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The National Hydropower Association says that due to the impacts and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have decided to cancel Waterpower Week in Washington 2020 and postpone the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) to 2021. In a statement on its website, NHA said: “As you know, the safety of our staff and attendees...
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What are some of the current trends that are helping the hydropower industry advance in North America? Bill Malus, senior vice president and chief sales officer for Voith North America, says digitalization and automation are two key trends he sees in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Digitalization and automation are important to help improve the...
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Aluminum producer China Hongqiao Group Limited is selling its coal-fired power generation assets to Shandong Guoxu New Energy Co. as part of a plan to move its manufacturing bases to Yunnan Province to take advantage of low-cost hydroelectric resources. The board announced March 18, 2020, that it had entered into the Assets Transfer Agreement, for...
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The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation has temporarily suspended public visitation to Hoover Dam because of an inability to implement “social distancing” standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Reclamation says Hoover Dam and the associated 2,078-MW hydro powerhouse, including the visitor center...
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African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa will now run from 24-26 November 2020, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa Following the South African Government’s announcement of a national state of disaster and subsequent ban on public gatherings of over 100 people, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarion Events Africa (formerly Spintelligent) is rescheduling African Utility...
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As of March 6, according to the Asian Development Bank, the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak affects the People’s Republic of Chia and other developing Asian economies through numerous channels, including sharp declines in domestic demand, lower tourism and business travel, trade and production linkages, supply disruptions and health effects. What could be the magnitude of...
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The Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) have entered into exclusive negotiations to transfer the 2-MW Phoenix Hydroelectric Project from PG&E to TUD ownership. Under the proposed agreement, TUD would acquire the Phoenix Powerhouse, the Main Tuolumne Canal, the pre- and post-1914 water rights, the Lyons Dam and Reservoir, and...
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By Vakhtang Ghonghadze Few power plants in the world are championed for their visual aesthetics. Fewer still can claim the title of cultural heritage site. Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in the U.S. and London’s Battersea Power Station are perhaps two exceptions proving the rule that power plants are there to be used, not...