Business

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has sold its 12-MW Narrows No. 1 powerhouse to Yuba Water Agency (YWA). The sale was finalized yesterday in Nevada County and includes the powerhouse, on the Yuba River below Englebright Dam, along with associated water conveyance and infrastructure and 23 acres of land. PG&E sold the powerhouse because...
FERC News

James P. Danly (R-Tenn.) was sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 31. Previously, Danly was FERC’s General Counsel. He will serve the remainder of a term that expires June 30, 2023. That term belonged to Kevin J. McIntyre, who stepped down in October 2018 due to health...
Marine Energy

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) announced a $22 million funding opportunity to leverage the expertise and intellectual capital of non-federal research institutions by supporting foundational research and development and expanded testing capacity to advance the marine energy industry. The primary goal of the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), entitled...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order on March 24 amending the operating licenses for two hydro projects, owned by Great Lakes Hydro America LLC, to include battery storage systems. The two projects are the 38-MW Ripogenus Hydroelectric Project on the West Branch of the Penobscot River and the 70.809-MW Penobscot Mills Hydroelectric Project...
Business & Finance

Webinar broadcast series Asia-Pacific – 6 April 2020 06h00 GMT | 14h00 (UTC+8)Europe – 7 April 2020 13h00 GMT | 14h00 (CET)USA – 8 April 2020 15h00 GMT | 11h00 (UTC+4)Africa – 9 April 2020 12h00 GMT | 14h00 (UTC+2) The utility industry has been tested in unprecedented ways by COVID-19. Utilities in the power...
HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram Qualifying members of the hydroelectric power sector are again eligible to take part in the Power Producer Training Program, giving them discounted access to HYDROVISION International 2020. The program is open to all those who work for eligible power producers, including: Utilities Independent power producers Municipalities Government agencies Crown corporations Rural and municipal...
Finance

Natel Energy has closed an $11 million investment, led by Schneider Electric Ventures and supported by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to accelerate deployment of the company’s Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT). The RHT is a fish-safe unit that enables upgrades to existing low-head hydropower plants while also improving power output and river connectivity, Natel say. The RHT...
Dam Design and Construction

Holter Dam was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame thanks to its long life of performing with high reliability. Successful construction of this dam, on the Missouri River in Montana, required a decade and two different owners. By Jo Dee Black Holter Dam and the associated 48-MW powerhouse — located on the Missouri River...
Jobs and People

Utilities that are operating hydroelectric assets worldwide know their facilities are critical infrastructure as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. And the personnel who keep these facilities operational are equally critical. As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports, the “critical infrastructure workforce” includes: “Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the...