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Brenda Burman, commissioner of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, has named a new chief engineer: David Raff, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE. The chief engineer role dates to the beginning of Reclamation in 1902. The position was out of use for several decades, but Reclamation has “recreated this historic position for the 21st Century.”...
Rehabilitation and Repair

ENEE, the state power company in Honduras, says the potential environmental and social impact of the planned US$37 million overhaul of the 300-MW Francisco Morazán hydro complex (also called El Cajon) would be low to moderate. ENEE just released the project’s environmental and social evaluation and environmental management plan, according to BNamericas. Francisco Morazán is on the...
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More than half of the renewable capacity added in 2019 achieved lower power costs than the cheapest new coal plants, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2019. On average, new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind power cost less than keeping many existing coal plants...
HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram Just one benefit, but an important one, of attending HYDROVISION International 2020 is the opportunity to earn 10 professional development hours (PDH) as a full conference delegate. HYDROVISION International is the world’s largest gathering of hydro industry professionals. It features 80 summit and knowledge hub sessions with about 300 speakers and more...
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The COVID-19 pandemic shows how “more than ever, the reliable, resilient and cost-effective delivery of electrical energy is critical for our society.” That’s according to Frank Lambert, president of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and principal research engineer at Georgia Tech’s Center for Distributed Energy. Lambert was speaking following the publication by the IEEE...
Research and Development

A new study has mapped the potential of solar-wind-water strategies for West Africa, a region where power grids are anticipated to greatly expand in the coming years. The study, Smart renewable electricity portfolios in West Africa, published in the scientific journal Nature Sustainability, explores how hydropower plants can support solar and wind power’s unpredictable and intermittent...
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In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past decade as well as growth in renewable...
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The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has signed an implementation agreement with Xcel Energy – Colorado, paving the way for the company’s participation in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) in 2022. The agreement also provides participation for other Joint Dispatch Agreement (JDA) members: Black Hills Energy Colorado Electric, Colorado Springs Utilities and Platte River...