An independent scientific study has shown that the impact of run-of-river hydroelectric projects on salmon has been minimal based on the monitoring data provided to date.
The study analysed 44 sites of Run-of-River hydro facilities in the Canadian province of British Columbia developed since the mid-1980s, but the sites assessed were largely limited to more recent developments (involving 23 of 44 sites).
On Tuesday 1 July at 12.00 to 13.30 GMT, we are teaming up with our REN Alliance partners and the International Renewbable Energy Agency (IRENA) to host a webinar on renewables integration.
The webinar will explore how 100 per cent renewable energy supply is possible based on case studies demonstrating how the technologies work together, and discuss the real costs of renewable energy.
You can sign up for the webinar here. The agenda will include:
Jindal Power Limited, India’s leading power generation company with a portfolio of 15,000 MW in various stages of operation, implementation, development and planning in hydro and thermal, has signed a partnership with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to promote sustainable practices in the development of the company's first hydropower project.
In 2013, Canadian utility Hydro-Québec completed the construction of the Eastmain-1-A-Sarcelle-Rupert hydroelectric development at James Bay, encompassing an area of 46,164 sq km, for a planned electricity output of 8.7 TWh. The project has benefitted throughout from an ongoing partnership with the local indigenous Cree communities.
Jacob Irving is the president of the Canadian Hydropower Association. In this interview he speaks about the hydropower sector in Canada, plans to develop new installed capacity, and cross-border trading with the USA.
Elsbeth Tronstad is executive vice president of SN Power for corporate social responsibility, environment, communications and human resources. She speaks about the business case for sustainability in hydroelectric projects, and the importance for companies to get it right.
In February 2014, Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro announced a memorandum of understanding with US power co-operative Great River Energy to jointly investigate the sale of up to 600 MW of electricity from new hydropower projects.
The MOU arrives as Canada and the USA continue to step up cross-border connectivity. Is it the start of something bigger? David Cormie, Manitoba Hydro’s division manager for power sales and operations, writes about the deal and its implications.
Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D., is the managing director for global water at The Nature Conservancy. He spoke with us about sustainability as a structural issue, and the importance of dialogue between NGOs and the hydropower community.
In October 2013 Manitoba Hydro’s senior vice president for power supply, Ken Adams, was elected IHA’s new president for 2013–15. Ken talks about his past involvement with the association, the big challenges for hydropower and what the future holds.
On 7–9 April 2014, 35 specialists and scientists from around the world gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee, to begin the production of guidelines that will help companies to better understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from reservoirs.