Hydropower is not affected by energy crises and pandemics
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According to Pavel Bezrukikh, Professor of the Institute of Hydropower and Renewable Energy, MPEI, power generation based on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) has become the most effective factor in overcoming the negative consequences caused by lockdowns amid coronavirus infection. The opinion was expressed during the round table arranged by Global Energy Association and the Energy Policy magazine.

According to the expert’s research, RES power generation increased by 12,8% – from 2,789.2 TWh to 3,147 TWh – in 2020. At the same time, capacity of solar power plants increased by 22.4% –  from 621 GW to 760 GW, and wind power plants – by 14.3%, from 650 GW to 743 GW.

Meanwhile, global production of energy by hydro power plants depended neither on the world economy crisis phenomena nor on the pandemic consequences.

For example, global hydropower generation increased by 1.6% in 2020. However, we could observe opposite trends in different countries: in some of them, the HPP share in the energy balance was growing, while in others, on the contrary, it was decreasing. “This is connected with dependence of the HPP generation capacity on the water content per year and participation of HPPs in power grid frequency regulation. The pandemic crisis phenomena in economy do not actually affect power generation,” P. Bezrukikh noted.

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