Small Hydro

Digital African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa hosted a discussion around the potential for developing small-scale hydropower in Africa. The expert panel was moderated by Wim Jonker Klunne, Small Scale Hydropower Expert, Hydro4Africa, South Africa. The discussion started with a developer’s perspective on GETFiT type hydro procurement programs with Anton-Louis Oliver, Managing Director, REH Group...
Business

In 2019, more electricity was generated from renewable sources in New York than in all but three states, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly. New York’s 39.4 million MWh of renewable electricity generation was more than any other state east of the Mississippi River and accounted for 30% of the...
Canals, Tunnels and Penstocks

Sarawak Energy’s largest hydropower project to date, the 1,285-MW Baleh Hydroelectric Project (HEP) in Malaysia, has reached a major project milestone with the successful completion of its dual diversion tunnels, river diversion and closure works in October. Hydro Review previously reported Baleh’s main dam will be a 188-meter-high, concrete-faced-rockfill structure on the Baleh River about...
Finance

In a trend that is probably not unfamiliar to others generating electricity, the Tennessee Valley Authority reported that sales of electricity in fiscal year 2020 were about 5% lower compared to 2019, “due to overall milder weather and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.” TVA reported $10.2 billion in total operating revenues on more than 151...
Dams and Civil Structures

The Maryland Environmental Service (MES), on behalf of the State of Maryland, is moving forward with the first portion of the Conowingo Dredging and Innovative and Beneficial Reuse Pilot Project. Earlier this month, the Conowingo Dam Sediment Characterization Study Right of Entry was signed. Scientific reports confirm that Conowingo Dam has reached full capacity and...
Marine Energy

To help meet the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission last week presented the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy, which proposes to increase Europe’s offshore wind capacity from its current level of 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050. The Commission aims to complement this with 40 GW of...
Turbines and Mechanical Components

UK bearing manufacturer Michell Bearings is marking its centenary, having been founded in 1920. In 1905, founder A.G.M Michell registered patents in Britain and Australia for his tilting pad bearing invention, a concept widely used around the world today. Now employing 182 people from manufacturing sites in the UK and India, as well as a...
Dams and Civil Structures

The Trump Administration has released the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to increase water storage capacity in Shasta Lake by 634,000 acre-feet, or more than 200 billion gallons. This is enough water to support more than 6 million Californians annually. “President Trump has made investing in our existing infrastructure a...