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Mule Train Used to Haul Equipment to Remote California Hydro Plant


There are no roads leading to SMUD’s 688-MW Upper American River Project hydroelectric system, so recent projects at Rubicon Dam and Buck Island Reservoir saw SMUD engineers and contractors join 20 pack mules and their four handlers on a more than 6-mile trek with three tons of construction equipment, tools and camping supplies.

Mexico Had More Than 54 GW of Electric Generating Capacity in 2014


Power generation is growing in Mexico with more than three-quarters of the nation’s electricity and capacity coming from fossil fuels, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Sept. 21.

Swedish Utility Vattenfall Sells German Coal Plants


Vattenfall AB says it is selling off its German coal plants, a major source of greenhouse gases, and its mining assets as the Swedish utility seeks to adjust its energy strategy.

Hydropower tops power generating sources in Canada, report says


Hydropower will continue to be the dominant power generation source in Canada over the next ten years, according to a report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.

NY to give low-cost electricity to Amazon, Bausch & Lomb


New York state is giving low-cost electricity to 15 businesses around the state as part of a program to use affordable power as an economic development tool.

Corps of Engineers approves GGB bearings for hydropower turbines


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has approved GGB Bearing Technology’s new HPMB™ filament-wound bearings for use in hydropower turbine wicket gates.

Hillary Clinton calls for dramatic increase in renewable power


In a proposal released Sunday evening, Hillary Clinton announced that if she is elected president she will push for two national goals to combat climate change

In Iowa, Clinton says climate plan will promote renewables


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says climate change is real and people are "just not paying attention" if they don't acknowledge it.

DNR wants to expand projects that don't require analysis


The state Department of Natural Resources wants to permanently expand the list of projects that don't require an environmental analysis, including air pollution permits, decisions affecting factory farms and dam repairs.

Construction begins on Mexico wind power project


Enel Green Power started construction on a 100-MW wind energy farm in Mexico.

TVA wants more renewables & natural gas in energy plan


The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it could use more renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency, according to the final 2015 Integrated Resource Plan.

Minnesota Power to end operations at coal-fired power plant


Minnesota Power, a unit of Allete (NYSE ALE), said it planned to cease operations at a coal-fired power plant by the end of 2020.

Massachusetts Gov. Baker files hydropower bill


Hydroelectric power would become a more prominent piece of the state's energy puzzle under a proposal filed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

As renewable energy debate heated up, firms doubled lobbying


As Massachusetts has increased its reliance on solar, wind and other sources of renewable power over the past decade, companies specializing in alternative energy have begun flexing their political muscles on Beacon Hill.

Hassan signs law allowing sale of former PSNH power plants


Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a plan allowing New Hampshire's largest utility to sell its fleet of power plants.

Feds close to wrapping up $40M replacement of dam turbines


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is wrapping up a project to replace the giant turbines that produce electricity at Glen Canyon Dam.

Hydropower Continues to Brighten U.S. Renewable Energy


In April, hundreds from the world of water power gathered in Washington, D.C. for the National Hydropower Association's annual conference.

Idaho Power submits 20-year plan to Idaho and Oregon


Idaho Power officials say a key part of the company's plan for supplying a growing number of customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon over the next two decades is maintaining 17 hydroelectric projects.

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada secures EPC contract with Petawawa Renewable Power


Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. has signed an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract with Petawawa Renewable Power Corp. — a developer of Ontario renewable energy projects — for three 500KW/ 600 KW projects under the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and IESO's Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) programs.

On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems


When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was "in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources."