Two natural resource agencies, a university, and a power producer are working to test whether regulation of ramping rates of hydroelectric turbines can provide ecological benefits while, at the same time, minimize production losses.
In the coming years, the growth potential for hydropower is significant. To realize this potential, careful attention to business and political strategy is needed.
Participation in the Chicago Climate Exchange has earned Chelan County Public Utility District more than $900,000 in financing and helped the utility emphasize that hydropower is an important, emissions-free source of renewable energy.
Pumped-storage hydro is an ideal option for firming the variability of other renewable power sources, such as wind and solar.
Assessing potential ocean energy sites can be time-consuming and costly. The abbreviated process used for the city of King Cove, Alaska, allowed investigators to efficiently assess different sites and technologies.
Understanding why NERC – the North American Electric Reliability Corporation – requires specific reliability data on hydroelectric generating units can help project owners better manage the gathering of this data.