Hydropower climbs EU energy agenda

Hydropower could become an increasingly important provider of flexibility and storage in a European power system increasingly dominated by renewables

Hydropower could become an increasingly important provider of flexibility and storage in a European power system increasingly dominated by renewables, EU officials and industry figures said in Brussels on Monday.

The need to balance the power grid is a major opportunity for hydropower, said Hélène Chraye, head of unit for the clean energy transition at the European Commission’s research directorate. She was speaking at the launch of a new hydropower research programme by the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).

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