I have learned a great many things over 30 years of working in the hydroelectric power industry: listen to plant operators, never second-guess engineers and look for allies in unlikely places. And most of all, I have learned that we cannot predict the …
Planning and foresight allowed the City and Borough of Sitka, Alaska, to take advantage of existing hydroelectric infrastructure to meet the needs of growing electrical demand.
The top hydroelectric power news for July 2015
In North America, we could be described as “electricity snobs.” We expect … often demand … instant access to electricity, all times of the day and night. And, we rarely, if ever, stop to consider where this electricity comes from and what’s required to create it.
Representatives for three facilities inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame received their awards during HydroVision International 2015, held July 14-17 in Portland, Ore.
City councilors want to learn more about a potential multi-million dollar hydroelectric project at the South Saskatchewan River Weir in Saskatoon, a city in central Saskatchewan, Canada.
Collection of articles covering safety and security of dams and civil structures
Research reports and study findings related to hydropower
News related to the marine hydrokinetics industry in North America for April 2015
The latest hydropower industry news from Canada
Collection of articles related to hydropower technology
The authors propose a simplified method for determining total dissolved gas (TDG) uptake at hydropower facilities on the Mid-Columbia River.
The Ontario Waterpower Association is demonstrating — through its involvement in a program called Aboriginal Access to Engineering — its organizational view that all people in Ontario have a stake in waterpower.
On Thanksgiving Day 2012, a fire began at the 84-MW Thermalito plant three floors below ground level and spread upward into a control room on the next floor. An investigation revealed the probable ignition point, and the author discusses lessons learned.
Hydrokinetic turbines offer an exciting opportunity to produce power on existing federally- and state-owned infrastructure, but their impact on such systems remains uncertain.
A new program, called Operational Excellence or OpEx, is available from the National Hydropower Association to help owners and operators of hydroelectric facilities avoid accidents and events by learning from others’ experiences.
Ever wished you had a crystal ball to look at the potential future of the regulatory landscape? A veteran hydro attorney provides a glimpse into the possible future of U.S. hydropower, based on regulatory, judicial and legislative actions ongoing or ex…
The top hydroelectric power news for April 2015
One of my hydropower industry mentors, Carl Vansant (the previous editor-in-chief of this publication), often pointed out to me: “When a glass is halfway filled with liquid, is it half full or half empty? You get to decide.
News on the global hydroelectric industry from March-April 2015