Problem

Underutilization of hydropower

Other Names:
Underuse of hydroelectricity generation
Nature:
By the beginning of the 1980s, 75% of hydropower resources in Europe and North America had been developed, while only a small proportion had been tapped in Oceania, Asia, and especially Africa. Hydropower generation is limited in the industrialized countries by a lack of suitable dam sites and competition for land and water use.
Counter Claim:
Hydropower developments have substantial environmental impacts. Large storage schemes displace settlements; the upheaval and resettlement cause considerable social effects by modifying agricultural and transport patterns and affecting regional health. Small schemes may sometimes increase the incidence of waterborne diseases.
Values:
Underuse
Unused
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
17.06.2018 – 11:44 CEST