Hydropower is a major contributor to generating renewable power in the European Union: more than 50% of the electricity generated from renewable energy sources comes from hydropower plants. However, hydropower development in EU Member States is often thwarted by the provisions of the Water Framework Directive. The ongoing evaluation process of this EU legislation offers a chance for the European hydropower sector to promote its interests and key demands.
At the ‘1st summit and business matching Invest in Balkan Region’ at November 30th, there will be presentations about the situation in each of the Western Balkan countries, as well as details of both planned and realized projects, together with financing and the legal and fiscal aspects of hydropower. The event will show potential investors the market opportunities, and will enable them to learn from already realized projects as well as make new contacts to advance hydropower in the Balkan region. Having the Western Balkans as a partner region, this year´s RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO will focus on networking between Western and Eastern Europe.
With a production of more than 342 TWh – around 35.5 % of the electricity generated from renewable energy sources – hydropower makes a significant contribution to achieving the EU target of 34 % of electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2020, referring to the actual figures of VGB PowerTech e.V.. So, hydropower is not only a reliable, climate-friendly and very efficient renewable energy source, but also the frontrunner in Europe in the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources, playing a promising and multifunctional role as an enabler of the energy transition.
Hydropower plays an important role in many respects for our energy supply as well as for our economic and social sustainability. It provides base load power; it’s reliable and has been tested for decades as a CO2-free energy supply. On the 29th and 30th of November, the RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO will take place for the 9th time in Salzburg, which will focus on the general conditions and current trends in hydropower, as well as economic efficiency and ecological aspects. This is Europe’s meeting point for hydropower and will again offer a unique platform for presentations, knowledge exchange, and sharing as well the opportunity to create new contacts.
The 8th European Conference for Hydropower RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO, which took place November 24th & 25th 2016 at Messezentrum Salzburg was the highlight of the year for the hydropower sector. Italy was the partner country and put on an impressive show as the 4th largest hydropower nation in Europe. Around 110 motivated exhibitors met around 2000 interested visitors; 300 conference attendees took home the latest findings from technology and law, business and science. The free entry to the conference for the public was an absolute hit. The consultation on hydropower from the Salzburg government and the trip to the ecological hydropower facility in Salzburg-Lehen have become a real traditions.