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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.
IHA sustainability assessment fund expands to more countries
15 February, 2021
Hydropower project developers and operators in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas have until May 2021 to apply for the Hydropower Sustainability ESG Assessment Fund.
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.
Welsh Government to meet with small scale hydro operators after grant scrapped
25 November, 2020
The Welsh Government is to meet with small-scale hydro operators this weekl after ministers were accused of abandoning the sector by scrapping a crucial business grant.
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
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.
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
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.
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 bill to promote hydropower development in the US
09 July, 2020
A bill introduced by Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers could help speed up hydropower development in the US.
Applications open for women in hydropower mentoring scheme
29 June, 2020
A mentoring scheme for women in hydropower is now accepting applications for the 2020 - 2021 year.
The next generation of pumped storage
08 June, 2020
Jim Day, CEO of Daybreak Power in the US, gives an insight into his company’s plans for new pumped storage plants near the Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams. By 2030, Day says, the need for large-scale, cost-effective storage will be glaring and pumped storage will realise its potential as an essential element of the transition to a clean-energy future.
O&M strategies for hydropower
03 June, 2020
The World Bank, in collaboration with the International Hydropower Association, has published a new handbook on operations and maintenance to help enhance the efficiency and reliability of the worldwide hydropower fleet.
Hydropower associations team up to set Covid-19 recovery pathway
19 May, 2020
Sixteen international and national organisations representing the global hydropower sector have released a joint statement setting out guiding principles for energy infrastructure policy in the Covid-19 recovery.
Hydropower over the next decade
15 April, 2020
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, IWP&DC asked members of the industry for their thoughts on what the next decade may entail for hydropower development across the globe.
Deadline extended for $1m assessment fund for sustainable hydropower projects
07 April, 2020
The deadline for the Hydropower Sustainability ESG Assessment Fund announced in February has been extended to 1 June 2020. The decision comes as a response to the general disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
How is the hydropower industry responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
06 April, 2020
IWP&DC takes a look at how the hydropower industry is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what measures are being put in place by companies throughout the industry. This article is being constantly updated as we get new information so please share your company’s updates with us and we will add them here
Revisiting the debate on large dams
03 April, 2020
Twenty years have passed since the World Commission on Dams issued its final report. Christopher Schulz from the University of Cambridge in the UK asks if the commission mattered and what have been its impacts and legacies?