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Do the benefits of sustainable hydropower outweigh the costs?

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.

Renewing collaboration in China

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.

Members meeting in Brazil

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.


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