How Hydropower Can Be More Environmentally Friendly

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Unfortunately, even some of the safer options, like hydropower, still have adverse effects. The post How Hydropower Can Be More Environmentally Friendly appeared first on U.S. Hydropower Energy Environmental technology Renewable energy

Correcting 5 myths about hydropower

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Hydropower sits at the nexus of energy and water, enabling hydropower projects to be unique catalysts for positive change. from fully embracing a new generation of hydropower? Explained below are 5 major myths about hydropower. Myth 4: Hydropower is not reliable.


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World’s second largest hydropower plant begins operating in China

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The 16-GW Baihetan hydropower plant on the upstream branch of China’s Yangtze River has begun generating electricity for the first time, according to China’s state broadcaster CCTV. Hydropower News

Improving the efficiency of the hydropower network

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Hydropower is an extremely old source of energy, whose provenance extends back to the watermills that were relied upon by ancient civilisations. According to the International Energy Agency, the global installed hydropower capacity in 2019 was 1307 GW. Hydropower

U.S. DOE releases hydropower value study

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To reveal the current landscape and prospective role and influence of hydropower operations on the electric grid in the U.S., the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) commissioned the Hydropower Value Study (HVS): Current Status and Future Opportunities.

OPG announces 20-year, $2.5 billion overhaul of hydropower generating units

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Hydroelectricity has powered the lives of Ontarians for a century, and Ontario Power Generation is planning an extensive 20-year overhaul of its hydropower generating units to ensure clean, reliable hydropower continues to support the province’s wellbeing. Hydropower News

U.S. DOE releases Pumped Storage Hydropower Valuation Guidebook

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Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) funded development of the newly released Pumped Storage Hydropower Valuation Guidebook to advance the state-of-the-art in assessing the value of pumped storage hydropower (PSH) plants and their contributions to the power system.

Hydropower demand is damaging Indigenous lands

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states rush to set ambitious renewable energy goals, people don't stop to think where the hydropower is coming from and whom it may be hurting As many U.S.

IRENA members commit to advance the global hydropower fleet

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Members of the International Renewable Energy Agency and private sector representatives are joining forces to modernize and refurbish the existing hydropower fleet around the globe. This is one of the results of the third meeting of the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower organized by IRENA, which aims to expand collaboration and action between the agency’s global membership on the continued deployment of hydropower technologies. Hydropower News

NYPA approves three allocations of hydropower from Niagara Power Project

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Cuomo announced the New York Power Authority’s Board of Trustees has approved three low-cost hydropower allocations that will create 102 jobs across Western New York and spur $145 million in private capital investments. Hydropower NewsNew York Governor Andrew M.

Hydropower Jostles for Role in Global Green Recovery Programs


The world’s hydropower developers want a seat at the green recovery funding table alongside other key decarbonization technologies such as wind, solar, batteries and green hydrogen. Hydropower is rarely listed.” ” Hydropower is being ignored by policymakers.

IHA paper: Couple green hydrogen with hydropower to create a net-zero future

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The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released a research and policy paper that outlines how hydropower could be pivotal in supporting growth in green hydrogen. Hydrogen Hydropower News

Red Rocket’s 4-MW Kruisavallei hydropower plant now operating

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The 4-MW Kruisvallei hydropower plant reached commercial operations in late February 2021, according to project developer Red Rocket. The post Red Rocket’s 4-MW Kruisavallei hydropower plant now operating appeared first on Renewable Energy World. Baseload Hydropower News

NESPAK-led JV wins award for three small hydropower plants in Uzbekistan

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Pakistan’s NESPAK, in a joint venture with Turkey’s DOLSAR, has won a contract for the Sustainable Hydropower Project in Uzbekistan, which involves the installation of three small hydropower plants on the Aksu River. Baseload Hydropower News

Axpo to produce hydrogen at 43.4-MW Eglisau-Glattfelden hydropower plant

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Axpo plans to produce green hydrogen by building a production facility at its 43.4-MW Eglisau-Glattfelden hydropower plant on the Rhine River in Switzerland, the first of several hydrogen facilities Axpo will commission in the coming years. Hydrogen Hydropower News

Hydro Review: Commercializing a New Small Hydropower Technology

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Natel Energy has developed a new small hydropower turbine technology that offers an environmentally friendly and compact, modular hydro generation system. Sized suitably, it would allow even small utilities to effectively supplement their power generation mix with clean, reliable hydropower.

