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Vattenfall to deliver hydropower to Neste
22 December, 2021
Vattenfall is set to deliver hydropower from its Nordic plants to Neste in Finland from 1 January 2022 through to 2024. The total annual volume of the hydropower agreement is 800GWh of electricity purchased with Guarantees of Origin (GOs)*.

IHA release new guide on engaging with Indigenous Peoples
21 December, 2021
A new guide has been released which details how hydropower developers can protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Major overhaul of Grand Coulee hydroelectric units complete
21 December, 2021
The overhaul of hydroelectric power generating units 22, 23 and 24 inside the Nathaniel “Nat” Washington Power Plant at the 6809MW Grand Coulee Dam – the largest power generating complex in the US – have been successfully completed, the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration have announced.

FERC finalises hydropower safety regulations
20 December, 2021
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the US has announced it has finalised updates to its hydropower project safety regulations.

No time to waste
17 December, 2021
With the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change being described as a reality check, world leaders are being urged to face up to, and act now, on our changing climate. As part of its commitments, the hydropower industry has issued a new manifesto for change which outlines how sustainable hydropower investments can help achieve net zero emissions and limit climate change.

Tunnelling milestone reached at Snowy 2.0 as new TBM launched
17 December, 2021
Developers of the Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage scheme, the largest renewable energy project in Australia, have celebrated its inaugural tunnelling milestone, with the project’s first tunnel boring machine (TBM), the Lady Eileen Hudson, passing the 1km mark of the 2.6km main access tunnel, which leads to the site of the underground power station cavern. The milestone comes after it was also announced that the second of three TBMs at the project has now been officially commissioned.

SMEC to deliver concept design for Mount Bold dam upgrade
15 December, 2021
Australian utility SA Water has tasked SMEC to deliver the concept design for important upgrades to Mount Bold Dam – the largest dam in South Australia – enabling the structure to meet the current Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) guidelines.

Simec Atlantis sells hydropower firm
14 December, 2021
Simec Atlantis Energy Limited has sold it hydropower subsidiary Green Highland Renewables (GHR) for £3 million, with VH Auslandsbeteiligungen GmbH (VHA) acquiring a 90% interest in the company and Mr Alex Reading (General Manager of GHR until 9th December 2021) acquiring the remaining 10% interest.

The heart of the matter
14 December, 2021
The hydraulic Fishheart fishway is a Finnish innovation enabling fish to migrate past obstacles. European energy company Fortum has recently installed the system at one of its hydropower plants. Report by Susanna Hyrkäs, Environmental Manager at Fortum

EuropeWave unveils successful wave energy projects
14 December, 2021
Seven project teams will share a budget of €2.4 million to further develop their wave energy device concepts in the first half of 2022 after being named the successful tenderers in the EuropeWave project’s innovative Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process.

Andritz to help modernise hydro plants in Mexico
13 December, 2021
Andritz has announced it has been contracted – alongside three local companies – to modernise and upgrade nine hydropower stations in Mexico.

Hydropeaking on the decline says new research
13 December, 2021
Rivers impacted by hydroelectricity generation are seeing fewer fluctuations in flow according to a new paper studying the phenomenon of hydropeaking.

Key to reliable renewables
10 December, 2021
Decarbonisation of the global energy system is key to tackling climate change. However, without sufficient long duration energy storage to provide reliability for intermittent renewables such as wind and solar power, the success of the clean energy transition could be at risk. As the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower highlights, pumped storage has an increasingly important role to play in the years ahead. Suzanne Pritchard reports

Regional dams ready for rain event says WaterNSW
10 December, 2021
WaterNSW regional dams are preparing to capture the next increase in inflows, with almost all storages across key sites reduced in anticipation of the forecast rain even, the New Zealand utility has announced.

GE to provide O&M support for Igarapava hydro plant, Brazil
09 December, 2021
GE Renewable Energy's Hydro Solutions is to provide full operation & maintenance (O&M) services for the 210MW Igarapava hydroelectric plant in Rio Grande, Brazil. GE was one of the project’s main suppliers during its construction and installation.

Electrical Engineer vacancies at Gilkes
08 December, 2021
Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd has opportunities available for a Lead Electrical Engineer and Electrical Engineer to join its well-established engineering organisation, based in the head office in Kendal, Cumbria.

Montem Resources gives update on Tent Mountain renewable energy complex
08 December, 2021
Montem Resources Limited has provided an update on its planned Tent Mountain Renewable Energy Complex (TM-REX) in Alberta, Canada, which includes plans for a 320MW pumped storage project.

Repowering Tummel Bridge
07 December, 2021
SSE Renewables in investing around £50 million in a project to extend the life of Tummel Bridge hydropower plant

£20 million a year funding boost announced for tidal energy in the UK
07 December, 2021
The tidal energy industry in the UK is set to benefit from a £20 million per year investment recently announced by the Government.

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