La Houille Blanche
Number 2, Avril 1998
|Page(s)||59 - 64|
|Published online||01 August 2009|
La contribution potentielle des énergies renouvelables au développement durable : le cas de l'hydroélectricité
Renewable energy technologies potential contribution to sustainable development: the example of hydro power
Expert Energies renouvelables, ADEME
Renewable energy technologies offer many advantages for energy supply and sustainable development. Meanwhile, their large scale deployment is often difficult ta achieve due ta the harsh competition with fossil fuels, both for comfort and ease of use for decision makers and users and for direct cost competitiveness, which often do not take into account the social and environmental costs. So, the example of Hydro Power which is still the main non fossil source for electricity in the world and which continues ta develop strong markets is presented here as a success story which could be repeated in the short and medium term by other renewable energy technologies. Moreover, as only a small part of the world hydro technical potential has been tapped, the hydropower contribution to sustainable development will be secured in the future, as well as for large scale projects including new technologies and behaviour to lower potential impacts on local environment and for small hydropower projects well designed for rural electrification in developing countries.
© Société Hydrotechnique de France, 1998
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