Hydropower is all set to continue its resurgence given the trends in investment.
Between now and 2018, about 17% of the current electric power workforce in the Pacific Northwest is expected to retire, and it is becoming more challenging to fill open positions. What are employers to do?
For the first time in 25 years, a U.S. city will host the 81st Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams. Event organizers chose Seattle because of the important role hydropower and water resources played in the development of the Pacific Northwest.
A recent court decision in favor of PPL Montana relieved the company of a potential nearly $41 million obligation to the state and narrowed the scope of the public trust doctrine. However, other dam owners may be facing similar suits in the future.
Jose da Costa Carvalho Neto has been tapped by Brazil's President Dilma Vana Rousseff to run Eletrobras, one of the top 10 biggest publicly traded electric companies in the world. His task is to make Eletrobras the largest clean energy company system in the world by 2020.
The 24-MW Ocoee Dam No. 1 hydro project helped electrify Tennessee and Georgia after its construction in 1911 and today still provides power and recreational opportunities for residents in the region.
Nearly 400,000 fish have migrated downstream past Round Butte Dam in Oregon since the beginning of 2010, indicating that the selective water withdrawal tower installed in the reservoir behind the dam in late 2009 has successfully restored fish passage from the Upper Deschutes River Basin.
The Bureau of Reclamation has undertaken a new comprehensive review process to streamline its dam safety review program. The new process provides a more efficient method for ensuring dam safety while also training the next generation of experts in this field.
What are dam owners focused on with regard to safety? In the U.S., funding for dam safety work is a primary concern, and in Canada public safety around dams is an emerging topic.
A new type of structure, called a stepped labyrinth weir, may increase downstream dissolved oxygen at dams and hydroelectric facilities while also providing safe passage for recreational boats.