HydroWIRES report released on Hydropower’s Contributions to Grid Resilience

Grid resilience

A new report has been released under the HydroWIRES Initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office, entitled Hydropower’s Contributions to Grid Resilience.

According to the HydroWIRES website: “Hydropower facilities can provide important contributions to grid resilience — or the grid’s ability to respond to and recover from high-impact, low-probability events like hurricanes or cyberattacks.” The WPTO “commissioned this report to create a framework to accurately assess hydropower’s contributions to grid resilience. The report outlines hydropower’s characteristics that enable grid resilience and identifies methods, tools, models, and data to analyze hydropower’s impact on resilience. The framework and accompanying toolkit allows system operators, regulators, and policy analysts to assess the role of hydropower under various extreme grid conditions, which will be integral for grid reliability and resilience. Insights from this report exemplify hydropower’s essential role in stabilizing the grid after sudden, large losses of energy generation and extreme weather impacts to net load. The report also highlights hydropower’s storage capabilities and flexibility as critical assets for ensuring grid reliability during extreme weather events.”

WPTO’s HydroWIRES Initiative seeks to understand, enable and improve hydropower and pumped storage hydropower’s contributions to reliability, resilience and integration in the rapidly evolving U.S. electricity system.

Click here to access the full report.

Author

  • Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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