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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.
Bipartison bill set to spur hydropower upgrades, restore free flowing rivers
12 December, 2022
New Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) is set to establish a new 30% tax incentive for dam safety and environmental improvements and to remove obsolete river obstructions.
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.
US hydro industry welcomes signing of Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
17 August, 2022
The National Hydropower Association in the US has welcomed the news that President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law this week, with CEO Malcolm Woolf stating that the legislation will help to accelerate the development of new pumped storage hydropower projects and hydropower generation on existing dams.
Stantec to study pumped storage potential in Canada
16 June, 2022
Stantec has announced it has been commissioned by WaterPower Canada to assess the potential for pumped storage hydropower across Canada.
New market mechanisms needed for pumped storage development, says Turnbull
07 April, 2022
A competitive market mechanism is needed to encourage developers to build new pumped storage, Malcolm Turnbull has said, highlighting the need for more Long Duration Electricity Storage (LDES) to meet the energy storage needs of rapidly changing power systems.
Groups propose improvements to licensing process in the US, restore autonomy for tribes
05 April, 2022
A package of proposals has been sent to the US Congress and the White House which call for amendments to the Federal Power Act to enhance cooperation, improve clarity, restore autonomy and self-determination for Tribal Nations, and suggest improvements to the hydropower licensing, relicensing and license surrender processes.
Construction starts at Gratkorn hydro plant, Austria
29 March, 2022
Construction has officially started at the 11MW Gratkorn hydropower plant on the river Mur, north of Graz, Styria, Austria, with the formal groundbreaking ceremony held on 25 March.
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.
Cruachan plays host to former Australian PM
17 November, 2021
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – an international proponent for pumped storage hydropower - has visited Drax Group’s iconic ‘Hollow Mountain’ Cruachan Power Station to see the critical role it plays in unlocking Scotland’s renewable power potential and learn more about the energy company’s plans for a major expansion.
New tool to assess cybersecurity risks at hydro plants
09 November, 2021
A new tool is being developed to allow hydropower operators to assess their risks and make informed investments for enhanced cybersecurity.