Hydro Energy & Sustainability 2019
January 29 - January 30
What Future for Hydropower in France and in Europe?
Hydropower is the biggest source of renewable electric energy. Its contributions to electric systems and grids are well acknowledged. Main advantages are: low cost, flexibility, storage, ancillary services. Its important role within the energy transition with the possibility to storage is well acknowledged. Beyond electric generation, Hydropower also plays a significant role in the social and economic developments of territories and valleys, thanks to multi-purpose reservoirs which help meet irrigation needs, support low water flow conditions, secure water supply, and ensure flood control.
The electric sector is facing a number of not-ever-seen evolutions, and Hydro operators are now facing new and tough challenges, which cover a large spectrum of issues fom social expectations and electric power market deregulations to smart-grids and reinforcement of regulatory requirements.
To address the aforementioned challenges, the Hydropower actors have developed innovations and new operation models.
It is time for the French Hydro Society (SHF) to gather all the pieces of this puzzle, and to share the relevant scientific and technical information about the role that Hydropower can have in France and Europe. In the current climatic and transitional contexts, this conference will focus on the main contributions of Hydropower in Europe, addressing also the controversies on the sensitive issues.