Job Transitions

The National Hydropower Association has announced its new officers and members of the 2020 Board of Directors.  The executive officers who start their terms of service on January 1, 2020, are: Chair: Jay Anders, Black & Veatch Vice Chair: Mike Haynes, Seattle City Light Treasurer: David Culligan, HDR Secretary: Debbie Mursch, GE Renewables Immediate Past...
Technology and Equipment

Staff with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have detailed the depth of its continuing efforts to address cybersecurity challenges facing the nation’s energy infrastructure, including hydropower facilities. The presentation detailed several organizational changes meant to better focus the agency’s resources on quickly evolving cyber challenges, including creation of a new security-focused group within the...
Belo Monte

Brazil’s 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower plant in the Amazon rainforest will start operating at full capacity, after clearance from regulator Aneel was received earlier this week. According to BNamericas, the 18-turbine project on the Xingú River in Pará state is operated under a 35-year concession contract by the Norte Energia consortium, which includes state-run Eletrobras, Eletronorte,...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary permit to Grid Balance Hydropower LLC for the proposed 400-MW Packer-Banks Pumped Storage Project, to be located in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The proposed project would consist of: New 9,500-foot-long, 80- to 120-foot-high roller-compacted concrete and/or rockfill dam or dike forming an upper reservoir with a total...
New Development

Paul Jacob is president and chief executive officer of Rye Development. The company is focused on developing new low-impact hydropower and energy storage in the U.S., with two potential pumped storage hydropower sites in the pipeline in Oregon and Washington. It is working to develop 22 conventional hydro projects in six states: Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,...
Job Transitions

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) announced that its new chief executive officer will be Damilola Ogunbiyi, current managing director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA).   The news followed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres announcing the appointment of Ogunbiyi as his Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. She will...