New Development

Alaska Power & Telephone Company (AP&T) has announced that its 2019 results will include a pretax charge of about $10.5 million to $11.5 million, or $8.30 to $9.10 per share, for estimated cost increases on the 5-MW Hiilangaay Hydropower Project. The company says the project has “experienced a number of construction challenges” since it began...
Job Transitions

Sophie Hackford is clear that she doesn’t see her role as a futurist to be one where she makes predictions about the future. Instead, she tries to force people to think about how technology that exists today — but is in use in other industries — could soon impact their operations. “The future of the...
Finance

By Pamela Largue The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved an €8 million (US$8.9 million) grant drawn from the European Union’s Africa Investment Platform (EU-AIP) to support the preparation of the 287-MW Ruzizi IV Hydropower Project. The plant will be situated on the Ruzizi River between Rwanda and the Democratic...
Job Transitions

Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) announces that Jeff Leahey has joined the firm as a vice president. Previously, Leahey served as executive vice president for government affairs of the National Hydropower Association (NHA). “Jeff is one of the nation’s leading advocates on hydropower and marine energy,” said SMI Chief Operating Officer Bill McCann. “He understands the...
Marine Energy

Ocean Renewable Power Company Inc. (ORPC) announces that current  director Stuart Davies will succeed Chris Sauer as the company’s chief executive officer. Sauer’s retirement is effective Jan. 17, and Davies will begin his new role Jan. 20. Under Sauer’s leadership, ORPC developed its proprietary marine renewable energy technology from an initial concept to a proven renewable energy product, the RivGen® Power System. The...
Business

The law firms of Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have agreed to merge effective April 1, 2020. The new law firm, called Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, or Troutman Pepper, will have 1,100 attorneys in 23 offices across the U.S. The announcement follows a vote by both firms’ partnerships. Troutman Sanders was founded in 1897...
Small Hydro

BNDES, Brazil’s state-run development bank, has approved a loan for BRL95 million (US$23.3 million) to finance the 14-MW Nova Guaporé small hydropower (SHP) plant. According to BNamericas, the project will be owned by local group Polimix. “Nova Guaporé SHP complies with the national energy plan as it is the generation of renewable hydraulic energy and...
Dam Safety

Éric Martel, chief executive officer of Hydro-Quebec, and Gaëtan Thomas, CEO of NB Power, have signed three agreements related to electricity supply, technical collaboration on refurbishment of the 660-MW Mactaquac hydroelectric generating station, and the construction of additional interconnections between the two provinces. The agreements were signed at the Mactaquac station, near Fredericton in New...
Job Transitions

Ken Hartwick, president and chief executive officer of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), will be speaking during the Thursday morning utility executive roundtable session at HYDROVISION International 2020. As one of the largest and most diverse clean power producers in North America, OPG owns and operates a generating portfolio consisting of 66 hydroelectric, two nuclear, and...