Zambia commissions first unit of 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower station

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On July 23, the government of Zambia celebrated commissioning of the first unit at the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower station. Hydropower NewsDr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, gave an address on the occasion, which was attended by many dignitaries, including representatives of project owner Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. ZESCO) and contractor Sinohydro Corporation.

Watt It Takes: Building Climate-Resilient, Restorative Hydropower


Gia Schneider and her brother Abe started Natel Energy based on a hydropower turbine their father designed. It’s designed to protect wildlife and drastically cut the ecological impact of hydropower.

Brookfield Renewable, Plug Power partner on hydropower-fueled hydrogen plant

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The post Brookfield Renewable, Plug Power partner on hydropower-fueled hydrogen plant appeared first on Renewable Energy World. Baseload Hydrogen Hydropower NewsPlug Power Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professors contribute to DOE hydropower research

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of American energy production, and hydropower dams in the U.S. The post University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professors contribute to DOE hydropower research appeared first on Renewable Energy World. Baseload Hydropower News

Civil engineering firm to construct a new hydropower station in Reading

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Civil engineering specialist Land & Water has won a contract to construct a new hydropower station at Caversham Weir in Reading on behalf of client Reading Hydro CBS. The post Civil engineering firm to construct a new hydropower station in Reading first appeared on Envirotec.

Hydropower Pushes for Greater Access to Green Finance


Hydropower, the world's largest source of renewable electricity, could begin using environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) measures to bolster project financing from the end of this year. Hydropower sector grapples with environmental challenges.

Mixed water supply conditions expected to affect hydropower outlook in Pacific Northwest

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Source: US Energy Information Administration, April 8, 2021 On April 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest River Forecast Center (NWRFC) released its latest water supply forecast for the 2021 water year, which runs through September. The forecast shows near-average water supply in the northern half of the Columbia River Basin and below-average supply in the […]. Industry News Public Policy dams energy hydro power hydroelectricity

Energy Department Announces $24.9 Million Funding Selections to Advance Hydropower Technologies

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million in funding to drive innovative, industry-led technology solutions to advance the marine and hydrokinetics industry and increase hydropower’s ability to serve as a flexible grid resource. Source: U.S. of Energy, October 31, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for up to $24.9

Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park to use hydropower for operations

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Work is under way at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska to tie into a hydropower network to provide renewable power to the headquarters complex. Hydropower News

European Hydropower Dawdles as Hydrogen and Batteries Soar


Over the past five years, Europe's base of conventional hydropower and pumped hydro capacity grew at about 1 percent a year, reaching 251 gigawatts in 2019, according to the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

Commentary: Snake River Dams’ Hydropower Is No Longer Particularly Cheap

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Source: Dan Malarkey, Sightline Institute, September 17, 2019 The first article in this series made the case for removing the dams on the Snake River because of the importance we place on wild salmon, drawing on analysis from a recent report by ECONorthwest (ECONW). A second reason to remove the dams, beyond boosting the odds of salmon survival, is […]. Commentary

Colorado Governor signs law to define some pumped hydropower as renewable

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Gaining Indigenous Peoples’ consent for sustainable hydropower


Good practice guidance seeks Indigenous communities' free, prior and informed consent for hydropower development New sustainability guidance will give increased confidence to local communities, industry and investors that hydropower projects can be successfully developed while respecting Indigenous People's lands, rights and culture.

