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Addressing the impending workforce shortage
20 March, 2023
Aware of the important role it has to play in decarbonising the power grid, the US hydropower industry is pulling out all the stops to address an impending shortage of workers, as increasing numbers are set to reach retirement age over the coming years.
Climate change and hydropower
17 January, 2023
The impacts of climate change are being felt across the European and North American hydropower industries. However, even with extreme and varied weather conditions, research shows that hydro can still play a critical role in a stable power grid.
Training – more relevant than ever
12 January, 2023
As the clean energy transition gains momentum, and with an ever-increasing pressure on existing water resources and evolving best practices, there has never been a more important time to build skills and capacity within the water power and dams industry. IWP&DC asked members of the industry to share their thoughts on why training is now more relevant than ever.
A strong business case
24 November, 2022
To fulfil hydropower development potential and meet climate goals, the industry must actively promote its sustainable credentials to attract greater investment. Suzanne Pritchard reports
03 October, 2022
Hydropower is working in partnership with other renewables across the grid.
Canada’s energy future is powered by water
31 August, 2022
Canada has a wealth of untapped hydropower potential. Meeting the country’s ambitious climate goals will require collaboration from multiple industries, careful planning, and the gumption and tenacity to get started right away. WaterPower Canada explains how it is helping to lead the way towards a low carbon future.
More than a mark of assurance
24 August, 2022
For more than 20 years the Low Impact Hydropower Institute in the US has provided an independent, science-based analysis of a hydropower project’s impacts on its ecosystem.
Gaining greater insight
08 February, 2022
Industry-wide reports and conferences highlight the need to learn from climate change, dam failure and promoting diversity.
A sustained effort
01 February, 2022
Ageing infrastructure and climate-related impacts are further encouraging an industry-wide focus on sustainability.
The pumped storage story continues
04 January, 2022
In its third report on pumped storage, the National Hydropower Association gives a comprehensive overview of the US industry.
Key to reliable renewables
10 December, 2021
Decarbonisation of the global energy system is key to tackling climate change. However, without sufficient long duration energy storage to provide reliability for intermittent renewables such as wind and solar power, the success of the clean energy transition could be at risk. As the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower highlights, pumped storage has an increasingly important role to play in the years ahead. Suzanne Pritchard reports
An investor’s guide to hydropower in Africa
03 December, 2021
To help meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, and as the world moves towards net zero carbon, African nations will become increasingly reliant on hydropower, which is the continent's main source of renewable energy. However, to fully realise its potential, the African hydropower sector needs to see significant investment over the coming decades. A new investor guide to hydropower is hoping to pave the way across the continent for host governments, private investors and funding parties.
Aligning with good practice
26 October, 2021
The International Hydropower Association has been engaging with various stakeholders to help build capacity in sustainable hydropower throughout the Western Balkans. With industry-wide sustainability standards and tools available to help guide responsible developments, there is said to be no excuse for hydro projects in 2021 not to be aligned with good environmental and social standards and practices. Suzanne Pritchard reports
Advances in hydropower tech can support renewable power system security
21 September, 2021
Innovative hydropower technologies can be a solution to growing demands for flexibility and reliability in renewable energy systems. Report by the International Hydropower Association
Maintaining the path to safety
27 April, 2021
Effective and regular maintenance practices are an important component of good dam safety programmes. Any existing structural deficiencies or delays will create additional vulnerabilities as extreme weather events become more commonplace with climate change. Report by Suzanne Pritchard.
Welsh dismay as hydro support axed
12 March, 2021
Welsh government ministers have been accused of abandoning small hydro operators after scrapping a crucial business grant.
Michigan dam failures prompt re-assessment of safety
26 February, 2021
Dam safety in the US state of Michigan was thrown into the spotlight after the failure of Edenville and Sanford Dams during May 2020.
Powered by women
09 December, 2020
Women could be the much-needed catalyst to drive Nepal’s hydropower sector into the future with clearly targeted policies and practices to improver gender equality and diversity. Vikram Kumar from the International Finance Corporation reports.
Investments in Uzbekistan
03 November, 2020
JSC Uzbekhydroenergo is to build three new hydropower plants on the Aksu River in Uzbekistan. IWP&DC spoke with Abdugani Sanginov, Chairman of the Board, to find out more details on the new developments
Pumped storage development in Europe
06 October, 2020
With EU member states being urged to look at potential pumped storage development in their countries, IWP&DC takes a look how current projects are progressing