In a joint announcement made by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the SMUD board of directors voted late last week at its regular meeting to approve a resolution signaling intent by SMUD to purchase a PG&E hydroelectric powerhouse and reservoir on the South Fork of the American River.
Utility NorthWestern Energy has announced plans to participate in the California Independent System Operator’s Western Energy Imbalance Market.
U.S. utility Idaho Power has joined the western energy imbalance market after an independent consultant found this move could save the utility $4.1 million to $5.1 million annually.
Owners of four facilities discuss their seal failures, three of which were mechanical and one related to geological stress
Editor’s note on the value of visiting hydroelectric plants
Carbon dioxide is the most prevalent type of fire suppression system protecting air-cooled hydroelectric generators. But personnel safety concerns are leading many plant owners to replace such systems. Hybrid fire suppression systems, a newer option, have been installed by several hydro plant owners, including Salt River Project.
Members of the National Hydropower Association have elected a new Executive Committee for 2017, along with five new members of the NHA Board of Directors.
The top hydroelectric power news for October 2016
Saying that costs are too high and the need too little, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to let it drop the 400-MW Iowa Hill pumped storage project from an existing hydro license.
The top hydroelectric power news for March 2016