Hydropower News:

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

The International Hydropower Association's World Hydropower Congress, will be held in Beijing, 19-21 May 2015. Information and registration...

HydroVision International 2015 will be held July 14-17, 2015 in Portland, OR, USA. For information and to register…

The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams' HYDRO 2015: Advancing Policy and Practice, will be held in Bordeaux, France, 26-28 October, 2015. See the brochure..

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

UNIDO, ICSHP release "world-first" compilation of small hydropower data. Report is available online.....

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

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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