Pumped Storage Hydro

(Sponsored content) Innovative applications to old technology hold the promise of developing a “water battery” that captures and stores energy, offering an environmentally friendly alternative to large battery plants as support systems to renewable energy projects. The concept of a “water battery” is a new innovation that builds on a proven technology — pumped-storage hydro...
Jobs and People

Forbes released its third annual ranking of the best employers for women in the U.S., and six utilities with hydropower in their portfolios were named: Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, Exelon, National Grid USA, Dominion Energy and American Electric Power. Companies have made considerable progress in their quest for gender parity over the years, Forbes said,...
Pumped Storage Hydro

Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) has engaged design and engineering firm SMEC to provide detailed engineering and project management services on the 500-MW Kundah Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in India. State agency Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. (TANGEDCO) is the project proponent and asset owner. The project, in the Nilgiris hills of...
Dam Design and Construction

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input on the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Reclamation proposes raising the 600-foot-tall Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet, which would increase water storage capacity in Shasta Lake by 634,000 acre-feet or more than 200 billion gallons. “We are pleased...
FERC News

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee has made it clear all year that he is stepping down from the regulatory body. He finally gave the exact date of his exit. In a Twitter post and statement on the FERC website, McNamee revealed September 4 will be his last day on the job. “Since I announced...
Technology and Equipment

Energy Cast is a podcast featuring some of the top experts across all links in the energy industry chain, including hydropower, renewables, generation and more! Jay Dauenhauer created the show and has been hosting Energy Cast for several years. I’m a huge hydroelectric supporter and always disagree with the notion that U.S. hydropower potential is...
Jobs and People

The Tennessee Valley Authority is immediately rescinding a decision to lay off Information Technology (IT) workers as part of a restructuring process announced earlier this year, on the heels of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to Hire American. On Monday, Aug. 3, Trump said he was “taking firm, disciplinary action against the leadership of...
Finance

Multiple news agencies are reporting that Boyce Hydro LLC and Boyce Hydro Power LLC have filed for bankruptcy, citing court records filed July 31. Boyce Hydro owns the Edenville and Sanford dams in Michigan, which failed in May, along with the Secord and Smallwood dams, on the Tittabawassee River in Midland and Gladwin counties. MLive...