The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued guidance for the development of closed-loop pumped storage projects at abandoned mine sites, as well as a list of existing non-powered federal dams that FERC and other agencies agree have the greatest potential for non-federal hydropower development. Both actions fulfill FERC’s requirements under Sections 3003 and 3004...
Pumped Storage Hydro

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office has announced four grand prize winners in the Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) Commissioning for Pumped-Storage Hydropower Prize competition, which aims to help accelerate commissioning times and reduce cost and risk for pumped storage projects. “This prize sought fresh solutions and technologies from innovators...
Pumped Storage Hydro

Andritz reports it has signed a contract – as part of a consortium with the European construction group Strabag – with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to supply and commission the entire electromechanical and hydromechanical equipment for the 250-MW Hatta Pumped Storage Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates. Startup of the plant, located...
Job Transitions

Effective Dec. 1, 2019, Koonce will step down as head of the company's generation operating segment to become executive vice president and strategic advisor, reporting to Thomas F. Farrell, II, chairman, president and CEO
Asia and Oceania

Hydro Tasmania says it is accelerating detailed investigation of three key opportunities for pumped storage hydro development in the state as part of the Battery of the Nation initiative. Work has begun on a full feasibility assessment of pumped hydro development opportunities at Lake Cethana and Lake Rowallan in the northwest and near Tribute Power Station on the West Coast.