Business

Sixteen international and national organizations, representing the global hydropower sector, have set out guiding principles for energy infrastructure policy in the COVID-19 recovery. The organizations represent hydropower developers, operators, manufacturers, researchers and innovators including the world’s largest hydropower producers in China, US and Canada. Their statement, coordinated by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), sets out how...
Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted utilities and other organizations to review existing or create epidemic/pandemic-response plans. To assist, the North American Transmission Forum (NATF), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) jointly developed a resource to help utilities create, update or formalize their plans. The...
Business

An unprecedented drop in power demand due to COVID-19 is forcing BC Hydro to take action to avoid potential flooding risks and impacts on the environment and its infrastructure over the year, according to a press release. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy in British Columbia, and “Demand dilemma: How...
Finance

Italian group Enel’s business units in Peru have released their first quarter results, which reveal how COVID-19 measures have impacted the local companies’ financial and operational metrics. Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra declared a state of emergency and mandatory quarantine on March 16. According to BNamericas, Enel Distribución reported a 2% year-on-year dip in operating income...
Government and Policy News

The government of Ecuador wants to resume energy tenders originally delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country will gradually restart activities from May 4 with a strategy of social distancing. “The pandemic caused us to delay the processes. But the government wants to finalize them within this year,” energy and non-renewable natural resources minister...
Environmental

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has teamed up with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and more than 100 renewable energy organizations to issue a joint call for action urging policy-makers to prioritize green growth as part of their COVID-19 recovery plans. The recommendations cover a range of priority actions to ensure a rapid and...
Asia and Oceania

In this interview with Dr. Allen Wang, we discuss the latest version of IHS’s Energy & Natural Resources Insights publication and his article, ‘Assessing the Power Generation Fuel Mix of Southeast Asia for the Next Decade.’ Learn how Vietnam’s power demand could match that of Germany and why conventional power and renewables will be included in the...
Environmental

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, will be a global digital mobilization, according to Earth Day Network. This is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earth Day Network urges everyone to assess their situation individually and follow advice from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. “Amid...