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...
Small Hydro

B.Grimm Power PCL officially opened the 16.8-MW Nam Che 1 small hydropower plant in Lao PDR in late November 2019. The run-of-river hydro project is on the Nam Che River in the Xaisomboun province and was estimated to cost US$49 million to develop. Construction began in 2017, and the commercial operation date was June 2019....
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...
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...