Dam Safety

The low bid to build a secondary embankment on the Yakima County side of Priest Rapids Dam came in at $33.4 million, almost $13 million less than the engineer’s estimate, reports Managing Director of Power Production Ty Ehrman. The low bidder was IMCO Construction of Ferndale, Wash. Commissioners are expected to vote on awarding the...
Dam Safety

Heavy rains falling in Mississippi are causing concerns, with warnings issued by emergency management officials in Oktibbeha County about potential failure of the dam impounding Okhibbeha County Lake. Severe weather hit the state Jan. 11, and the governor signed a declaration of emergency that day, saying, “The storms have caused damage and high flooding will...
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...
North America

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a bulletin through its National Terrorism Advisory System, related to potential cyberattacks by Iran on U.S. infrastructure, after Iranian IRGC-Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was killed during an air strike by the U.S. A bulletin is intended to “describe[s] current developments or general trends regarding threats of...
Finance

By Elizabeth Ingram The end of the year is the perfect opportunity to look back, to reflect on what has passed, before the new year when we naturally focus on the future. As I reflect on the news and issues we’ve covered on Hydro Review over the past year, I can identify five big trends...
Job Transitions

After nearly 15 years at the head of power and infrastructure EPC firms Kiewit, Chief Executive Officer Bruce Grewcock is retiring by the start of 2020. The Kiewit website features a letter written by Grewcock detailing the passing of the torch with the new year. Grewcock is only the company’s fifth CEO in nearly 90 years....
Dam Safety

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources are moving forward on an estimated billion-dollar seismic upgrade project at B.F. Sisk Dam and San Luis Reservoir. Based on updated analysis of the risk and potential consequences of a large earthquake in this area, Reclamation and the state of...
Dam Safety

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center determined that ready access to near-real-time information about flooded roads (via satellite data) could have saved ambulance drivers and other emergency responders an average of nine minutes per emergency response and potential millions of dollars, using the 2011 Southeast Asian floods as a case study. The study is...
Job Transitions

The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed very early this morning after going over a barrier on the road that goes over Conowingo Dam, according to news reports. WJZ is reporting on its website that Route 1 was reopened in time for morning rush hour but then closed as crews repaired damaged concrete on the...
Technology and Equipment

Staff with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have detailed the depth of its continuing efforts to address cybersecurity challenges facing the nation’s energy infrastructure, including hydropower facilities. The presentation detailed several organizational changes meant to better focus the agency’s resources on quickly evolving cyber challenges, including creation of a new security-focused group within the...