Jobs and People

Tim O’Connor will become chief generating officer of Xcel Energy effective March 31.    O’Connor currently is the utility’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, and Pete Gardner replaces him in that role. Gardner formerly was vice president of nuclear operations, since 2017. O’Connor joined Xcel Energy in 2007 as site vice president at...
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Yesterday, Statkraft UK announced a new goal of improving gender diversity in the workplace. In recognition of International Women’s Day, the company will aim for 40% of the company’s leadership positions to be held by women by 2030. Alongside this goal, Statkraft has pledged to create a diverse NetZero Workforce in the UK, which encompasses...
Asia and Oceania

The coronavirus outbreak is having significant negative effects on hydropower project development in many Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Indonesia. Projects are coming to a halt, and many could be facing delayed completion dates as a result. According to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, in Myanmar, projects such as the construction of a...
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Yuba Water Agency in the U.S. state of California has announced that General Manager Curt Aikens will retire effective January 2021, and Assistant General Manager Willie Whittlesey will take the reins July 1. Whittlesey formerly was assistant general manager. In that role, he assisted with all aspects of agency operations and management, including reducing flood...
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Accelerated uptake of renewables, including hydropower, could boost total energy jobs to 100 million by 2050, and jobs in renewables alone could reach 42 million by 2050, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. Measuring the Socio-economics of Transition: Focus on Jobs says that Asia could account for 64% of jobs...
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American Municipal Power Inc.’s (AMP) Board of Trustees has chosen Jolene Thompson as the company’s new president and chief executive officer, succeeding Marc Gerken, who announced his retirement in April 2019. The multi-state nonprofit corporation headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, owns and operates electric facilities that provide generation, transmission and distribution of electric power and energy...
Rehabilitation and Repair

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has awarded Stantec the contract to continue work on the second phase of the capacity building project to strengthen the climate resilience of Tajikistan’s energy sector assets and operations, as part of the EBRD’s investment in the rehabilitation of the 126-MW Qairokkum hydropower plant in northern Tajikistan....
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HDR announces Mike Mayer has joined the company as senior environmental planning lead, and senior vice president John Devine has retired. Mike Mayer has more than 20 years of experience on natural resources projects related to energy development, transmission and mining. He will lead complex environmental permitting and National Environmental Policy Act projects, as well...