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Studies were conducted on wind performance within a mainly hydroelectric system. Because windpower provides only intermittent electricity, the studies aimed at answering the two following questions: First, does windpower development require the installation of additional backup capacity, thereby...
Hydropower is based on a simple process, taking advantage of the kinetic energy freed by falling water. In practice, this process is applied in many different ways depending on the electrical services sought and the specific site conditions. Accordingly, there is a wide variety of hydroelectric...
Hydroelectric development projects, which frequently encounter ethical dilemmas, cannot be subject only to legal rules. Ethics are also at stake, especially in controversial situations. The purpose of this paper, which is based on an IEA report, is to find ethical principles that may help in the...
Since the 1970s, countries have protected the environment by means of various legal instruments, including environmental approvals and licensing. An environmental task force created under the Hydropower Agreement was appointed by the IEA to compare and determine the efficiency and effectiveness...
The paper describes the historic development of hydropower, showing a gradual transition from a techno-economic to a more holistic approach with participatory decision making. Concentrating on the past two decades, the trends in hydropower development are discussed and the complexity of the...
Hydroelectricity represents a large-scale alternative to fossil fuel generation, contributing only very small amounts to greenhouse gas emissions and other atmospheric pollutants. However, developing the remaining hydroelectric potential offers many challenges. Public pressure and expectations...
This special issue of Energy Policy is dedicated entirely to hydropower and this introductory article provides an overview of the contents. It is divided into three main subject areas: the present situation and history, the main policy issues, and the future of the hydropower industry. The first...
This paper provides an overview of the power sector in China during the past 40 yr, with a special emphasis on hydropower. The article includes a description of the power sector in China and the main problems it is now facing. The alternatives for China's peaking requirements are also described,...
Technically feasible hydropower potential estimated at nearly 15 000 TW h/yr still exists in the world today, mostly in countries where increased power supplies from clean and renewable sources are most urgently needed to progress social and economic development. While it is not realistic to...
Hydropower industry practitioners design and implement a large number of environmental and social mitigation measures within the context of hydroelectric projects. However, the effectiveness of such measures is relatively unknown. Indeed, very little has been published on the results of such...
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