Environmental

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has announced a final rule the EPA says “will help accelerate and promote the construction of important energy infrastructure across the United States, while ensuring the nation’s waterways are protected.” The agency’s final rule “increases the transparency and efficiency of the Clean Water Act Section 401 certification...
Business

The COVID-19 pandemic shows how “more than ever, the reliable, resilient and cost-effective delivery of electrical energy is critical for our society.” That’s according to Frank Lambert, president of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and principal research engineer at Georgia Tech’s Center for Distributed Energy. Lambert was speaking following the publication by the IEEE...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a new (subsequent) operating license for the 900-kW Gonzales Project, located on the Guadalupe River in Gonzales, Texas. The project is owned by the city of Gonzales, Texas. The original operating license was issued in August 1980 and expires July 31, 2020. The city filed the application for...
Business

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has signed an implementation agreement with Xcel Energy – Colorado, paving the way for the company’s participation in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) in 2022. The agreement also provides participation for other Joint Dispatch Agreement (JDA) members: Black Hills Energy Colorado Electric, Colorado Springs Utilities and Platte River...
Research and Development

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined hydropower’s resilience and critical role in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy, especially in times of crisis. This is the conclusion of two new reports published by the International Hydropower Association (IHA). The 2020 Hydropower Status Report presents the latest worldwide installed capacity and generation data, showcasing the hydro sector’s...
Jobs and People

The World Energy Council has added 41 members to its global Future Energy Leaders program (FEL-100), the council’s platform to support and promote the energy leaders of tomorrow. Members of the FEL-100 community share a commitment to shaping the future of energy; solving the world’s most pressing challenges in energy and sustainability; engaging in national,...
Business

Sixteen international and national organizations, representing the global hydropower sector, have set out guiding principles for energy infrastructure policy in the COVID-19 recovery. The organizations represent hydropower developers, operators, manufacturers, researchers and innovators including the world’s largest hydropower producers in China, US and Canada. Their statement, coordinated by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), sets out how...
Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted utilities and other organizations to review existing or create epidemic/pandemic-response plans. To assist, the North American Transmission Forum (NATF), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) jointly developed a resource to help utilities create, update or formalize their plans. The...
Jobs and People

Canadian provincial utility Manitoba Hydro confirmed earlier this week that it will begin temporary layoffs, affecting 600 to 700 employees, which will provide about $11 million in savings. Winnipeg’s CTV News reported that these temporary layoffs work out to more than 10% of the full-time equivalent positions listed in Manitoba Hydro’s most recent annual report....
Government and Policy News

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) in the U.S. has urged Congress to consider infrastructure and tax measures that invest in power generation infrastructure to help support a strong economic recovery and a clean energy future. Infrastructure improvements NHA says the federal hydropower fleet is sitting on a backlog of operation and maintenance needs – from...