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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.
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
Funding available to assist hydropower certification
26 October, 2021
Hydropower projects that are seeking certification against the newly launched Hydropower Sustainability Standard can now apply for financing to support costs, the International Hydropower Association has announced.
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
Welsh renewables report overlooks hydropower and tidal energy says industry
03 August, 2021
A Welsh Affairs Committee report on the potential for renewable energy in Wales has overlooked the hydropower and tidal energy sectors, the British Hydropower Association has claimed.
New Bill introduced to incentivize hydropower upgrades
29 June, 2021
New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the US that will offer federal tax incentives to encourage safety, environmental, and grid resiliency upgrades for hydropower dams.
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.