Hydropower News:

Click on the following links for the latest in IEA Hydro's activities, hydropower news & hydro happenings, world-wide.

AFRICA 2015 – Water Storage and Hydropower Development for Africa, will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco from 10-12March 2015. Call for Papers deadline extended to 15 August 2014. For more information or to submit a paper….

Hydrovison International will be held in Nashville, TN, USA, 22-25 July, 2014. For more information and to register...

International Journal on Hydropower & Dams will host HYDRO 2014 "Building on Recent Development Progress"13-15 October 2014, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy. See the brochure...

The Alternate Hydro Energy Centre (AHEC), Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India has issued a comprehensive set of Standards/Manuals/ Guidelines for small hydro development. Download here…

UNIDO, ICSHP release "world-first" compilation of small hydropower data.  The World Hydro Development Report 2013 is available online.....

The Roorkee Institute is also offering a Masters of Technology programme in Alternate Hydro Energy SystemsFor criteria of entry & prospectus ...

International Water Power & Dam Construction now has a free, fully searchable database of articles and news stories1998 - present.

IEAHydro's Annex II has launched its Small Hydro International Gateway, with multiple resources for the small hydro community...

Building on Recent
Development Progress
13 to 15 October 2014
Villa Erba, Cernobbio (on the shores of Lake Como), Italy




What does hydropower cost?

The actual cost of producing power will vary from power plant to power plant with one of the main variables being the size of the plant.

For example, since it could take as many people to operate and maintain a small one unit generator as it would to operate and maintain two larger generators, the cost of operation and maintenance per kilowatt produced would be higher for the smaller plant.

In general, the larger the hydroelectric plant, the cheaper the cost per kilowatt to produce the electricity.

When compared to other means of producing electricity, hydroelectric production costs run about one third those of either fossil-fueled (coal or oil) or nuclear power plants, and is less than one fourth the cost of gas turbine electricity production.

The main contributing factor for the difference in this cost of production is the fuel costs for the other means of producing electricity.

The original plant cost for a hydroelectric plant is somewhat cheaper than either fossil fuel or nuclear plants.

Gas turbine plants are the cheapest to build but the most expensive to operate.

A detailed report on electricity cost production, Projected Costs of Generating Electricity - 2005 Update (IEA, 2005) is available from the IEA Bookshop.


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