Small Hydro

Pacific Power has completed work on its 22-kW Wallowa Falls small hydro plant and will hold an open house on Sept. 28. The turbine-generator unit is located in a small log cabin nestled amongst the campgrounds, snow-capped mountains and gleaming waters of Wallowa Lake State Park. The powerhouse, which contains a Canyon Pelton wheel and...
Job Transitions

Kim de Rubertis passed away Sept. 7. He was 81. De Rubertis had a degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and was licensed to practice civil and geological engineering, as well as engineering geology and hydrogeology. He worked in engineering for 59 years, 44 of those years in private practice as...
Dam Safety

The navigation lock at Bonneville Dam was closed on Thursday, Sept. 5, after lock operators detected problems with the lock during operation. Engineers dewatered the lock Sept. 6, performed an inspection and discovered that the downstream concrete sill, against which lock gates create a water-tight seal, had cracks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers —...
Environmental

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are joining forces to support climate adaptation and resilience and to implement UN Sustainable Development Goals through renewables. In a memorandum of understanding signed Sept. 10 by IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera and UNCCD’s Executive Secretary Ibrahim...
Dam Safety

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has received the 2019 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award for Buckeye Lake Dam from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) determined the nearly 200-year-old earthen dam at Buckeye Lake to be at risk for catastrophic...
Dam Design and Construction

Although opinions differ, it is generally accepted that the Upper Midwest of the U.S. is the birthplace of modern hydropower. The first hydropower plant to operate was installed in Michigan in 1880, and in 1882, the first hydro facility to serve private and commercial customers began operating in Wisconsin. According to the Minnesota Department of...
Environmental

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the east coast of the U.S., dam owners seem to be faring well, with no major damage or breaches reported to date. The storm has now reached the southern Mid-Atlantic area, the National Weather Service reports, with minor to moderate coastal flooding and damaging winds. The service reports...
Job Transitions

In recognition of the widely acknowledged, multiple studies that show that organizations with gender equality perform better financially, this year POWERGEN International, along with partner UL, is launching a new awards program that seeks out women of good character. The Excellence in Character Awards (formerly, Woman of the Year Award) will be given to members of the...
Rehabilitation and Repair

NorthWestern Energy has announced plans to upgrade its 8-MW Madison Powerhouse with the installation of four new turbine-generator units. The turbines and generators in the Madison Powerhouse, on the Madison River about 10 miles north of Ennis, Mt., are 109 years old. The original powerhouse building will remain in place, largely unaltered, while four new...