Insights by Carson Mettel, PE

Oroville happened. FERC responded.
Oroville happened. FERC responded.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced updates to their guidelines driven by the Oroville incident and a review of their own dam safety program.

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Better hydropower security with GIS
Better hydropower security with GIS

As physical and cyber security systems and regulatory requirements get more sophisticated, how do you keep track of all the parts and pieces?

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Be a hero: save time and money!
Be a hero: save time and money!

By conducting both your EAP and project’s security plan on the same day, you can cut that time commitment even further—and save money, too.

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Happy Hydropower Day!
Happy Hydropower Day!

As a way to collectively recognize hydropower’s contributions to providing clean energy, our industry recognizes August 23rd as National Hydropower Day.

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Top 4 traits of successful Owners Dam Safety Programs
Top 4 traits of successful Owners Dam Safety Programs

If your Owners Dam Safety Program is used as a compliance program, you should rethink the risks you are taking and revise your plan to minimize them.

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In the wake of Oroville incident, dam owners face new EAP requirements
In the wake of Oroville incident, dam owners face new EAP requirements

The Oroville Dam spillway incident has had far-reaching ramifications for the dam industry. Numerous pieces of legislation have sprung up in the wake of this incident both statewide and on the national level.

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Emergency action planning is boring… until you have an emergency
Emergency action planning is boring… until you have an emergency

If you operate a FERC-licensed hydropower project you must develop and maintain an EAP. Do you know if your plan work when you need it?

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New Dam Safety Program audit requirements
New Dam Safety Program audit requirements

An Owners Dam Safety Program is not a generic, one-size-fits-all plan, but rather a tailor-made compilation of the people, processes, training, surveillance and, most importantly, commitment to dam safety found within your organization.

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Hackers never sleep: Protect your hydropower project
Hackers never sleep: Protect your hydropower project

A revision to the FERC Security program is due out this month (it will be designated as “Version 3B”).

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Cost estimate versus proposal, the difference matters
Cost estimate versus proposal, the difference matters

Have you ever asked for a cost estimate for an engineering project, and then discovered what you really needed was a proposal for professional services?

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