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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Snare Hydro System worksite in NWT, Canada

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Snare Hydro System worksite in NWT, Canada

By Elizabeth Ingram, HydroReview content director The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) of Northwest Territories, Canada, has declared an outbreak at the Northwest Territories Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Snare Hydro System worksite after two people developed COVID-19 since Sept. 11, 2021 including one person who acquired COVID-19 on site. An outbreak in a closed facility in the Northwest […]
EIA: COVID-19 reversed recent residential electricity demand drop in 2020, but not by much

EIA: COVID-19 reversed recent residential electricity demand drop in 2020, but not by much

Although many people spent more time at home during 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, retail sales of electricity to the residential sector in the United States, calculated per capita (per person), averaged 4,437 kWh per person, only 1% more than in 2019, according to a new report released Friday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Warmer weather in […]
New study: Energy pros optimistic for the sector’s prospects despite COVID-19

New study: Energy pros optimistic for the sector’s prospects despite COVID-19

A new study released by workforce solutions provider Airswift indicates that energy professionals remain optimistic for the sector’s prospects in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fifth annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), released in partnership with Energy Jobline, has revealed that 67% of the energy workforce believe that the sector has grown over the past year and 77% expect it […]
Quick take on POWERGEN+ for February: future workforce needs, planning for outages and dealing with COVID-19

Quick take on POWERGEN+ for February: future workforce needs, planning for outages and dealing with COVID-19

In its Workforce of the Future report two years ago, research and consulting firm Deloitte highlighted the challenges facing all sectors as we enter what its calls “Industry 4.0,” a sort of fourth industrial revolution but this time led by digitalization, automation and predictive analytics. The next POWERGEN+ virtual series will focus on the future power plant workforce needs, how […]
Critical energy workers need COVID-19 vaccine sooner, FERC tells CDC

Critical energy workers need COVID-19 vaccine sooner, FERC tells CDC

First posted in Hydro Review The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting that specific members of the energy workforce receive the COVID-19 vaccine sooner, moving from Phase 1c to 1b. In the letter, signed by all FERC commissioners, the agency says, “Over the course of the last year, workers at […]
IEA: Global electricity demand declines as effects of COVID-19 pandemic persist

IEA: Global electricity demand declines as effects of COVID-19 pandemic persist

By Theresa Smith ESI Africa After experiencing its biggest decline in decades, global electricity demand is expected to only show a modest rebound in 2021. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects growth will be led by growth in China, India and other emerging economies. The historic shock of the COVID-10 crises will result in a 2% decline in global electricity […]
Georgia Power: Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear project holding fast to schedule despite COVID-19 impacts

Georgia Power: Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear project holding fast to schedule despite COVID-19 impacts

COVID-19 is impacting the cost and workforce schedule for the Vogtle Units 3 and 4 expansion, but Georgia Power reported that it’s still planning to put the nuclear energy project into service by November 2021. In a filing with the Georgia Public Service Commission, the lead owner for the only U.S. nuclear construction project ongoing testified that it has incurred […]
NIA: UK nuclear industry jobs robust despite COVID-19 impacts

NIA: UK nuclear industry jobs robust despite COVID-19 impacts

The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has published robust jobs numbers, showing that the number of people employed in the industry has remained steady despite the pandemic. According to the NIA’s annual Jobs Map, 59,584 people are employed in the civil nuclear sector across the UK, a slight increase on 2019. All parts of the industry, including generation, new build, decommissioning […]
EPC Best Practices during COVID-19 and beyond: Webcast tackled challenges facing utilities and contractors

EPC Best Practices during COVID-19 and beyond: Webcast tackled challenges facing utilities and contractors

Among the best and brightest in the power industry’s engineering, procurement and construction sector — both from the contractor and utility side — joined together earlier this summer to retrace the lessons of the past, define the disruptive present challenges and explore the future paths toward project successes and completions. A new, free webcast featured on Power Engineering, “EPC Best […]
Moody’s cites COVID-19 as yet another negative weight on coal-fired power capacity

Moody’s cites COVID-19 as yet another negative weight on coal-fired power capacity

The energy demand impact of the coronavirus shutdown is hitting the already distressed coal-fired sector particularly hard, statistics show. A new report by Moody’s Investor Service highlights the negative weight on coal with lower electricity demand brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent U.S. Energy Information Administration update on April electricity generation showed that coal-fired power dropped to less […]

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