Hydroelectric power industry members urged to support hydro in POWER-GEN Projects of the Year voting

Two hydropower plants are in the running for Projects of the Year honors which will be announced later this year during the POWER-GEN International conference and exhibition.

The finalists — selected by the editors of Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World magazines — include China’s 6,400-MW Xiangjiaba and Washington’s 3.6-MW North Fork Skokomish Powerhouse and Fish Passage Facility.

Located along the Jinsha River between Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces, the Xiangjiaba project houses some of the highest output hydro turbine and generator units ever produced. The Alstom-produced technology allows the plant to supply power for about 40 million people, making it an essential part of China’s West to East Electricity Transfer Program.

Meanwhile, the North Fork Skokomish project — located near Hoodsport, Wash., on the Skokomish River — represents an innovative approach to hydropower generation by operator Tacoma Power. The project also includes a fish collection and passage system that support the reintroduction of endangered steelhead and salmon.

“The world’s appetite for energy continues to grow,” said Richard Baker, senior vice president of PennWell’s Power Generation Group. “Companies like those represented by this year’s project finalists are instrumental in meeting the growing demand. Power Engineering magazine is once again pleased to be able to recognize some of the exceptional power generation projects that were completed in the past year.”

The projects are also eligible for Readers’ Choice honors, which will be determined by a popular vote that extends through October 1.

For more information about each project — or to cast a Readers’ Choice ballot — visit the Projects of the Year website here.

Hydropower is one of eight categories included in the awards program. Projects from the coal, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, bioenergy and geothermal sectors have also been nominated.

Winners will be announced during an awards banquet Monday, Nov. 11, as part of POWER-GEN International.

POWER-GEN International is co-located this year with the NUCLEAR POWER International Conference and Exhibition, Renewable Energy World Conference & Exhibition North America and the Financial Forum.

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