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The Role of a Hydropower Project Manager

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The Role of a Hydropower Project Manager.

hydropower managerA hydropower project manager is responsible for overseeing the construction and operational phases of a hydroelectric power plant. The goal is to produce electricity at competitive rates that are sustainable. This blog post will discuss the main duties and responsibilities a hydropower project manager has from day to day.

There are a number of duties that the hydropower production manager carries out to keep their plant and company running smoothly. They need to monitor safety standards, maintain an environmental compliance record and communicate with other local building authorities as needed for eligibility in programmes funding hydropower plants. Hydropower production managers also oversee maintenance activities at the facility.
Hydroelectric production managers make sure equipment on hydroelectric plants are running smoothly in order to optimise production. They monitor water flow, pressure and temperature.

Hydropower project managers work with a variety of people from different fields including engineers, technicians, construction workers, contractors and government officials. The work is diverse as well because there are many types of hydroelectric projects such as run-of-the-river dams which are built to meet peak power demand and storage dams which are built with the intention of storing water for use at a later time.

A hydropower project manager also monitors equipment to ensure that it is running properly. They prepare reports on hydropower production as well as keeping records of all maintenance activities in order to maintain quality control over their work.

One of the primary responsibilities of a water project manager is to identify and address power system emergencies. Records also have to be maintained for hydropower facility operations as well as any repairs or maintenance needed.

Working as a Hydro Manager involves inspecting and supervising the hydro-turbines, generators or control systems that ensure power production is followed by storage and distribution. Safety standards have to be monitored and adhered to at all times.

What Is A Hydropower Project Manager Also Known As?

hydropower managerOther names for this role include turbine operator, water turbine technician, facility operator, power project manager and power plant engineer. They may also be referred to as hydro station supervisors, hydro mechanical managers or plant managers. Over the years, the titles of this role have changed as the industry evolves.

Hydropower production managers play a crucial role. They must have excellent communication skills and be self-driven. The also oversee safety, maintain an environmental compliance record and communicate with other local building authorities as needed for eligibility in programmes funding hydropower plants. No two days are ever the same in this role and a hydropower manager must be willing to take on a wide array of tasks.




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Understanding OFGEM Compliance

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Guide to Ofgem Compliance

When Renewable Obligations (RO) came into effect in 2002, it replaced the Non-Fossil Fuel obligation (NFFO). Through the Electricity Act of 1989, the secretary of state had the powers to impose an obligation on suppliers to supply some electricity from renewable energy sources. There is also a similar Renewable Obligation for Scotland (ROS) as well as the Northern Ireland Renewable Obligations (NIRO), which was introduced in 2005.

OFGEM complianceWhat is Ofgem?

Ofgem (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) is an official government regulatory body that acts as the energy markets’ ‘watchdog’. Ofgem was formed in 2000 by merging two separate gas and electricity regulators — the Office of Electricity Regulation (OFFER) and Office of Gas Supply (Ofgas).

The role of Ofgem and why Ofgem compliance is important

Ofgem has the role of protecting the consumer’s interest by promoting fair competition and ensuring that the supply of gas and electricity is secure. It is also responsible for the administration and implementation of RO on all the licensed electricity suppliers to ensure that energy suppliers minimise environmental pollution from their activities.

Ofgem’s role under RO, ROS and NIRO is to issue Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) designed to reward electricity suppliers for the supply of electricity from renewable sources. All new hydropower schemes and the existing hydropower stations under 20MW are eligible for Ofgem compliance if they were built or refurbished after the 1st of January 1990. All stations with a net capacity of 1.25 MW are also eligible regardless of their built or refurbishment date. Under RO/ROS/NIRO, all licensed electricity suppliers must produce evidence that:

  • They have supplied customers with electricity from renewable sources
  • Other supplies have done so, or
  • They have done so together with other suppliers

The Renewable Obligation Certificate helps identify the value of the renewable attribute from energy production so that it can be traded separately from electricity. Suppliers can use ROCs from generators and other parties as evidence that they have complied with RO. To discharge their obligation, suppliers should submit ROCs to Ofgem every year or pay the buy-out price, which is returnable once Ofgem verifies that the supplier has fulfilled their obligation with ROC according to the ROCs they had presented.