Jobs and People

Hydropower is the backbone of Hydro Tasmania’s electric system and is the generating technology on which Tasmania was founded. In this executive interview, CEO Steve Davy discusses the future of this generating technology for his company. Steve Davy is chief executive officer of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest hydro company by volume of electricity generated, with...
Dam Design and Construction

Holter Dam was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame thanks to its long life of performing with high reliability. Successful construction of this dam, on the Missouri River in Montana, required a decade and two different owners. By Jo Dee Black Holter Dam and the associated 48-MW powerhouse — located on the Missouri River...
Canals, Tunnels and Penstocks

With penstock response to transient conditions being critical to the service life and safety of any hydroelectric project, Pacific Gas & Electric Company has engaged in a program to evaluate operating pressures through hydraulic modeling. By Stephane Lecina and Mohammad Aslam Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) operates 68 hydroelectric facilities in the western U.S....
Controls and Automation

With more and more devices becoming connected, it is critical that the hydroelectric power industry understand the best practices and critical steps necessary to protect their ability to produce electricity. By Max Wandera The hydroelectric power industry is balancing the benefits that come from integrating connected technologies with the inherent cybersecurity risks associated with additional...
Jobs and People

Development of an online model to assist with hydro operator training should help Portland General Electric ensure reliable operation of its West Side Hydroelectric Project. By Christopher Goodell, Nathan Katz and Balaji Kannan Portland General Electric’s (PGE) West Side Hydroelectric (WSH) Project in Oregon consists of six dams on the Clackamas River that impound water...
Business

The 24-MW Miljacka hydroelectric project in Croatia has operated continuously since 1906, originally to provide electricity for a carbide factory. For its historic significance, Miljacka was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame in 2018. By Marijo Kraljevic The hydropower plant now called Miljacka (formerly named Manojlovac until the 1990s, after the waterfall at which...
North America

This article provides a comprehensive review of the laws and federal actions that encouraged hydropower development, beginning in the 1920s. Recent legislation and executive actions beginning in 2013 make it evident there is a similar, if not more aggressive, movement to once again revitalize the hydropower industry. Where the goal of government to diversify and...