Research and Development

Celec, Ecuador’s state power corporation, has relaunched bidding to advance a project to transfer water between the Toachi and Baba river basins to optimize hydroelectric production. According to BNamericas, the project envisions the gravity transport of water from the Toachi River to the Baba River to improve output at the 42-MW Baba hydro plant in...
Jobs and People

The Bureau of Reclamation has selected Nick Williams to serve as the new manager for the Power Office in Interior Region 7 – Upper Colorado Basin, headquartered in Salt Lake City. Williams will oversee the operation and maintenance of hydropower facilities in four states. Key aspects to this position are making sure each facility operates...
Rehabilitation and Repair

Itaipu Binacional, operator of the 14-GW Itaipu hydroelectric plant on the Brazil-Paraguay border, has resumed the procurement process for the US$660 million technological revamp of the project. According to BNamericas, the call for the 14-year modernization project was suspended in April due to COVID-19. Itaipu, on the Parana River, is the world’s second largest hydropower...
Dam Safety

Rezatec, in association with Detection Services, will provide geospatial analytics to monitor structural and environmental change at Hunter Water’s Grahamstown Dam until 2023. After a successful initial deployment, which proved correlation of Rezatec’s analytical insights with previous events and subsequent works, Hunter Water has moved forward with a three-year subscription to monitor the dam in...
Marine Energy

The UK’s Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has unveiled a new program to provide innovators and startups with the opportunity to develop solutions addressing critical challenges faced by the marine sector. The ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Program will be led by the UKHO’s Research, Design and Innovation team and strategy consultancy RE_SET. Using ADMIRALTY data sets from seabed...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking power industry comments on potential risks to the U.S. bulk electric system from equipment and services produced in countries considered as threats to national security. FERC announced late last week it was seeking comments on those potential risks. Among the topics sought from industry players include insights...