Russell Ray's Blog Posts

- January 05, 2013

Demand Response: Embrace It or Get Run Over

Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, delivered a powerful message to some 3,000 people attending the keynote session last month at POWER-GEN International...

- October 06, 2011

Dam Safety Improvements Shed Light on a Bigger Problem

In many ways, great progress has been made to improve the safety of the 84,000 dams in the U.S. The number of inspections and the number of “high hazard” dams with emergency action...

- September 22, 2011

Canada's Hydropower Boom

The October issue of Hydro Review magazine will examine the boom in hydropower construction across Canada, including the controversial Lower Churchill Project, a 3,074-MW project planned...

- August 22, 2011

The BPA Decision: A Responsible Choice

In May, the Bonneville Power Administration, a major power provider in the Pacific Northwest, ordered many of the region’s wind power producers to shut down generation for several hours...

- May 11, 2011

Hydropower Gaining Momentum

For 36 years, Bill Smith has been helping hydropower developers navigate the arduous licensing process, and he expects to keep working another 20 years as the industry embarks on what...

- May 05, 2011

Climate Change Report Bolsters Need for Water Management Planning

You may have heard or read about a report – released last week by the Department of Interior – that warns of diminishing water supplies in the western and southwestern U.S. Billed as...

- April 19, 2011

Obama Wants To Cut Hydropower Funding

Hydropower advocates must be puzzled by President Obama’s plan to build a nation powered by clean energy. As the Obama administration promotes an ambitious new goal to produce 80 percent...

- April 13, 2011

Hydropower Legislation Flies Through Committee

The Hydropower Improvement Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 17. The measure passed the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, less than a month after...

- April 08, 2011

Hydropower On the Move

Hydropower is gaining traction on Capitol Hill as new information about the nation’s hydropower potential forces lawmakers to take a closer look at expanding hydropower capacity in...

- April 04, 2011

Hydropower Report Assesses USBR Potential

Twin Buttes Dam and Reservoir is the primary water supply for San Angelo, Texas, a major source of irrigation for 10,000 acres of farm land, and a recreational hub for boaters and fisherman....

Russell Ray

Russell Ray

Russell Ray is the managing editor Power Engineering magazine, the No. 1 trade magazine for the power generation industry. Russell has 13 years experience as an energy journalist, covering the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma and the growth...

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