Pumped Storage Hydro

(Sponsored content) Innovative applications to old technology hold the promise of developing a “water battery” that captures and stores energy, offering an environmentally friendly alternative to large battery plants as support systems to renewable energy projects. The concept of a “water battery” is a new innovation that builds on a proven technology — pumped-storage hydro...
Jobs and People

Forbes released its third annual ranking of the best employers for women in the U.S., and six utilities with hydropower in their portfolios were named: Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, Exelon, National Grid USA, Dominion Energy and American Electric Power. Companies have made considerable progress in their quest for gender parity over the years, Forbes said,...
FERC News

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee has made it clear all year that he is stepping down from the regulatory body. He finally gave the exact date of his exit. In a Twitter post and statement on the FERC website, McNamee revealed September 4 will be his last day on the job. “Since I announced...
Jobs and People

The Tennessee Valley Authority is immediately rescinding a decision to lay off Information Technology (IT) workers as part of a restructuring process announced earlier this year, on the heels of President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to Hire American. On Monday, Aug. 3, Trump said he was “taking firm, disciplinary action against the leadership of...
Finance

Multiple news agencies are reporting that Boyce Hydro LLC and Boyce Hydro Power LLC have filed for bankruptcy, citing court records filed July 31. Boyce Hydro owns the Edenville and Sanford dams in Michigan, which failed in May, along with the Secord and Smallwood dams, on the Tittabawassee River in Midland and Gladwin counties. MLive...
Finance

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Abuja-based Konexa for a feasibility study that will evaluate Nigeria’s access to reliable, privately generated renewable energy. Konexa intends to develop up to 2.5MW of solar PV energy to serve grid and under-grid customers. The company also plans to incorporate 30MW of hydropower...
Jobs and People

In remarks issued Aug. 3, during signing of an executive order to Hire American, U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced he is “taking firm, disciplinary action against the leadership of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has sadly and cruelly betrayed American workers.” Trump said that Jeffrey Lyash, chief executive officer of TVA, “recently … made...
Dam Safety

Black & Veatch announces that John Bianco has joined the company as civil works program manager. Climate change, shifting population demographics and an increasing focus on resiliency are reshaping infrastructure initiatives across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Bianco has joined Black & Veatch to better support USACE as it strives to meet these...