Key insights unveiled in annual Ear to the River Hydropower Industry Report

18 May 2023

The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA), the Hydropower Foundation and Kleinschmidt Associates has announced the release of the second annual "Ear to the River" survey. Launched in 2021, this collaborative initiative aims to provide valuable insights into the North American hydroelectric industry that surpass publicly available information.

The Ear to the River report offers a comprehensive analysis of strategies and perspectives within the industry, presenting hydroelectric asset owners with an opportunity to assess their performance and explore new avenues for growth. This information is also of value to vendors and suppliers seeking to identify emerging opportunities in the rapidly evolving clean energy sector.

“The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) was pleased to once again partner with Kleinschmidt Associates and the Hydropower Foundation for the second annual Ear to the River survey,” said Janelle Bates, Director of Communications and Member Relations, with the OWA. “This annual analysis of the waterpower industry allows asset owners from across North America to provide their perspectives on the current state and future of the waterpower industry.  Additionally, the information collected provides our Association with valuable data and insights that can be used to support our advocacy efforts to ensure that waterpower is part of Ontario’s clean energy future.” 

“The impacts of retirement and concerns about finding people has been an issue looming over the hydro industry for many years but it is more heightened than ever before since the hydro industry is not static but is growing and dynamic and will need to continue to attract talent in many areas” added Tim Oakes, Business Sector Leader, Power and Energy, with Kleinschmidt. 

As the team prepares for the 2023 edition, they are eager to hear thoughts, questions, and ideas from industry peers on increasing participation and engagement in future surveys. The “Ear to the River” survey team remains committed to collaborating with industry partners to ensure the survey continues to be a valuable resource for the hydropower community. 

The report is now available for download free of charge by visiting Ear to the River 2022 Survey 


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