Perspectives: Answering Your FAQs

By Marla Barnes

I like websites that have sections called “Frequently Asked Questions” – FAQ, for short. Typically, the questions I have aren’t new ones … others looking at that site have asked the same thing. It’s an efficient, quick way to get answers to my questions.

Hydro Review now has its own version of an “FAQ” page! Check it out at Our FAQ page is divided into five broad topic areas:

  • Hydropower 101
  • Hydropower Resources
  • Professional Development and Education
  • Business Development
  • Hydro History

Just to whet your interest, and to get you to actually visit the website to take a look, here’s a sampling of some of the questions you can get answers to:

  • I’ve heard a pump can be used as a turbine to generate hydroelectricity. How does this work?
  • I need some help with definitions of terms commonly used in conjunction with hydropower. Where can I find a “dictionary” of hydro terms?
  • I need to earn professional development hours to maintain my P.E. (professional engineer) license. Do you know of ways I can earn hours?
  • Is there a list somewhere of historic hydropower plants and what made them unique?
  • How can I find out more about events relevant to the hydropower industry, such as conferences, exhibitions and meetings?

Your Turn!

This FAQ section of the website is designed to be regularly updated, expanded, added to. One of the Editorial Team’s goals for 2015 is to add a section on “Hydro Fast Facts” … number of hydro plants throughout the world, countries with the most hydro capacity, etc.

What else would you like to see? What questions do you have that we aren’t yet answering?

Please send me an email with your ideas …

This issue is our last one of the year. With this issue, we close out the year 2014. The team here at PennWell’s Hydro Group wants to take a moment to thank you for reading Hydro Review and the HydroWorld Weekly electronic newsletter, visiting, attending the HydroVision International conference and exhibition, using the Hydro Review mobile app, and connecting with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

The North American hydro industry is special. You all work every day to generate clean, renewable electricity for homes and businesses throughout Canada and the U.S. And, you are serious about doing this work in a smart, cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable way. You are genuine, hard-working, and lots of fun!

We are honored to provide ways to help you connect and do business with one another.

Marla J. Barnes
Publisher and Chief Editor

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