Job Transitions

International Energy Agency says that improving gender diversity in the energy sector is an important measure of success. IEA recently hosted a high-level event focused on how to advance gender diversity in the energy sector to support future workforce needs. The event was chaired by Christyne Tremblay, Canada’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, and Megan...
Dam Safety

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center determined that ready access to near-real-time information about flooded roads (via satellite data) could have saved ambulance drivers and other emergency responders an average of nine minutes per emergency response and potential millions of dollars, using the 2011 Southeast Asian floods as a case study. The study is...
New Development

With climate change causing widespread retreat of glaciers, a unique opportunity may arise for future hydropower development, according to the authors of an article recently published by Nature. The authors, with ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, explore the water storage and hydropower potential of areas that...
Environmental

In 2018, clean energy investment across emerging nations was depressed and overall deployment rates of clean energy technologies was flat year-on-year, according to Emerging Markets Outlook 2019, an annual Climatescope survey conducted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. At the same time, coal-fired generation surged in the 104 markets assessed, BloombergNEF said. According to the report,...
Small Hydro

Ecuador’s Pichincha provincial government is looking to dust off four small hydroelectric projects, which would help cover local demand as national authorities advance larger plants that are primed for potential export. According to BNamericas, the projects are 30-MW El Salto, 20-MW Magdalena, 10-MW Palmira-Nanegal and 9-MW Maravilla. They are part of provincial energy company Hidroequinoccio’s...
Marine Energy

Ocean Energy Systems (OES) is predicting strong advances in ocean energy in 2020, driven by public and private sector funding. The last annual report issued by OES highlights significant international investment, including $25 million pledged by the U.S. Department of Energy to support 12 “next-generation” marine energy projects and Wave Energy Scotland committing £7.7 million...
Belo Monte

Brazil’s 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower plant in the Amazon rainforest will start operating at full capacity, after clearance from regulator Aneel was received earlier this week. According to BNamericas, the 18-turbine project on the Xingú River in Pará state is operated under a 35-year concession contract by the Norte Energia consortium, which includes state-run Eletrobras, Eletronorte,...