The near failure of a small dam last year is spurring the U.S. state of Massachusetts to streamline its dam removal process.
Swedish generator Vasterbergslagens Kraft AB (VB Kraft) has named a consortium of Kossler of Austria and Lloyd Dynamowerke of Germany to supply turbine-generator equipment for refurbishment of the 3.6-MW Ludvika hydroelectric project at Ludvika, 240 kilometers from Stockholm.
The New York Power Authority plans to rehabilitate four 33-year-old pump-turbines, motor-generators, and possibly other components at the 1,040-MW Blenheim Gilboa hydro project (No. 2685), adding 120 MW of capacity to the U.S. plant.
E.ON Wasserkraft has awarded a 40 million euro (US$47.5 million) contract to a consortium of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation and Bilfinger Berger of Germany to modernize the 120-MW Waldeck 1 pumped-storage project on the Eder River in Germany's Hesse State.
Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO) has completed feasibility and technical studies for the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower and 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric projects and expects to begin construction this year on the Kafue River.
Chelan County Public Utility District has agreed to sell wholesale power from its 865.76-MW Rocky Reach (No. 2145) and 409.6-MW Rock Island (No. 943) projects to Puget Sound Energy of Bellevue, Wash., which would pay 25 percent of the projects' operations and maintenance costs.
The California Department of Water Resources reported it reached a $1 billion settlement with U.S. and California state agencies and stakeholders supporting the department's relicense application for the 762-MW Feather River project (No. 2100).
Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) awarded a 20.4 million euro (US$24.25 million) contract to VA Tech Hydro to supply and install complete electro-mechanical equipment for the 100-MW Glendoe hydroelectric project at Glendoe, near Loch Ness in Scotland.
Gov. Matt Blunt is calling on the Missouri Legislature to extend state dam regulation to encompass 5,000 structures, including those now regulated by the U.S. government, as well as conservation, irrigation, and agricultural dams.
Government-owned Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) is expected to apply soon for an environmental compliance certificate to develop the 29.1-MW Timbaban hydroelectric project in Madalag in Aklan Province, one of seven hydro sites PNOC is pursuing.