy projects.
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Technology & Equipment
Latin bank approves funding for Venezuela’s 2,320-MW Manuel Piar
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Inter-American Development Bank has approved an US$800 million supplementary loan for construction of the 2,320-MW Manuel Piar (Tocoma) hydroelectric project on Venezuela’s Caroni River.
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Three more giant turbines sail to Russia’s 3,000-MW Boguchanskaya
MOSCOW -- Equipment supplier JSC Power Machines of Russia sent another three giant hydropower turbines on a month-long voyage by sea and river to the 3,000-MW Boguchanskaya hydroelectric project being built on Russia’s Angara River.
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GE completes control upgrade at Hawaiian plant
KAUAI, Hawaii, U.S. -- The 4-MW Wainiha hydro plant in Kauai, Hawaii, is now operating with Mark VIe digital controls and a new hydraulic system supplied by GE Energy’s Control Solutions business.
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In Focus
ABB wins $540 million hydropower deal in Brazil
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Swiss company ABB will provide the technology for the world’s largest transmission link, a 2,500-kilometer “power highway” linking two new hydropower plants in Brazil with Sao Paulo.
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Showcase: Flow Science releases new FLOW-3D software
Flow Science Inc. offers a distributed memory version of its FLOW-3D computational fluid dynamics software.
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Moeller: The time is now for hydropower
WASHINGTON -- Commissioner Philip Moeller, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, urged America’s hydropower industry to get front and center in the debate over comprehensive energy policy on Capitol Hill.
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