Job Transitions

International Energy Agency says that improving gender diversity in the energy sector is an important measure of success. IEA recently hosted a high-level event focused on how to advance gender diversity in the energy sector to support future workforce needs. The event was chaired by Christyne Tremblay, Canada’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, and Megan...
New Development

The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) in Uganda has lifted its objections to a South African firm conducting a study for a 360-MW hydropower plant at Murchison Falls. According to the tourism ministry, Uganda will approve the feasibility study into building a hydro powerhouse near the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls. This decision comes three months after vowing...
Dam Safety

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center determined that ready access to near-real-time information about flooded roads (via satellite data) could have saved ambulance drivers and other emergency responders an average of nine minutes per emergency response and potential millions of dollars, using the 2011 Southeast Asian floods as a case study. The study is...
New Development

With climate change causing widespread retreat of glaciers, a unique opportunity may arise for future hydropower development, according to the authors of an article recently published by Nature. The authors, with ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, explore the water storage and hydropower potential of areas that...
Environmental

In 2018, clean energy investment across emerging nations was depressed and overall deployment rates of clean energy technologies was flat year-on-year, according to Emerging Markets Outlook 2019, an annual Climatescope survey conducted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. At the same time, coal-fired generation surged in the 104 markets assessed, BloombergNEF said. According to the report,...
Marine Energy

Ocean Energy Systems (OES) is predicting strong advances in ocean energy in 2020, driven by public and private sector funding. The last annual report issued by OES highlights significant international investment, including $25 million pledged by the U.S. Department of Energy to support 12 “next-generation” marine energy projects and Wave Energy Scotland committing £7.7 million...
Small Hydro

The Bui Power Authority announces it has completed work on the 45-kW Tsatsadu Generating Station, which it calls Ghana’s first micro-hydropower plant. The plant, on the Tsatsadu Waterfalls in the Hohoe District of the Volta Region, has the possibility of adding another 45-kW turbine in the future, BPA says. Construction of the facility was completed...
Pumped Storage Hydro

Swedish-owned Ngonyezi Projects has entered into a non-consumptive water use agreement with Zimbabwe National Water Authority, which will see the installation of a 2,000-MWh Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) facility and 300-MW floating solar PV plant. The location of the installation is Osborne Dam on the Odzi River in Manicaland Province. Storage is an essential part...