New guidelines to bolster hydropower growth in Africa

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By Joao Costa, senior sustainability specialist at the International Hydropower Association (IHA)

How can Africa use sustainability guidelines to maximise its vast hydropower resources? 

Besides producing much-needed clean, affordable and reliable electricity, hydropower also offers vital water supply and irrigation services, including protection against floods and drought.

In addition, it is highly effective at rapidly responding to changes in power demand, thus improving grid stability and supporting intermittent renewable energies like solar and wind.

This article first appeared in ESI-Africa Edition 1, 2019

Despite its vast resources, only around 30% of Africa’s population currently has access to electricity. As a result, it is perhaps unsurprising that hydropower continues to be the energy of choice for the continent’s emerging economies where there is significant untapped potential coupled with positive economic growth prospects. According to a recent survey of IHA members, a third of respondents (35%) said they expect Africa to be the fastest growing world region for hydropower development over the next decade.

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Source: ESI Africa

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