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.
Philipp Hauser is vice president carbon markets at GDF Suez Energy Latin America. He writes about his involvement at IHA’s World Congress in Malaysia, focusing on discussions about project finance in the 21st century and the environmental cost of delay.
The main benefit of participating in IHA’s World Congress was the possibility of exchanging views and experiences on topics relating to hydropower sustainability, and how potential problems and opportunities can be addressed.
The multiple roles of hydropower, and the relationship between renewable energy and water will be discussed during the celebrations of World Water Day on 20–21 March 2014 in Tokyo.
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.