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[24 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

Cartoon about the Snowy-2 PSH Project in Australia

(Full Contents of Hydropower Policy BRIef here)

As
for the pumped storage hydro (PSH),
much hyped as a remedy for grid stability and flexibility, which also usually
has less destructive footprint, only 1633 MW were put in operation in 2020, despite
all hopes trumpeted by hydropower industry and personally by former Australia
PM Malcolm Turnbull. In practice this means that most countries balance uneven
output of ‘variable renewables” by other means ranging from building batteries
to smart use of large grids (See Hydropower
Market Report with such …

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[23 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

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2020 HYDROPOWER EXPANSION IN SELECTED COUNTRIES

Eurasia

           CHINA

Almost
two thirds of globally installed hydropower (12.5GW) was added in China, where
hydropower capacity reached 370 GW, wind power – 280 GW and photovoltaic – 250 GW.
In 2020 most of increase accounts for completion of a giant 10 GW Wudongde
Dam and greater addition is expected in 2021-23 due to completion of the 16 GW
Baihetan dam on upper Yangtze River (Jinshajiang). As a result of 50 years of
dam building and poorly coordinated development the ecosystem …

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[22 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

International Hydropower
Association Reveals “Good Practice” Guide for (Damming) Protected Areas

It looks like the hydropower
industry is getting on nerves of the big international NGOs (BINGOs) who have “cooperated”
with the IHA for a decade in common search for “sustainable hydropower”.
And there was a good reason for that at a webinar held on September 21 by the
industry association to present its historic commitments.

The new “historic commitment”
taken on by the industry promises to spare from dam-building only World
Heritage but continue to dam protected areas and remaining free-flowing rivers
(in a sustainable manner). Commitment born after …

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[22 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

Yebatan Hydro under construction

(Full Contents of Hydropower Policy BRIef here)

Unfortunately, modest development of greenfield hydropower in 2020 again came at the cost of destruction of irreplaceable natural areas and suffering of local communities in countries where those dams have been built. It also often exacerbated transboundary tensions, fuelled corruption and economic crisis. Using the River without Boundaries database we examined for which countries championing in 2020 we can present recent evidence of persistent generic problems in hydropower development policies and practices.

Table 3. Hydropower related problems in 2020 hydropower …

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[21 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

Over 290 organizations from 69 countries call on governments to not use climate funding for so-called “sustainable” hydropower schemes

September 21, 2021

Glasgow,
Scotland—Over 290 organizations from 69 countries
today launched a Rivers for Climate Global Declaration
calling on governments and leaders attending COP26 to protect river ecosystems
and stop using scarce climate funds to finance false climate solutions such as
hydropower. Representing the views of civil society, peoples movements,
Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, scientists, and conservationists, the
declaration called out the proliferation schemes being peddled under an
erroneous pretense of sustainability. 

“Hydropower is not clean energy. We’re at an
unprecedented moment …

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[21 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

(Full Contents of Hydropower Policy BRIef here)

Our analysis for 2020 is based on two annual reports: “Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021”[1] by IRENA and “Status of Hydropower Report” by the International Hydropower Association (IHA). We reviewed data on the countries adding more than 100 MW, according to at least one of two reports (Table 1). For either IRENA or IHA version our review covers 90% of capacity installed in 2020.

Table 1. Countries installed more than 100 MW hydropower in 2020 (“Hydropower
Champions”)

Notes: “A” marks
difference between IRENA and IHA data. …