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Michigan dam failures prompt re-assessment of safety
26 February, 2021
Dam safety in the US state of Michigan was thrown into the spotlight after the failure of Edenville and Sanford Dams during May 2020.
There is no other industry like it
14 April, 2015
For almost 24 years the same executive director has served at the National Hydropower Association (NHA) in the US. It is rare for one individual to be at the helm of any successful organisation for such a length of time, and it is indeed even rarer for that individual to be a woman. Suzanne Pritchard spoke with Linda Church Ciocci from the NHA about her vast experience of working in the hydropower industry.
The future for hydro - roundtable discussion
02 March, 2015
Suzanne Pritchard talked to key members of the hydropower industry to discover what they think the future holds for hydropower
Pumped storage gets in on the act
08 November, 2013
Energy storage is becoming a big topic for debate in the US and is described as being a unique and valuable resource for the electric grid. As the introduction of a bipartisan energy storage bill seeks to smooth the path ahead for storage solutions, it also seems likely to brighten future prospects for pumped storage plants.
Bringing pumped storage to the table
18 March, 2013
Prompted by worldwide interest in pumped storage development, IWP&DC invited representatives from the sector to a roundtable discussion. We discover what role Alstom, MWH, the National Hydropower Association and Voith have been playing, and are set to play, in this burgeoning sector of the hydropower industry.
Award winning scheme from NYPA
20 August, 2012
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has received an Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Award from the National Hydropower Association (NHA) for the habitat restoration of Little Beaver Island, the fourth such award for the power utility
Unlocking hydro potential
20 August, 2012
Hydropower still has enormous unfulfilled potential in the US. Recent reports suggest that the country’s conventional hydro fleet could be expanded by 15% - without the construction of a single new dam. But can hydro find the right key to unlock such growth potential? Although the Department of Energy has been applauded for its research efforts into energising non-powered dams, the US Army Corps of Engineers has also been criticised for excluding hydro from recent proposals. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Say yes to hydro
22 June, 2012
Hydropower has the ability to put Americans back to work and be a driving force behind economic recovery. This is the message from Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers, whose proposed piece of legislation actively promotes the development of hydropower across the country. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Gift of the gap
15 May, 2012
Hydro and more transmission links are increasingly key resources to balance intermittent generation as more wind and solar plants are built, in Europe and North America. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Getting in on the act
11 August, 2011
The Hydropower Improvement Act of 2011 looks set to lead the way forward for hydropower development in the US.
Small dams: a big cause for concern in Vietnam
20 May, 2011
Research from a rural commune has demonstrated the need for adequate risk based assessment, responsibility and accountability for small dam safety management in Vietnam. Tuyet Thi Dam, Dr John D Pisaniello and Professor Roger L Burritt explain why the importance of small dam safety should not be underestimated
A presidential role
07 July, 2010
The National Hydropower Association is keen to work with US President Obama, encouraged by his positive recognition of the role hydro power can play in serving national priorities
Hydro set to ease economic woes
05 February, 2010
A recent study in the US is urging the government to support hydro power to help it steer the country back to economic recovery through the creation of thousands of new jobs
Vital statistics – pumped storage in 2009
04 January, 2010
IWP&DC provides a roundup of developments in the pumped storage industry over the last year
Under the influence - 60 most influential people in the industry
06 October, 2009
Welcome to International Water Power & Dam Construction’s list of the 60 most influential people in the industry. These people have helped shape the course of the global hydro and dams business over the last 60 years. This list – in alphabetical order – is the result of nominations from contacts and readers around the world, and was decided by a panel of industry experts
Highlighting hydro developments
15 May, 2009
Members of the hydro industry reflect on the major developments in the industry over the past six decades and comment on important issues for the future
Examining hydro's future role
08 July, 2008
A recent workshop in the US helped to redefine hydro power’s role in the changing generation mix. Report by Tom Key and Patrick March
Twenty-first century powerhouse
18 June, 2008
Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director of the National Hydropower Association, explains why US hydro should no longer be viewed as a relic of the past
Ten years on - celebrating success
18 June, 2008
The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Colin Clark, Chair of the CHA Board and Pierre Fortin, President of CHA, are satisfied with past industry successes but warn they cannot be complacent now. The future is bright but much work remains to be done.
On course for success
20 January, 2005
Efrossini C. Kalkani, Iris K. Boussiakou, and Leda G. Boussiakou analyse the procedures that educational theories suggest for classroom learning, and apply these procedures in restructuring a civil engineering course in Hydraulic Structures and Dams for an international audience