FERC News

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff prepared a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relicensing of the Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts’ 168-MW Don Pedro Project and for licensing of the 4.7-MW La Grange Project. On April 28, 2014, the districts filed an application (amended on Oct. 11, 2017) for the Don Pedro Project on...
Environmental

Unprecedented heavy rainfall in northern Saskatchewan has put SaskPower’s 111-MW Island Falls Hydro Station in a state of emergency, according to a press release. Due to high water levels on the Churchill River, the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) is involved in making release plans throughout the river system. As part of this effort, SaskPower...
HYDROVISION International

After gathering extensive insight from the global hydroelectric power community, HYDROVISION International, in partnership with its media brand Hydro Review, is launching a new platform to provide timely and informative programming year-round: the HYDRO+ Series. Our world has changed more than we could have imagined over the past few months, and one result is that...
Jobs and People

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has named Bill Edmonds its new executive director, replacing Steve Crow, who will retire in August after serving 25 years in the position. Most recently, Edmonds was director of environmental management and sustainability at NW Natural. In this position, he worked with an interdisciplinary team on a strategy to...
New Development

Colombia’s Universal Stream is moving forward with plans to build a 649-MW hydroelectric plant in in the Amazonian department of Caquetá. The company recently submitted a request to file an environmental diagnosis of alternatives (DAA) with national licensing authority ANLA, according to documents seen by BNamericas.  The application comes after preliminary details of the project...
Technology and Equipment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel R Simmons has announced the launch of the Innovations in Advanced Manufacturing for Hydropower (I AM Hydro) Prize, a competition designed to lower costs and improve the performance of hydropower components and facilities by using advanced manufacturing. Additionally, in partnership...
Africa

Ongoing negotiations between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia aimed at reaching an agreement on filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam are failing. On Sunday, June 21, Sudan warned against escalation and urged further negotiations over Addis Ababa’s controversial dam on the Nile, as Ethiopia has declared plans to start filling the dam next...
New Development

The World Bank Group is offering a two-day webinar, Building Back Better and Greener with Sustainable Hydropower, on June 24 and 25. According to the bank, the energy mix is moving toward one made up predominantly of weather-dependent, variable renewable energy sources. This current time of reflection gives the opportunity to assess the best use...
Environmental

With Africa projected to experience increasing climate hazards for the remainder of the 21st century, and hydropower generation needed to enhance the continent’s resilience to climate change, the International Energy Agency has released a new report entitled Climate Impacts on African Hydropower. These increasing climate hazards are likely to pose a challenge to hydropower generation...