All pages with keywords: hydropower

As Southern Africa faces new urban drought challenges, who is heeding the wake-up call?

a commentary by Kate Elizabeth Gannon, Patrick Curran, Declan Conway 4 December, 2018

The major disruption to urban water and hydroelectricity supplies caused by the conditions accompanying the 2015/16 El Niño in Southern Africa show that governments and businesses need to be more prepared for climatic extremes, argue the authors of this commentary. read more »


African electricity generation at risk from current and future climate

Press release 30 August, 2018

Countries in southern and eastern Africa could suffer more electricity blackouts in the future because they are planning to increase the supply from hydropower dams that are vulnerable to periods … read more »


Climate risks to hydropower supply in eastern and southern Africa

Climate risks to hydropower supply in eastern and southern Africa

a policy publication by Declan Conway, Patrick Curran, Kate Elizabeth Gannon 30 August, 2018

With substantial new hydropower generation planned for eastern and southern Africa, how can risks from rainfall variations and climate change be overcome to ensure reliable supply and socioeconomic development? This brief analyses the challenges and provides recommendations to policymakers, the energy sector and development partners. read more »


Low water levels in Malawi

Hydropower in Africa: Plans for new dams could increase the risk of disruption to electricity supply

a commentary by Declan Conway 13 December, 2017

New research published in Nature Energy this month finds that plans for new dams could put electricity generation and supply at risk and highlights the importance of considering rainfall patterns when planning the location of new hydropower dams in Africa read more »


Hydropower plans in eastern and southern Africa increase risk of concurrent climate-related electricity supply disruption

Hydropower plans in eastern and southern Africa increase risk of concurrent climate-related electricity supply disruption

a research article by Declan Conway, Carole Dalin 8 December, 2017

This paper explores how hydropower dams planned for eastern and southern Africa could put electricity supply at risk for vast regions because they rely on the same rainfall patterns for electricity generation. read more »