Business

Indian hydropower company NHPC Limited signed a definitive agreement Jan. 13 for implementation of the Approved Resolution Plan for takeover of the 120-MW Rangit-IV HE Project. The project is owned by Jal Power Corporation Limited (JPCL) in Sikkim. The agreement was signed between NHPC, Resolution Professional and Secured Financial Creditors (PFC and PNB) in the...
Jobs and People

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting that specific members of the energy workforce receive the COVID-19 vaccine sooner, moving from Phase 1c to 1b. In the letter, signed by all FERC commissioners, the agency says, “Over the course of the last year,...
Small Hydro

Peru’s energy and mines ministry has accepted force majeure requests from Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Santa Lorenza for its 18.7-MW Santa Lorenza I small hydro project. The plant was due to be online at the end of 2018. According to BNamericas, the developer of the US$41.7 million project submitted the requests in 2019 due to...
Environmental

The second year of a two-year agreement for spilling water at lower Snake and Columbia river dams was a success in terms of fish passage, downstream survival and hydropower sales, representatives of the agencies and tribes that negotiated the agreement told the Northwest Power and Conservation Council last month. Whether the flexible operations produced more...
Jobs and People

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected John Hairston as administrator and chief executive officer of the Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency providing electricity in the Pacific Northwest. The appointment became effective Thursday. “John has made a lasting and significant impact on the Bonneville Power Administration over the past 29 years, and I am...
Dam Design and Construction

Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia have resumed talks in an attempt to resolve conflict surrounding Africa’s largest and most controversial hydroelectric project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). However, recent conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region could cause a delay in confirming a resolution. Concerns are that Ethiopia is currently distracted by fighting between the government and the...
Small Hydro

The Republic of the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE), through the Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB), has officially kicked off the start of the 3rd Open and Competitive Selection Process (OCSP3) to further accelerate the development of renewable energy in the country. Under the OCSP3, a total of 22 pre-determined areas (PDAs) covering potential geothermal...
FERC News

Mark C. Christie was sworn in this week as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during a ceremony in the chambers of the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Judge G. Steven Agee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit performed the swearing-in ceremony. Commissioner Christie comes to FERC from...
Government and Policy News

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) has granted Central Hidroeléctrica Huallaga Hydro SA – HUAHYSA the definitive concession to develop the activity of generating electricity through the 392-MW Central Hidroeléctrica Huallaga I project. According to Ministerial Resolution No. 388-2020-MINEM / DM, published Dec. 30 in the official newspaper El Peruano, the future hydroelectric facility...