Insights by Carson Mettel, PE

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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Rebuilding Little Falls Dam seen as economic boon
Rebuilding Little Falls Dam seen as economic boon

It’s exciting to redesign a dam, bring back a beautiful lake and help rejuvenate tourism at one of Wisconsin’s most attractive parks.

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Dam owners need to address cybersecurity
Dam owners need to address cybersecurity

FERC is asking dam owners about cybersecurity during their annual safety inspection. The focus will be whether your hydropower project qualifies as a Critical Cyber Asset.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission insights from Midwest Hydro Users Group fall meeting
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission insights from Midwest Hydro Users Group fall meeting

The Midwest Hydro Users Group hosted Chicago FERC Regional Engineer John Zygaj to facilitate the Regulators Forum. Highlights are here with links to the rest of the info.

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