Focus Session

Benefits of hydropower

Quantifying the benefits of hydropower projects

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 09:30-10:45 | room: Mansart

Single and multipurpose hydropower facilities can deliver multiple power and non-power benefits. Over and above electricity generation, the power related benefits include flexible generation and flexible storage, as well as a reduction in the dependence on fossil fuels. Moreover, they can provide local macroeconomic revenues, benefits related to employment, education and recreation, and constitute new possibilities for trade, transport and tourism. Furthermore, affected communities can benefit also from flood mitigation, water supply, pollution control and irrigation.

Hydropower projects have been designed to suit particular needs and specific conditions and are classified by project type, head or purpose, where these classifications are not rigorous indicators of the impacts, values and benefits of hydropower. Setting out more realistic indicators that can quantify the above mentioned power and non-power benefits will help to meet the power needs in developing countries and emerging economies together with the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Session objectives:

What is the state of knowledge on the quantification of benefits attributed to the development and operation of a hydropower facility?

How could a tool or template be developed to quantify hydropower benefits in order to support decision making by power utilities and governments?

What are the resilience mechanisms that can be built into hydropower planning that can facilitate the realisation of benefits?

The session will cover the differences and similarities between purposes, uses and benefits, including discussions of how compensation and mitigation measures can be considered. This session seeks to broaden the range of perceived benefits to the ones that are much less apparent.



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Frédéric HOFMANN

Development Director, EDF
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Mongameli MEHLWANA

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GUO Guangwen

Chief Engineer, China Gezhouba Group Corporation
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Pascal RADUE

President & Chief Executive Officer Hydro Solutions, GE Renewable Energy
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Olivier DIDRY

Chief Executive Officer, Nam Theun 2 Power Company
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