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  1. Joseph Rand: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation

    Editor's Note: This is the latest in a  series of profiles  provided by the Hydro Research Foundation that highlight potential future members of the hydroelectric power industry and their accomplishments. The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower.  These students are funded through the Department of Energy’s Water Power Program and industry partners through a two-year grant. Joseph Rand is a master’s graduate from the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC-Berkeley. At ERG, his research focuses on the social and institutional dimensions of renewable energy deployment. Rand is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he is contributing to a national study on public acceptance of wind power. Before beginning graduate school, Rand was the Director of Training and Outreach for the KidWind Project, an organization committed to improving renewable energy STEM education. During this time, he presented at numerous international conferences and served as a Technical Committee Member with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), helping to create the Small Wind Entry-Level Exam. Joseph began his graduate education by pursuing a master's degree in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University, where he was a member of the student-run Renewable Energy Initiative and was a Student Scholar at the 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit. Rand completed his thesis for his award early June with the support of Dr. Duncan Calloway and has been working with, Mike Sale from the Low Impact Hydropower Institute and Linda Church-Ciocci from the National Hydropower Association. The title of his dissertation is" Environmental, Economic, and Social Trade-Offs of Hydropower Relicensing: A Case Study of the Yuba River Development Project." His full report can be found here . Despite providing low-cost, flexible, carbon-free electricity, hydropower faces criticism based on local environmental and social impacts. In the case of hydropower relicensing, this raises the question of how to translate DOE and licensee objectives into locally accepted policies. This interdisciplinary, mixed-methods research will examine the economic, environmental, and social trade-offs of stakeholder flow proposals for a hydropower project undergoing relicensing in California. The ultimate goal of the research is to understand the drivers of public acceptance of hydropower and the specific trade-offs that may be associated with achieving the DOE hydropower vision. Ultimately, the mixed-methods research outlined above will yield three distinct valuations: The licensee’s (FLA) flow proposal economic output; the resource agencies’ and NGOs’ flow proposal economic output; and the stakeholders’ valuation of environmental flows. Comparing these valuations will allow for a deeper understanding of economic costs and socially acceptable trade-offs in relicensing negotiations. These results will assist the hydropower industry in meeting DOE objectives while minimizing environmental externalities and social opposition. Rand has accepted a position at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. To connect with Joe or learn more about the Research Awards Program please email info@hydrofoundation.org or visit the website ww.hydrofoundation.org

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  2. US$50 million invested in Vietnam hydropower firm

    United Overseas Bank Venture Management (UOBVM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Overseas Bank Ltd. and Japan-based Orix Corp., will each invest US$25 million in Bitexco Power Corp., one of Vietnam’s largest private hydropower firms, according to Bitexco Power.  

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    Thu, 1 Sep 2016

  3. Winners of 2016 Women with Hydro Vision Awards announced, to be presented at HydroVision International

    PennWell’s Hydro Group is pleased to announce the third annual class of recipients of the Women with Hydro Vision award.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  4. India signs MoU for US$18.8 million hydro engineering college in Himachal Pradesh

    On July 29, the Himachal Pradesh government, the National Thermal Power Corp. (NTPC) and the National Hydel Power Corp. (NHPC) each signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the first hydro engineering college in India, planned for the city of Bilaspur, in Bilaspur District in the ...

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    Mon, 1 Aug 2016

  1. "We did it." U.S. Department of Energy unveils Hydropower Vision plan

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  2. Hydropower industry needs to upgrade and “regenerate” its most precious resource: Employees

    As opportunities abound for employment in what is essentially a massive regeneration, rehabilitation and upgrade in the hydro-related workforce, HydroWorld.com is one of the best locations on the World Wide Web to find the industry-leading clearinghouse for hydro jobs. 

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    Thu, 23 Apr 2015

  3. NHA announces 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters Award winners

    Five companies were recognized this week by the National Hydropower Association during its annual Waterpower Week in Washington conference for work in hydroelectric power that exemplifies "extraordinary recreational, historical, environmental or educational value."

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  4. Nordt named general manager at Grant PUD

    The commissioners of the Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County (Grant PUD) have appointed Kevin Nordt the new general manager, effective June 3.

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    Thu, 11 Feb 2016

  5. NHA extends call for Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters awards program

    The National Hydropower Association has extended the application period for the 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters awards program to January 20.

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    Wed, 6 Jan 2016

  6. All hydroelectric power professionals invited to special HydroVision International 2012 sneak peek webcast

    HydroWorld.com publisher Marla Barnes is issuing an invitation to all members of the hydropower industry to attend a special webcast on Monday, May 17.

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    Mon, 6 May 2013

  7. Small hydropower takes center stage during COSHA annual conference

    The Colorado Small Hydro Association will be holding its annual conference in conjunction with the world's largest event dedicated entirely to the hydropower industry , COSHA has announced.

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    Fri, 12 Jul 2013

  8. HydroVision International 2012 announces special sneak peek webcast

    HydroWorld.com publisher Marla Barnes is issuing an invitation to all members of the hydropower industry to attend a special webcast on Monday, June 25.

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    Mon, 11 Jun 2012

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