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Better and greener - including sustainable hydropower
24 November, 2020
In an effort to encourage countries to include sustainable hydropower development in their Covid-19 recovery plans, the World Bank recently hosted a virtual conference with a host of respected speakers. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
A capable and flexible technology
13 November, 2020
Pumped storage hydropower has proven to be an ideal solution to the growing list of challenges faced by grid operators. As the transition to a clean energy future rapidly unfolds, this flexible technology will become even more important for a reliable, affordable and low carbon grid. Nicholas Troja and Samuel Law from the International Hydropower association explain more.
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
International forum for pumped storage to be launched this week
02 November, 2020
A Global forum will be launched this week to develop policy proposals and exchange knowledge on the technical and market reforms necessary to overcome barriers to sustainable pumped storage hydropower projects, known as the ‘world’s water batteries’.
New publication offers guidance on responsible resettlement
02 November, 2020
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has published a new how-to guide to support project developers to identify, manage and avoid risks associated with delivering a resettlement programme.
Environmental groups call for end to new hydropower development in Europe
27 October, 2020
Over 150 environmental groups have joined forces and launched a manifesto calling for the end of new hydropower development in Europe, but the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the trade association which aims to advance sustainable hydropower, says that an outright moratorium on hydropower in Europe would be inappropriate and stop many important projects going ahead, which are urgently required to ensure the success of the clean energy transition.
US hydropower sector in ‘landmark’ collaboration agreement with environmental groups
19 October, 2020
A collaboration agreement has been signed between environmental groups and the US hydropower sector which recognises the need to tackle climate change with renewable energy while also preserving healthy rivers.
IHA announces launch of training academy for sustainable hydropower
15 October, 2020
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has launched a new training academy for hydropower specialists designed to expand and improve knowledge in hydropower sustainability.
World Energy Outlook 2020 says Covid response can reshape the future of energy, with renewables taking centre stage
13 October, 2020
The acceleration of clean energy transitions, and how quickly energy and climate goals are reached, will depend on how governments respond to today’s challenges, the biggest being the Covid-19 crisis, the World Energy Outlook 2020 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests.
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
Hydropower is a significant renewables employer, says report
02 October, 2020
Almost two million people are working in the hydropower industry globally, a new jobs report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found, making it the third largest renewables employer.
Collaborative Framework on Hydropower advances discussions
29 September, 2020
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has held its second meeting of the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower, advancing the initial discussion from June 2020. With more than 100 attendees from 49 Members and States in Accession, the virtual meeting session was moderated by H.E. Mr. Jean-Christophe Fueeg, Head of International Energy Affairs at the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of Switzerland.
More women needed in Nepal’s hydropower sector says IFC report
22 September, 2020
A new report from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has urged companies in Nepal to take action to boost women’s contribution in the hydropower sector.
XFLEX HYDRO flexible technologies decision-tools under development
08 September, 2020
New tools to assist hydropower plant owners to make decisions about investing in technologies for enhanced operational flexibility are being developed by the XFLEX HYDRO project
Q&A with Steve Davy, Hydro Tasmania
03 September, 2020
With Evangelista Albertini recently named new CEO of Hydro Tasmania, IWP&DC spoke to outgoing CEO, Steve Davy, to ask questions about his experiences at Hydro Tasmania and what his future holds.
New study by IHA identifies Asian hydropower plants that could benefit from modernisation
01 September, 2020
A new study has identified decades-old hydropower stations across Asia that could contribute to the region’s clean energy goals if they were significantly upgraded.
Calls for more better financing and regulation for hydro modernisation in South American
29 July, 2020
More investment and regulatory support is urgently needed to encourage the modernisation of hydropower projects in South America, a blog published by the International Hydropower Association suggests.
Leading by example
17 July, 2020
The World Bank, and a collaboration between the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power, have published case study reports to demonstrate effective operation and maintenance practices, plus the successful development of small hydropower.
MEP’s back report on pumped storage
16 July, 2020
Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of a report that encourages European governments to scale-up their pumped storage capacity.
World Bank approves additional funds for Nurek refurb
07 July, 2020
The World Bank has approved an additional $50 million from the International Development Association (IDA) for the second phase of the Nurek Hydropower Rehabilitation Project in Tajikistan.