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...
Controls and Automation

During the COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, pandemic, we have heard daily the importance of good hygiene. Maintain physical distance, avoid unnecessary crowds, and above all else wash your hands. These acts of proper hygiene are meant to keep us safe as the virus continues to take its somewhat unpredictable course. Likewise, another important action we...
Business

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...
Dam Safety

Owners of reservoirs in the UK will be expected to apply the lessons learned from the Toddbrook Reservoir incident, after the government accepted a series of recommendations made in a report by the government’s reviewer of reservoir safety, Professor David Balmforth. According to a report on the website of the Department for Environment, Food &...
Controls and Automation

With more and more devices becoming connected, it is critical that the hydroelectric power industry understand the best practices and critical steps necessary to protect their ability to produce electricity. By Max Wandera The hydroelectric power industry is balancing the benefits that come from integrating connected technologies with the inherent cybersecurity risks associated with additional...
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...