Early-stage planning is under way for a multi-purpose hydropower programme on the Sava River in Croatia. 'Zagreb on the Sava' could provide 25% of the capital’s annual electricity consumption, while also providing flood defence control and improving navigability in the region.
A recent report from researchers at Oxford University questions the economic viability of large-scale hydropower development, highlighting cost and schedule overruns. Entitled “the actual costs of hydropower megaprojects development”, the paper overlooks the multiple benefits of these projects.
We take a chance to review some fundamentals of hydropower and the return on investment of these projects.
The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) and IHA extended their collaboration by renewing their co-operation agreement last week, 26 February. The agreement lays out plans for mutually beneficial work in the next two years, and the continuation of the IHA China office, which is hosted by the institute.
Jean-Michel Devernay is the World Bank's chief technical specialist for hydropower. He spoke with us about why sustainable hydropower is critical to meeting the challenges of the developing world, and why the bank is committed to DR Congo's Inga 3 project.
Our annual activity report, Advancing Sustainable Hydropower, reviews our work in 2013 and outlines our vision for the future. A key element of this regards hydropower’s unique role in integrated renewable energy systems.
We previously reported how we have worked with our REN Alliance partners at COP19 to promote renewables working together.
The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is a tool for assessing the sustainability of hydropower projects against a comprehensive range of social, environmental, technical and economic considerations.
Some 20 senior representatives of our corporate members met in Brazil last week. The topics discussed included the development of hydropower in the Amazon region, the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Protocol in the early stages of project development, and the need to work closely with the agencies involved in the preparation of new projects.
Gil Maranhão Neto is the director of business development at GDF Suez Energy Brasil. He spoke with us about the hydropower environment in the Amazon region, the role of the private sector and the impacts of IHA's work.
With Alexandre Uhlig, Instituto Acende, Brazil
Who are you?
I am responsible for Sustainable Development at Instituto Acende Brasil since 2006.
We have launched a poster to introduce people to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol as part of the Hydro4LIFE project.
The poster explains the role of the protocol and how it is applied to projects around the world. It also includes information on the topics assessed, and shows how these topics are scored against basic good practice and proven best practice.