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FirstLight announces change in leadership, Justin Trudell named President and CEO
17 November, 2023
FirstLight, a prominent clean power producer, developer, and energy storage company, is set for a leadership transition with the departure of its President and CEO, Alicia Barton, effective December 1, 2023. Stepping into the role is the current Chief Operating Officer, Justin Trudell, known for his extensive experience and successful tenure leading operations at FirstLight.
General procurement notice released for Mpatamanga Hydroelectric Power Project, Malawi
13 November, 2023
A General Procurement Notice (GPN) has been released to introduce the Mpatamanga Hydroelectric Power Project to the global hydropower community and to announce that the Employer will be commencing an international competitive procurement process, involving three separate contracts: a civil package, electro-mechanical package, and transmission package. Details below:
World Hydropower Congress sets stage for sustainable growth leading to COP28
03 November, 2023
The 2023 World Hydropower Congress concluded with a resounding commitment to power sustainable growth as it welcomed participants from over 300 organizations and 43 countries, united by a shared vision of promoting sustainable hydropower.
GE Vernova's Hydro Power business completes key commissioning for Nigeria's second largest hydropower plant
11 October, 2023
GE Vernova's Hydro Power business has successfully completed the commissioning of four 175MW Francis hydropower turbines and generators at Nigeria's Zungeru project in Niger State. This development marks a significant milestone for the Zungeru project, located along the Kaduna River, and establishes it as Nigeria's second-largest hydropower plant with a total capacity of 700MW.
US Senators Murkowski and Sullivan propose legislation to boost hydropower upgrades
02 October, 2023
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both representing Alaska under the Republican banner, have introduced legislation with the aim of fortifying existing hydroelectric facilities to continue providing clean, flexible, and cost-effective electricity to Alaskan consumers. The senators were also among the original co-sponsors of the "Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity and River Restoration Act of 2023," which has garnered support from a diverse coalition of industry, environmental, and clean energy organizations.
Global collaboration in hydropower: IHA and IWHR join forces
26 September, 2023
In an effort to enhance sustainable hydropower initiatives on a global scale, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the China Institute of Water Resources (IWHR) have entered into a cooperative agreement this month.
Eurasian Development Bank agrees to fund Kulanak hydro plant, Kyrgyz Republic
13 February, 2023
The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and Naryn Production Enterprise have agreed on financing for the construction and operation of the 100MW Kulanak hydropower plant in the Kyrgyz Republic.
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.
US hydro industry welcomes signing of Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
17 August, 2022
The National Hydropower Association in the US has welcomed the news that President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law this week, with CEO Malcolm Woolf stating that the legislation will help to accelerate the development of new pumped storage hydropower projects and hydropower generation on existing dams.
Stantec to study pumped storage potential in Canada
16 June, 2022
Stantec has announced it has been commissioned by WaterPower Canada to assess the potential for pumped storage hydropower across Canada.
New market mechanisms needed for pumped storage development, says Turnbull
07 April, 2022
A competitive market mechanism is needed to encourage developers to build new pumped storage, Malcolm Turnbull has said, highlighting the need for more Long Duration Electricity Storage (LDES) to meet the energy storage needs of rapidly changing power systems.
Groups propose improvements to licensing process in the US, restore autonomy for tribes
05 April, 2022
A package of proposals has been sent to the US Congress and the White House which call for amendments to the Federal Power Act to enhance cooperation, improve clarity, restore autonomy and self-determination for Tribal Nations, and suggest improvements to the hydropower licensing, relicensing and license surrender processes.
Construction starts at Gratkorn hydro plant, Austria
29 March, 2022
Construction has officially started at the 11MW Gratkorn hydropower plant on the river Mur, north of Graz, Styria, Austria, with the formal groundbreaking ceremony held on 25 March.
Cruachan plays host to former Australian PM
17 November, 2021
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – an international proponent for pumped storage hydropower - has visited Drax Group’s iconic ‘Hollow Mountain’ Cruachan Power Station to see the critical role it plays in unlocking Scotland’s renewable power potential and learn more about the energy company’s plans for a major expansion.
New tool to assess cybersecurity risks at hydro plants
09 November, 2021
A new tool is being developed to allow hydropower operators to assess their risks and make informed investments for enhanced cybersecurity.
Funding available to assist hydropower certification
26 October, 2021
Hydropower projects that are seeking certification against the newly launched Hydropower Sustainability Standard can now apply for financing to support costs, the International Hydropower Association has announced.
Welsh renewables report overlooks hydropower and tidal energy says industry
03 August, 2021
A Welsh Affairs Committee report on the potential for renewable energy in Wales has overlooked the hydropower and tidal energy sectors, the British Hydropower Association has claimed.
New Bill introduced to incentivize hydropower upgrades
29 June, 2021
New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the US that will offer federal tax incentives to encourage safety, environmental, and grid resiliency upgrades for hydropower dams.
IHA sustainability assessment fund expands to more countries
15 February, 2021
Hydropower project developers and operators in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas have until May 2021 to apply for the Hydropower Sustainability ESG Assessment Fund.
Welsh Government to meet with small scale hydro operators after grant scrapped
25 November, 2020
The Welsh Government is to meet with small-scale hydro operators this weekl after ministers were accused of abandoning the sector by scrapping a crucial business grant.