HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram This year, attendees at HYDROVISION International 2020 can choose from four separate in-the-field technical tours to nearby hydro plants. HYDROVISION International, the world’s largest hydroelectric industry event, is behind held the week of July 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. Monday, July 13, features three different half-day tours. Monday...
Environmental

Preliminary testing shows a survival rate of 98.25% for fish passing through the new turbine installed at the 603-MW Ice Harbor powerhouse on the Snake River in Washington State. According to Voith Hydro, which designed the turbine, this is a significant improvement over similarly sized conventional Kaplan turbine installations, which typically see survival rates in...
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...
Dam Safety

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has changed Mojave River Dam’s risk characterization from low to high urgency of action, as a result of recent risk assessment findings that during an extreme flood event, water could exceed the dam’s design capacity and overtop it. This could potentially result in dam failure, flooding the communities of...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued guidance for the development of closed-loop pumped storage projects at abandoned mine sites, as well as a list of existing non-powered federal dams that FERC and other agencies agree have the greatest potential for non-federal hydropower development. Both actions fulfill FERC’s requirements under Sections 3003 and 3004...