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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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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?

An extraordinary challenge
22 February, 2019
IWP&DC spoke with Richard Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the International Hydropower Association about key lessons he has learned throughout his career

City Light helps put out the fire
03 January, 2019
Seattle City Light has been recognised for its Skagit hydroelectric project wildfire mitigation plan. Nathan MacDonald gives more details.

The second phase
12 November, 2018
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) provides information on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, and details on how work is progressing on Phase II

Introducing better planning for small-scale hydropower in Wales
12 October, 2018
Michael Phillips, Principal Consultant at Dulas, explains how potential changes to permitted development rights will impact small hydro projects across Wales.

The modern dam engineer
15 February, 2018
Like many industries, the dam industry is influenced by both internal and external factors which can prompt change. IWP&DC was interested in finding out if such elements have affected the engineer’s working life when inspecting dams. We asked members of the industry for their own thoughts about the role of the modern dam engineer: Has this changed in recent years? Are engineers faced with increased challenges? And will this role continue to evolve?

The Oroville Incident – an opportunity for dam safety
12 July, 2017
Martin W. McCann, Jr is Director of the National Performance of Dams Programme in the US. Here he talks about what why we should view the recent spillway failure at Oroville Dam as an opportunity to examine the state of dam practices



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