Job Transitions

Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) announces that Jeff Leahey has joined the firm as a vice president. Previously, Leahey served as executive vice president for government affairs of the National Hydropower Association (NHA). “Jeff is one of the nation’s leading advocates on hydropower and marine energy,” said SMI Chief Operating Officer Bill McCann. “He understands the...
Business

The law firms of Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have agreed to merge effective April 1, 2020. The new law firm, called Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, or Troutman Pepper, will have 1,100 attorneys in 23 offices across the U.S. The announcement follows a vote by both firms’ partnerships. Troutman Sanders was founded in 1897...
Research and Development

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has released a new report that examines several of the most notable policy approaches for accelerating the transition to a renewable energy economy and achieving scientifically-based reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report — Advancing America’s Climate Leadership: Policy Options That Most Effectively Put Renewable Energy to...
Environmental

According to a report from the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree approving a national action plan for the first stage of adaptation to climate change, for the period up to 2022. This national plan defines economic and social measures that will be implemented by federal and...
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...
Government and Policy News

Colombian energy company Universal Stream has submitted preliminary plans for a US$830 million hydroelectric plant in the Amazonian department of Caquetá. According to BNamericas, documents filed with national licensing authority ANLA (Autoridad Nacional de Licensias Ambientales) show the Pereira-based company aims to build the facility in the municipality of Puerto Rico, about 600 km south of...
Marine Energy

By Pamela Largue Tidal energy company Nova Innovation has received a permit to develop a 1.5-MW tidal array in Petit Passage, in the Bay of Fundy area of Nova Scotia, Canada. A carefully phased approach starting with a single turbine in 2020, then three phases of 0.5 MW, will eventually see 15 new tidal stream...
New Development

Mexican state power company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) will construct 32 projects as part of a national plan to recover and increase hydroelectric generation capacity. According to BNamericas, the plan includes 18 projects for restoring capacity at operating plants, with an investment of MXN10.4 billion (US$540 million) and 14 hydro generation projects for an...