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FERC issues new operating license for 1.2-MW Municipal Hydroelectric Project in Virginia


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a new operating license to the city of Radford to continue operation and maintenance of the 1.2-MW Municipal Hydroelectric Project.

Here’s your chance to watch several video interviews with hydro industry influencers


A video studio set up in the exhibit hall at HydroVision International 2019 provided us with a great opportunity to interview many influential and inspirational members of the hydroelectric industry who attended this event.

Australia facing energy reliability challenges says report


A report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is a stark reminder of the reliability challenges facing the country’s National Electricity Market (NEM). 

The digital transformation of the power plant: It's a twin-twin situation


Those utilities with people who are either speaking or helped author the Digital Transformation papers selected by POWERGEN include Duke Energy, Cleco, Enel, AES, Korea South-East and Southern Co.

U.S. women do not feel encouraged to pursue STEM careers – report


Technology and engineering firm Emerson has released the results of a study conducted to understand the skilled workforce gap within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries and how the gap can be addressed.

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority conducting drawdown of four lakes with hydro generation


To help ensure the safety of surrounding communities, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) in Texas has begun a systematic drawdown of the Guadalupe Valley Lakes. Third-party engineering assessments have determined a drawdown is the only available option for minimizing the risks associated with the aging dams.

Video insights from HydroVision International: David Murray with Hydro-Quebec


David Murray, chief operating officer of Hydro-Quebec and president of Hydro-Quebec Production, was a keynote speaker at HydroVision International 2019, where he gave an engaging presentation on environmental challenges and the role of hydropower in keeping our electricity green and low-cost.

University of Notre Dame breaks ground on 2.5-MW hydroelectric generation facility


The University of Notre Dame and South Bend’s Venues Parks & Arts have broken ground on a 2.5-MW hydroelectric generation facility at an existing city-owned dam on the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend, Ind.

SMUD board of directors’ vote signals intent to purchase PG&E’s Chili Bar hydroelectric project


In a joint announcement made by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the SMUD board of directors voted late last week at its regular meeting to approve a resolution signaling intent by SMUD to purchase a PG&E hydroelectric powerhouse and reservoir on the South Fork of the American River.

DEWA awards AED 1.437 billion contract for 250-MW pumped storage station in Hatta


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded an AED1.437 billion (US$391.3 million) construction contract for the 250-MW Hatta pumped-storage hydroelectric power station to a consortium of Strabag Dubai LLC, Strabag AG, Andritz Hydro and Ozkar.

Dam safety work at 92-MW Caribou Falls Generating Station to be complete this year


Ontario Power Generation’s 92-MW Caribou Falls Generating Station is undergoing a major overhaul to correct erosion at its Block Dam #2.

RESOURCECODE to develop marine data toolbox for energy sector


The RESOURCECODE project has been launched to support investment and growth in the wave and tidal energy sector through the creation of an integrated marine data toolbox.

Mark your calendars: August 23 is National Hydropower Day in the U.S.


Next Friday, August 23, has been declared National Hydropower Day in the U.S. by the National Hydropower Association.

Quebec ministry determines fish mortality caused by dissolved gas supersaturation


An investigation by Quebec’s Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change has determined that recent fish kills in the Lievre and Ottawa rivers were caused by dissolved gas supersaturation.

Hydro Review: Vertical Transport of RCC Mix to Build Large Dams in Steep Valleys


This article presents several methods that can be used to transport RCC mix vertically, when building large dams in steep valleys.

Kikagati small hydropower station in Africa achieves financial close


The 14-MW Kikagati hydropower station being built on the border between Uganda and Tanzania has reached financial close, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) announced.

ARENA to provide $40 million funding for South Australia’s first pumped hydro plant


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Australian government, has announced up to $40 million in funding towards the deployment of a pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) project in South Australia.

Opinion: Blackouts will be the new norm in UK without investment in energy storage


A major power outage across the UK last week that left nearly a million homes without electricity and disrupted travel across the rail network was triggered by failures at two large generating facilities operated by RWE, according to a press release from ILI Group.

Former AGL CEO Vesey to head up Pacific Gas & Electric


Vesey has more than 35 years of utility experience, most recently as managing director and CEO of Sydney-based AGL Energy Ltd.

Video highlight: How industry associations are advancing and supporting hydropower


During the opening keynote session at HydroVision International 2019, two videos were shown that provided answers to four important questions, around how hydro associations worldwide are working to advance and support the industry.

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