Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust are partners in an effort to build more than 700 MW of hydro capacity in British Columbia, Canada.
FPL Energy experienced multiple failures of the thrust bearing in the single turbine-generating unit at its 6-MW Cataract plant in Maine.
Trends from three surveys of hydro project owners indicate that safety incidents may be increasing at hydro facilities.
The Waterpower XVI conference and exhibition convenes in Spokane, Wash., this July.
Leaders of industry associations in the U.S. and Canada offer their views about hydropower’s pivotal role in shaping new energy and environmental policies and in contributing to economic recovery.
A streamlined Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing process, investment tax credits, and a strategic campaign to educate policy makers could aid in advancing the development of thousands of megawatts of pumped storage.
The story of development of the 12-MW Jordanelle hydro plant provides a good example of a non-federal organization developing new, low-impact hydro at an existing federal dam.
Arizona utility Salt River Project recently installed new static exciters in seven hydro units.
A new report estimates the price tag for making needed repairs and upgrades at non-federal U.S. dams is $50 billion.
An effective, easy-to-use lockout system is essential for ensuring worker safety during maintenance outages at hydro facilities.