EURELECTRIC and VGB PowerTech are strengthening their cooperation in the field of hydropower generation at the European level.
EURELECTRIC will focus on political advocacy and VGB will provide technical analysis and research. “The comprehensive expertise of the two associations will provide the basis to ensure proper representation of hydropower at the European level,” a press release says. The two will work together to “support the successful role of small-scale to large-scale hydropower plants as an essential and central element of the energy supply system of the future.”
The two associations say hydropower is the frontrunner in renewable energy production in Europe but is not always considered as a strategic technology in the energy transition.
The EU-28 countries have annual electricity production from hydro of more than 375 TWh, from installed capacity of about 150 GW. This equates to about 13% of the total production and capacity.
“Hydropower is clean, cheap and reliable. And its ability to act as energy storage makes it a perfect partner for variable renewables such as wind and solar. It is important that Europe taps the full potential of hydropower for the energy transition,” said EURELECTRIC Secretary General Kristian Ruby.
EURELECTRIC represents the common interests of the electricity industry at pan-European level. VGB is the international technical association for generation and storage of power and heat. Its 478 members from 34 countries represent a power generation capacity of 466,000 MW, including 100,000 MW in the renewables segment.