The role of hydropower in South Asia’s energy future

Vaidyaa, R. A., Moldena, D. J., Shrestha, A. B., Waglea, N. and Tortajada, C. (2021) The role of hydropower in South Asia’s energy future. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 37(3), pp. 367-391. (doi: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1875809)

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Abstract

With rising energy demand in Asia, the high potential for hydropower development and the need for low-carbon energy development, hydropower would seem to have a significant role in South Asia’s energy future. However, the extent of hydropower development will depend on several risk factors, including the cost of alternative energy sources, the environmental sustainability of hydropower and social issues of equitable development. Using a risk-analysis framework, it is concluded that the future of hydropower will depend on how well policies and institutions manage the risks, facilitate efficient financial markets, and promote fair and friendly cross-border electricity trade.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) gratefully acknowledges the support of its core donors: the governments of Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden and Switzerland for the preparation of this paper. This study was carried by the River Basins and Cryosphere Programme of ICIMOD with the financial support of the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of Norway.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tortajada, Professor Cecilia
Authors: Vaidyaa, R. A., Moldena, D. J., Shrestha, A. B., Waglea, N., and Tortajada, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Water Resources Development
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0790-0627
ISSN (Online):1360-0648
Published Online:12 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Water Resources Development 37(3):367-391
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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