Brazil to support construction of four new hydropower plants

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Brazil has included four hydropower plants among the projects that will receive support as part of the country's investment partnerships program, called Programa de Parcerias de Investimentos or PPI. Dam Design and Construction Environmental Latin America News Hydropower Finance

AWEA Statement on Collaboration between Hydropower Industry and Environmental Community


Hydropower to help integrate wind and solar energy resources, helping move toward the joint vision to reach a majority renewables American electric grid within a decade

Hydropower push leaves Pakistani Kashmir's capital hot and bothered


Diversion of Muzaffarabad's Neelum river for clean power has raised summer temperatures—and a second river may be diverted too

Indigenous rights undermined for hydropower in northern Indian state


Villagers in Himachal Pradesh say they have been left out of a crucial decision on the second and third stage of a hydropower project with huge environmental risks

Why some hydropower plants are worse for the climate than coal


According to a new study published in Environmental Science Technology, hundreds of active hydropower plants are making a worse impact on the climate than fossil fuels. Yup, you read that right: Hydropower, popularly seen as a green energy source — and a major clean energy source in a lot of emission-reduction plans — can release more greenhouse gases than coal- or oil-burning power plants, under certain conditions. Energy Science climate study hydropower scientific study study

Hydropower Turbine Market to hit $2 billion by 2025


On a global level, construction of hydropower dams is anticipated to reach unparalleled rates in the coming years, specially in countries with developing economies. The above-mentioned factors are likely to drive the demand for hydropower turbine in the coming years

Operations achieved at 290-MW Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower plant between Laos and Thailand

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announces that the 290-MW Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower plant has begun commercial operations. Dam Design and Construction News Hydropower New Development AsiaOceaniaKansai Electric Power Co.

Allegheny County signs 35-year PPA for energy generated at new hydropower facility

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County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced in late January that the county entered into a 35-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rye Development for renewable energy generated by a 17.8-MW hydropower facility the company will construct on the Ohio River. The hydropower facility will be located at the existing Emsworth Main Channel Dam. The hydropower project is scheduled to begin construction in late 2021 and is expected to be operational as early as mid-2023.

Safety, reliability key when maintaining 97-year old hydropower assets

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On Wednesday in Manchester, New Hampshire, a group of about 20 women from the NH chapter of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment toured the Amoskeag Hydropower Facility and Fishways, a 97-year old continuously functioning hydropower plant. Monitoring News Hydropower O&M Asset Management

Financial Trouble at an Iconic American Hydropower Giant


The Bonneville Power Administration, the government-owned “power marketing agency” that serves the Pacific Northwest, is facing a strong current of problems. As cheap renewables make hydro less competitive in the region, BPA is bleeding money. There’s now concern that its utility customers will stop buying hydro after contracts expire. Meanwhile, the cost of rehabilitating salmon populations is mounting.

Hydro Tasmania accelerating site investigations for pumped storage hydropower

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Pumped Storage Hydro News Research and Development Hydropower AsiaOceania StorageHydro Tasmania says it is accelerating detailed investigation of three key opportunities for pumped storage hydro development in the state as part of the Battery of the Nation initiative. Work has begun on a full feasibility assessment of pumped hydro development opportunities at Lake Cethana and Lake Rowallan in the northwest and near Tribute Power Station on the West Coast.

Too much water or too little: hydropower fights wild weather

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Energy Efficiency News HydropowerThe Kariba Dam has towered over one of Africa’s mightiest rivers for 60 years, forming the world’s largest reservoir and providing reliable electricity to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Upgrade Asia’s ageing hydropower fleet to secure reliable clean energy supply, experts urge


As the need for steady clean electricity generation grows, refurbishing Asia’s decades-old hydropower plants could help them regain past strength, enhancing their contribution to the region’s energy transition, shows a new study

Green hydrogen could curb one-third of fossil fuel and industry emissions by 2050


decarbonization hydrogen Hydropower Renewable EnergyThat's according to a BloombergNEF report that calls policy support for the hydrogen economy "insufficient.".