The Reventazón Hydroelectric Project (RHP) is one of the first Latin American hydroelectric projects to use a river offset approach.
Climate change is a complex phenomenon which is under intense study by the scientific community for the risk it poses to sustainable development. Vinod Chilkoti, researcher at the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) writes about possible strategies for the hydropower sector.
Angus Swindon, Entura's national director of power and water, explains that keeping the public safe around dams involves considering and mitigating some more common and less documented risks.
This case study is featured in Better Hydro: Compendium of Case Studies 2017, which highlights examples of good practice in hydropower sustainability across all aspects of project development. You can download the full compendium here.
The World Hydropower Congress will be hosted in Paris in 2019, it was announced at the closing of the 2017 event in Addis Ababa.
Kandeh Yumkella is the United Nations under-secretary general and the chief executive of Sustainable Energy for All. In this video interview, he spoke with us about the challenges in managing water resources and sustainably building new hydropower capacity. You can read more of the interview below.
What is Sustainable Energy For All?
An initiative in Uganda seeks to help agricultural development by encouraging the implementation of small hydropower projects that deliver electricity to farmers, agribusiness, and other customers in the area surrounding the power plant. Economic analysis indicates that such projects can have a large and positive impact on agricultural production and productivity. What is needed now is investment for such power projects, writes Linda Lee Bower.
Maria Van Der Hoeven is the executive director of the International Energy Agency. She spoke with us about hydropower's role in the world's energy future, whether global capacity could be sustainably doubled by 2050, and challenges for governments in developing regionally.
Last week, African and European political and business leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to lay out bold plans for Africa’s energy future, with hydropower at the forefront.
The meeting, held on 12–13 February, brought together 450 participants from 40 countries, including ministers, diplomats, academics and private and civil society representatives.
The Africa–EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) aims to bring access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least 100 million Africans by 2020.
At the inaugural meeting of the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower, keynote speaker and former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged governments and industry to move quickly to develop projects at the scale needed to support the rapid roll-out of variable renewables.
“I believe we urgently need to raise awareness of pumped hydro and its vital role in the clean energy transition. This will require the industry to have a higher profile with the goal of engaging governments and heads of government to make it happen," he said.