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What we do at Hydro Leader Magazine

Hydro Leader focuses on the people and solutions responsible for maintaining and improving our most reliable renewable energy source. The magazine is printed 10 times each year with combined issues in July/August and November/December. 

Volume 5 Issue 6 June

To a great extent, the physical side of hydropower infrastructure is already highly optimized. However, digitalization offers significant opportunities to improve operations, power trading and dispatch, and…

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Volume 5 Issue 5 May

The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) owns and operates nearly 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines to fulfill its mission of delivering power from 57 federal dams to nearly 700 customer…

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Volume 5 Issue 4 April

At times, hydropower does not get the credit it deserves, overshadowed by popular technologies such as wind and solar. But as anyone who is familiar with the grid can tell you, hydropower…

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Volume 5 Issue 3 March

Hydropower facilities have a lot of moving parts—both literally and metaphorically. Hydropower owners and operators must keep track of a multitude of operational concerns, ranging from…

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Volume 5 Issue 2 February

The terms artificial intelligence and machine learning seem more and more common every day—but what exactly do they mean, and what do these technologies mean for the hydro industry?

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Volume 5 Issue 1 January

In this month’s cover story, we speak with Chris Mattson, a 28‑year veteran of Tacoma Power who today serves as the utility’s generation manager. The utility provides its customers in and around the city of…

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Volume 4 Issue 10 Nov/Dec

The primary purpose of hydropower facilities is to produce electricity, but their benefits go far beyond that. They can provide water storage, energy storage, flood control…

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Volume 4 Issue 8 September

Hydropower is sometimes thought of as an energy source of the past: a “forgotten giant,” as one of this month’s interviewees puts it. But as the penetration of wind and solar…

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Our publication serves as a clearinghouse for requests for proposals and job listings published by water agencies and irrigation districts throughout the United States. We publish job listings at no charge on our website and in our print magazine as well as in its sister publications, Irrigation Leader and Municipal Water Leader.