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Hydro Roundup: The most popular news stories of 2017

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2017 was a big year in the global hydropower industry, and the editors at HydroWorld.com did their best to keep you up to date with this flurry of activity.

We know what WE see as big stories, but what do our readers really want to know about? Apparently, they are very interested in dam safety issues, along with pumped storage. In fact, the most-read story of the below was September’s Nam Ao Dam article.

Below is a list of the top stories (based on the most readership) posted on HydroWorld for every month in 2017:

January:

Study reveals effects of hydropower projects in China on Mekong River

February:

Update: Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway suffers erosion, nearby residents evacuated

March:

Ethiopia says planned attack on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam stopped

April:

Two UK companies will develop marine energy in Indonesia

May:

Wyden announces Clean Energy for America Act

June:

Oroville dam situation leads state to order in-depth assessment of more than 50 dams

July:

PowerChina signs EPC deal for Philippines’ 500-MW Wawa pumped storage plant

August:

CTGC begins construction on the 16-GW Baihetan hydropower station in Southwest China

September:

Nam Ao Dam in Laos burst last week

October:

Scenario in study for pumped storage hydropower in Virginia indicates estimated cost at US$2 billion

November:

Deadly Iran-Iraq earthquake damages Darbandikhan Dam

December:

CEO of hydro developer Ethiopian Electric Power named Power Generation Woman of the Year

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