Task 2.2: Socio-economic drivers of future hydropower production

Research partners: Swiss National Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Research Center for Sustainable Energy and Water Supply (FoNEW) at the University of Basel, Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) at the University of Geneva, University of Applied Sciences (HTW Chur), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Research objectives
Within the Energy Strategy 2050 hydropower is envisioned to increase production (which includes the need for retrofitting older hydropower plants), is supposed to provide the needed flexibility to accommodate large shares of renewable energy generation, and plays an important role in regional economies and developments (especially in mountain cantons). Understanding the impact of current and future market and policy conditions will be crucial for the development of the Swiss hydro system.

The socio-economic boundary conditions and their impact on the Swiss hydro system will be analyzed in cooperation with associated research partners from the SCCER CREST and the SCCER-FURIES developing evaluations of the Swiss transmission system. They will provide assessments of the future development of liberalized electricity markets with a high share of intermittent generation based on bottom-up market models.

Current project

This project will provide a detailed analysis of the socio-economic challenges Swiss hydropower faces and will face. The project is embedded in the SCCER-SoE framework and linked to the technical NRP 70 project “Hydropower and geo-energy”.

Source of funding: Swiss Competence Center on Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Research partners: University of Basel, University of Geneva, University of Applied Sciences (HTW Chur), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Duration: November 2014 to April 2018

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