Finance

U.S. President Donald J. Trump has proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. Reclamation says the budget builds on recent accomplishments and supports the administration’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, families, communities and industry, while providing...
Dam Safety

The California State Auditor included aging water infrastructure among its recently released “The California State Auditor’s Updated Assessment of High-Risk Issues Faced by the State and Select State Agencies.” In the report, the auditor said, “Inadequately maintained dams or those not meeting standards, especially those whose failure could affect large populations, pose significant risks to...
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....