Dam Safety

The low bid to build a secondary embankment on the Yakima County side of Priest Rapids Dam came in at $33.4 million, almost $13 million less than the engineer’s estimate, reports Managing Director of Power Production Ty Ehrman. The low bidder was IMCO Construction of Ferndale, Wash. Commissioners are expected to vote on awarding the...
New Development

Alaska Power & Telephone Company (AP&T) has announced that its 2019 results will include a pretax charge of about $10.5 million to $11.5 million, or $8.30 to $9.10 per share, for estimated cost increases on the 5-MW Hiilangaay Hydropower Project. The company says the project has “experienced a number of construction challenges” since it began...
Dam Safety

Heavy rains falling in Mississippi are causing concerns, with warnings issued by emergency management officials in Oktibbeha County about potential failure of the dam impounding Okhibbeha County Lake. Severe weather hit the state Jan. 11, and the governor signed a declaration of emergency that day, saying, “The storms have caused damage and high flooding will...
Job Transitions

Sophie Hackford is clear that she doesn’t see her role as a futurist to be one where she makes predictions about the future. Instead, she tries to force people to think about how technology that exists today — but is in use in other industries — could soon impact their operations. “The future of the...
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...
Marine Energy

Ocean Renewable Power Company Inc. (ORPC) announces that current  director Stuart Davies will succeed Chris Sauer as the company’s chief executive officer. Sauer’s retirement is effective Jan. 17, and Davies will begin his new role Jan. 20. Under Sauer’s leadership, ORPC developed its proprietary marine renewable energy technology from an initial concept to a proven renewable energy product, the RivGen® Power System. 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...