Utilities that are operating hydroelectric assets worldwide know their facilities are critical infrastructure as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. And the personnel who keep these facilities operational are equally critical.
As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports, the “critical infrastructure workforce” includes: “Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the development, transportation, fuel procurement, expansion, or operation of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, reliability engineers and fleet maintenance technicians.”
We recognize the challenges the hydro industry faces on a variety of fronts: from keeping the energy supply flowing to ensuring worker safety to dealing with ongoing operations and maintenance of aging assets.
We’ve already reported on how COVID-19 can affect the development of new hydroelectric plants globally. Now we want to help those who are working in and maintaining these vital assets on a daily basis.
Hydro Review is planning a webcast soon featuring speakers from several hydro project owners around the world, to learn how they are continuing to operate their plants and dams safely and efficiently in these times of social distancing mandates, travel bans and economic uncertainty.
Discussion topics could include COVID-19 action plans, workforce issues, supply chain challenges, and community outreach. If there are specific topics we can cover to help you do your job better, send me an email and we’ll do our best to include them.
Check back on Hydro Review, as we will post details (including the date and time) and a registration link. The webcast will be recorded and posted on Hydro Review for later viewing, so even if you can’t attend in person, you can gain from the tips shared by our speakers.
NOTE: At this time, our annual HYDROVISION International 2020 event is continuing as scheduled, July 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. In fact, we’ve announced a no-lose proposition to make it easier for people to make plans during these challenging times:
In this unprecedented situation, we recognize that making a commitment, especially a financial commitment to attend this upcoming event, is not an easy one. Therefore, if you register to attend HYDROVISION between now and April 21, you will not only lock in our early bird rates, but if travel bans are still in place or you are unable to make it, we will give you the option to roll over your registration to HYDROVISION 2021 or receive a full refund.