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New method utilizes hydropower project signals to monitor grid stability
12 February, 2024
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), have unveiled an algorithm designed to forecast electric grid stability by harnessing signals from pumped storage hydropower (PSH) projects. This innovation emerges as a crucial tool in navigating the grid's transition towards intermittent renewable energy sources.

Ralph Nelson joins Kleinschmidt Associates as Senior Engineering Consultant
25 January, 2024
Kleinschmidt Associates has announced the appointment of Ralph Nelson, P.E., as the company’s new Senior Engineering Consultant.

Hydro pros reflect and predict
16 January, 2024
IWP&DC asked members of the hydro industry to share their experiences from the past 12 months, and give an insight into what the new year may hold for them

Navigating the complex waters of cybersecurity
23 October, 2023
IWP&DC spoke to Phil Rouse, Advisor to Ground Control’s Chief Executive Officer, and Marlene Ladendorff, Principal Cybersecurity Consultant in Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric, to discover how we can safeguard the resilience of hydropower and dam infrastructure

US Department of Energy invests $6.3 million to enhance environmentally sustainable hydropower and protect fish populations
20 September, 2023
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding exceeding $6.3 million is to be allocated to six research and development projects focused on the advancement of fish passage and protection technologies, ultimately reducing the environmental impact of hydropower on aquatic ecosystems.

Hydro-Québec's Eastmain-1 development gets highest level Hydropower Sustainability Certification
30 August, 2023
In a landmark achievement, Hydro-Québec's Eastmain-1 development has earned the prestigious gold-level certification in adherence to the Hydropower Sustainability Standard. After an exhaustive 14-month independent assessment, this recognition underscores the project's commitment to sustainable practices within the hydroelectric sector.

Snapshot of the US hydropower market
08 June, 2023
Elizabeth A. Ingram discusses some of the market factors driving hydropower’s role and future in the United States energy system and provides insight on what the future might look like if current plans are brought to fruition.

Key insights unveiled in annual Ear to the River Hydropower Industry Report
18 May, 2023
The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA), the Hydropower Foundation and Kleinschmidt Associates has announced the release of the second annual "Ear to the River" survey. Launched in 2021, this collaborative initiative aims to provide valuable insights into the North American hydroelectric industry that surpass publicly available information.

Industrious Group expands into renewable energy sector with completion of American Hydro acquisition
03 May, 2023
Industrious Group (previously known as Enprotech Corp) has announced the completion of its acquisition of American Hydro, a company previously owned by Wärtsilä Corporation. American Hydro provides customized hydropower refurbishment solutions and turbine services primarily to the North American market, and has been operating since 1986.

AFRY and Latinoconsult wins contract on Paraguay's Acaray hydropower plant modernisation project
05 April, 2023
AFRY, in consortium with Latinoconsult S.A., has won the contract to plan and supervise the rehabilitation and modernisation of the 200MW Acaray hydropower plant in Paraguay.

Important conferences and meetings in the hydropower and dams industry in 2023
30 March, 2023
The hydropower industry is constantly evolving and advancing, and as such, conferences and meetings are essential for professionals and stakeholders to gather, network, and discuss the latest developments in the field. In 2023, there are several important conferences and meetings in the hydropower industry that professionals should be aware of.

US needs to make full use of its hydropower resources, says APPA
16 March, 2023
The US should make full use of its hydropower resources in order to ensure its grid remains reliable and resilient, and allow utilities to meet emission reduction goals, the American Public Power Association (APPA) has suggested.

New hydro turbine technology could reverse decline in juvenile alewife says study
13 March, 2023
Juvenile alwife passing through Natel Energy’s Restoration Hydro Turbine had a 98.2% immediate and 100% delayed survival rate, a new study published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management shows. The results support the equally positive results of additional scientific studies Natel has conducted with third-party scientific partners on fish survival through its turbine technology.

Reflecting on the FutureDAMS project
06 March, 2023
As its work drew to a close last year, members of the FutureDAMS research team reflected on the lessons they have learned about the water-energy-food-environment nexus since the project first swung into action in 2018.

Climate change and hydropower
17 January, 2023
The impacts of climate change are being felt across the European and North American hydropower industries. However, even with extreme and varied weather conditions, research shows that hydro can still play a critical role in a stable power grid.

Wärtsilä sells American Hydro
03 January, 2023
Technology group Wärtsilä has announced the divestment of American Hydro to Enprotech Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded ITOCHU Corporation (ITC), with the transaction expected to close in the first half of 2023.

Bipartison bill set to spur hydropower upgrades, restore free flowing rivers
12 December, 2022
New Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) is set to establish a new 30% tax incentive for dam safety and environmental improvements and to remove obsolete river obstructions.

LS Power to acquire raft of hydropower projects from Hull Street Energy
22 November, 2022
LS Power, a development, investment and operating company focused on the North American power and energy infrastructure sector, has agreed a deal with Hull Street Energy to buy 42 run-of-river hydro facilities across 11 states with a total capacity of 334MW.

Meeting the challenge of the grey tsunami
27 July, 2022
The Hydropower Foundation is offering new hope in the challenge of attracting younger professionals into the US industry. Linda Church Ciocci, the foundation’s Executive Director, explains how.

Investments in hydro set to increase in 2022 says new research
09 February, 2022
Hydropower capacity in 2022 is set to exceed 1200GW and investments will climb to $36.3 billion, new research from Rystad Energy has suggested, with hydro set to solidify its position as the most popular renewable energy source

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