Small Hydro

Pacific Power has completed work on its 22-kW Wallowa Falls small hydro plant and will hold an open house on Sept. 28. The turbine-generator unit is located in a small log cabin nestled amongst the campgrounds, snow-capped mountains and gleaming waters of Wallowa Lake State Park. The powerhouse, which contains a Canyon Pelton wheel and...
Job Transitions

Kim de Rubertis passed away Sept. 7. He was 81. De Rubertis had a degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and was licensed to practice civil and geological engineering, as well as engineering geology and hydrogeology. He worked in engineering for 59 years, 44 of those years in private practice as...
Dam Safety

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has received the 2019 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award for Buckeye Lake Dam from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) determined the nearly 200-year-old earthen dam at Buckeye Lake to be at risk for catastrophic...
Dam Design and Construction

Although opinions differ, it is generally accepted that the Upper Midwest of the U.S. is the birthplace of modern hydropower. The first hydropower plant to operate was installed in Michigan in 1880, and in 1882, the first hydro facility to serve private and commercial customers began operating in Wisconsin. According to the Minnesota Department of...
Job Transitions

In recognition of the widely acknowledged, multiple studies that show that organizations with gender equality perform better financially, this year POWERGEN International, along with partner UL, is launching a new awards program that seeks out women of good character. The Excellence in Character Awards (formerly, Woman of the Year Award) will be given to members of the...
Business & Finance

Ten utility CEOs from Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Malawi and Rwanda have confirmed their attendance at the Utility CEO Forum: East Africa 2019 that is taking place during the upcoming Future Energy East Africa conference and exhibition at the KICC in Nairobi from 17-18 September. The forum is a closed, by-invitation-only meeting for utility CEOs...
Business

Ferroglobe PLC announces it has completed and closed the previously announced sale of its 100% interest in subsidiary FerroAtlantica, S.A.U. to investment vehicles affiliated with TPG Sixth Street Partners.  The FerroAtlantica assets transferred include 10 hydroelectric power plants with a combined capacity of about 167 MW and the Cee-Dumbria ferroalloys factory, all located in the province...
Business & Finance

The appointment of Malcolm Woolf, as president and chief executive officer of the National Hydropower Association was officially announced to the HydroVision International 2019 attendees during the opening keynote session. Woolf has decades of experience in the energy and environment field, with stints with the Advanced Energy Economy, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, the National Governors...
Business

Malaysia’s energy minister today vowed to embrace the energy transition and deliver the necessary government incentives to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to her country. Delivering the keynote speech at POWERGEN Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Yeo Bee Yin said that “energy is an enabler for economic development. Energy is not about creating profits –...