HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram Qualifying members of the hydroelectric power sector are again eligible to take part in the Power Producer Training Program, giving them discounted access to HYDROVISION International 2020. The program is open to all those who work for eligible power producers, including: Utilities Independent power producers Municipalities Government agencies Crown corporations Rural and municipal...
Jobs and People

Utilities that are operating hydroelectric assets worldwide know their facilities are critical infrastructure as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. And the personnel who keep these facilities operational are equally critical. As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports, the “critical infrastructure workforce” includes: “Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the...
Jobs and People

After five years as president and chief executive officer, Éric Martel announced that he is leaving Hydro-Québec to become president and CEO of plane and train manufacturer Bombardier, starting April 6. “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Éric Martel. Under his leadership, customer satisfaction improved significantly and the company adopted an approach...
Turbines and Mechanical Components

Thordon Bearings reports it has completed bearing and filtration system upgrades to the 7.8-MW Swift Rapids hydropower station, the oldest and largest of Orillia Power Generation Corporations’ generating stations. Swift Rapids is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway, about 32 km north of Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Two of the plant’s three 2.6-MW horizontal Kaplan-type turbines are...
Finance

To allocate enough capital to drive the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy, a set of financial solutions need to be developed and taken advantage of by policymakers, investors and financial institutions. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has recently published a series of renewable energy finance briefs looking at tools to scale up renewables. Renewable energy finance:...
Rehabilitation and Repair

The World Bank has released a new publication: Operation and Maintenance Strategies for Hydropower: Handbook for Practitioners and Decision Makers. The World Bank says this handbook “seeks to raise awareness among utility managers, decision makers and other stakeholders of the importance and benefits of developing robust operation and maintenance strategies for existing and greenfield hydropower...