Hydropower—technology
Produced in partnership with Catherine MacKenzie and Nathan Swankie of Ramboll Environ
Hydropower—technology

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Catherine MacKenzie and Nathan Swankie of Ramboll Environ provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Hydropower—technology
  • Brexit impact
  • What is hydropower?
  • Types of hydropower
  • Storage (or conventional) hydropower
  • Pumped storage hydropower
  • Run-of-river hydropower
  • How hydropower works
  • Infrastructure requirements
  • Location constraints
  • More...

Hydropower—technology

Brexit impact

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content are referenced below.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect Great Britain’s (GB) renewable energy sector, see Practice Note: Energy and Brexit—renewable energy, which tracks the key publications and announcements made to date in relation to Brexit and the Great Britain (GB) renewable energy sector. It also provides brief explanation of the key areas where Brexit will have an identified and direct legal impact on the renewables sector.

What is hydropower?

Hydropower is electricity generated using the energy of moving water. All hydropower schemes make use of water flowing due to a change in elevation (termed a ‘head’). The use of other forms of moving water to generate electricity (tidal and wave) are not considered by this note.

Types of hydropower

There are three

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