Job Transitions

Development of an online model to assist with hydro operator training should help Portland General Electric ensure reliable operation of its West Side Hydroelectric Project. By Christopher Goodell, Nathan Katz and Balaji Kannan Portland General Electric’s (PGE) West Side Hydroelectric (WSH) Project in Oregon consists of six dams on the Clackamas River that impound water...
Marine Energy

By Jennifer Runyon In a session called “Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies,” at the recent POWERGEN Europe event, three different tidal energy solution providers delivered the message that tidal energy has a place in the energy mix of tomorrow. Drew Braxland, director with Atlantis Turbines and Engineering Services, gave the audience a glimpse at the Raz...
Small Hydro

Boralex Inc. has announced the commercial commissioning of its 16-MW Yellow Falls hydroelectric station, under the terms of a price-indexed power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for a period of 40 years. The station is located on the Mattagami River about 20 km south of Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. “It’s with...
Business

Deep disparities define today’s energy world, the International Energy Agency says, citing a variety of examples: The dissonance between well-supplied oil markets and growing geopolitical tensions and uncertainties. The gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions in line with international climate...
Finance

Genex Power Limited says that the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) board has extended the date of its offer of long-term concessional loan funding for the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project to June 30, 2020. In a press release, Genex Chief Executive Officer James Harding says, “We are progressing the restructuring of the transaction...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary permit to Grid Balance Hydropower LLC for the proposed 400-MW Packer-Banks Pumped Storage Project, to be located in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The proposed project would consist of: New 9,500-foot-long, 80- to 120-foot-high roller-compacted concrete and/or rockfill dam or dike forming an upper reservoir with a total...
Dam Safety

The Associated Press has published an article about its “more than two-year investigation” into the condition of dams across the U.S. AP says it obtained federal data and reports under state open records laws, and its review “identified 1,688 high-hazard dams rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition as of last year in 44 states and...