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Blogs 2013 P2

  • 10/01/2013 -- Bridging the gap
    This last week, I had the privilege of attending the Oregon Wave Energy Trust’s Annual Conference, which was held in beautiful Astoria, Oregon.
  • 10/08/2013 -- Is dam removal really an environmental panacea?
    We report on dam removal fairly regularly on HydroWorld.com, as part of our commitment to bring you comprehensive news on the hydroelectric power industry. Avoiding this particular subset of the industry, despite the overt negative connotations, would be an obvious oversight. Dam removal happens, and we need to talk about it.
  • 10/23/2013 -- I fall dam low on inspiration
    I really enjoy blogging. After nearly 10 years of covering the international hydroelectric industry as an editor (not writer), it’s nice to get the chance to stretch my creative writing muscles once in a while. They’re still a bit stiff and underused, to be honest.
  • 11/20/2013 -- Pumped storage in the spotlight
    I have always found pumped-storage hydropower to be a fascinating technology.
  • 11/08/2013 -- Thoughts on a national renewable portfolio standard
    With a pair of federal renewable portfolio standards submitted to the Senate within just days of each other during the last week of October, I thought it might be a good idea to compare the two in terms of what they would do for the hydropower industry.
  • 11/01/2013 -- Crickets are chirping
    As I mentioned in a previous blog, I see this industry as a perfect mix of expertise and humor. The sense of community is unparalleled, and it’s obvious when you read the comfortable tone we take when chatting with you via this blog.
  • 10/21/2013 -- An Update from Canada
    Not to give too much away, but I'm currently working on an update on the state of hydropower development in Canada for December's issue of Hydro Review magazine.
  • 08/28/2013 -- M.H.K. in the U.S.A.
    Let's rewind a couple of weeks to August 9 -- a date of extreme significance for American hydropower as it marks the date President Barack Obama signed the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act into law.
  • 08/06/2013 -- Going medieval for hydropower
    To the unitard-clad harlequin in Larkspur, Colo. -- I must apologize.
  • 07/31/2013 -- Elected officials support the hydropower industry at HydroVision International 2013
    Although those who work in the hydroelectric industry on a daily basis clearly understand the benefits of this clean, renewable generating technology, it still isn’t getting its just deserts when it comes to legislation. One example is the production tax credits currently available for the development of new renewable electricity generating facilities. Why do wind, geothermal and closed-loop biomass plants get 2.3 cents per kWh while hydro gets only 1.1 cent per kWh? The legislation was originally enacted in 1992 and has been renewed and expanded numerous times. Even so, the January 2013 legislation did not increase the amount paid to hydropower.

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