First Nation to help study Tazi Twe project
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has allocated about US$50,000 to the Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation for its participation in federal environmental assessments of the proposed Tazi Twe hydroelectric project.
The money - provided under CEAA's Participant Funding Program - will allow the First Nation to take part in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on its environmental impact statement and draft environmental assessment report. CEAA uses this program to ensure individuals, non-profit organizations and aboriginal groups are represented during the federal review process.
The 42- to 50-MW Tazi Twe plant is being developed by the Black Lake First Nation and Saskatchewan Power Corp. along Saskatchewan's Fond du Lac River at Elizabeth Falls. The project would include the construction of a water intake, power tunnel, powerhouse, tailrace, submerged weir, construction camp, bridge and access roads.
EPRI adds four members to board of directors
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) named four new members to its Board of Directors in August:
- David Victor, professor, University of California, San Diego;
- Sheryl Carter, co-director, National Resources Defense Council's Energy Program;
- Rebecca Blalock, managing partner, Advisory Capital; and
- Charles G. Pardee, executive vice president and chief generation officer, Tennessee Valley Authority.
Victor directs the university's Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, and his research focuses on how regulatory law affects the environment and operation of major energy markets. Carter promotes the increased development of energy efficiency, renewables and other environmentally sound and economically sustainable energy resources to reduce the public health, environmental and global warming impacts of energy production and use.
Blalock provides insights to companies working in the energy and information technology sectors. She retired from Southern Company, where she most recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer. Pardee is responsible for optimizing TVA's fleet of generation resources - including nuclear, coal, gas, hydroelectric and other renewables - to meet the energy demands of the Tennessee Valley.
Victor, Carter and Blalock will serve four-year terms. TVA will set the duration of service by Pardee.
EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the public benefit.
Projections by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation indicate a release of 7.48 million acre-feet of water from Lake Powell is required from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014. This release, the lowest since Lake Powell was filled in the 1960s, is expected to cause Lake Mead to decrease an additional 8 feet. The Upper Colorado study is at www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/studies/index.html and Lower Colorado study at www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/24mo/index.html.