• James Danly was sworn in March 31 as FERC's newest member, for a term that runs until June 30, 2023. Danly, whom the Senate confirmed March 12, had served as FERC's general counsel since 2017. FERC has one vacancy, the seat vacated last year by Cheryl LaFleur. Under federal law, FERC can have no more than three commissioners from the same political party. Chairman Neil Chatterjee, as well as Danly and Commissioner Bernard McNamee, are Republicans, while Commissioner Richard Glick is a Democrat. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has pressed Trump to name Allison Clements, clean-energy markets program director for the Energy Foundation, to fill the remaining vacancy.
  • DOE on April 9 announced $38 million for research into hydrokinetic turbine technology for use with tidal and river currents. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy funding would be used for studies of structures and materials and their interaction with the subsurface environment, aimed at reducing costs by up to 61.5 percent compared with current systems.
  • BC Hydro announced March 19 it will scale back some construction activities at the 1,100 MW Site C hydro project site in response to health concern with the "increasing escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic." At the same time, the utility said, it will focus "only on essential work and critical milestones" that would reduce the number of workers and the level of traveling required, such as achieving a requisite diversion of the Peace River in fall 2020. BC Hydro said it would "implement new measures" if warranted based on information and advice provided by health authorities.

News Editor - Clearing Up

Rick Adair has been with NewsData since 2003, and is news editor for Clearing Up and editor for Water Power West. Previously, he covered environmental and energy issues in the Lake Tahoe area. He has a doctorate in earth sciences.