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Granholm sworn in as 16th Secretary at U.S. Department of Energy

Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in Feb. 25 as the 16th Secretary of Energy by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, after a confirmation vote of 64-35 in the U.S. Senate. Secretary Granholm is only the...

Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership includes energy goals

On Feb. 23, U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership. They said: “It is in the shared interest of the United States and...

U.S. to decouple Ethiopian aid from 6,450-MW GERD dispute

The U.S. Department of State has made a decision to de-link its suspension of millions of dollars of aid to Ethiopia from the U.S. government’s policy on the contested 6,450-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam...

Peru legislators revisit plans to build 790-MW Laguna Angel Cruz hydroelectric

Peru parliamentary group Alianza para el Progreso has introduced a bill to congress to declare of public interest the 790-MW Laguna Angel Cruz hydroelectric project in the Ancash region, which borders the Pacific Ocean. According...

U.S. DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office to hold stakeholder webinar March 1

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office is holding its semiannual stakeholder webinar on March 1, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. ET. Staff will discuss some of the most pressing changes affecting water...

4.5 GW of pumped-storage hydro could save UK up to £690 million annually

A new study by independent researchers from Imperial College London has found that just 4.5 GW of new long duration pumped hydro storage, with 90 GWh of storage, could save up to £690 million...

Guyana government says 165-MW Amaila Falls hydro “will become a reality”

Guyana’s government will push for development of the 165-MW Amaila Falls hydroelectric project, which was shelved by the previous administration, according to finance minister Ashni Singh During his 2021 budget speech to parliament, Singh said...

Mexico’s CFE argues for proposed electric market reforms

Mexico’s 2013 energy reforms locked in changes to the electricity market that cost state-owned power firm Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) MXN412 billion (US$20.6 billion) in contractual payments with independent energy producers, according to...
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Brazilian president’s priority projects list includes Eletrobras privatization

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s list of priority projects sent last week to the new leaders of congress, Rodrigo Pacheco (senate) and Arthur Lira (lower house), included the privatization of Eletrobras. According to BNamericas, the government...
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IRENA and IHA forge partnership to advance sustainable hydropower

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and International Hydropower Association (IHA) have signed a formal partnership agreement to accelerate the development, financing and deployment of sustainable hydropower. Hydropower is the world’s largest source of renewable...