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Issue 07/2017

Powering the planet

Electricity is the modern lifeline

Electric power is so much more than switching on a light bulb, and the havoc wreaked by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September was a stark reminder of this. 

Issue 07/2017

Expanded pumped storage power station goes into service

IEC experts, e-tech, visit new Veytaux pumped storage plant

Electricity is consumed predominantly as it is produced. Electricity generation relies increasingly on new renewable energy (RE) sources, mainly sun and wind. These are intermittent and not always available when needed, so electrical energy storage (EES) becomes essential in integrating them successfully into the energy mix. Pumped storage is by far the largest-capacity form of EES available, representing around 95% of the total available globally, according to the US Department of Energy Global Energy Storage Database

Issue 05/2017

Bright prospects for hydropower – and some challenges

Sharing thoughts about today’s largest source of renewable energy

IEC TC 4 Secretary Robert Arseneault, winner of the 2016 IEC Thomas A. Edison Award, was at IEC Central Office (CO) recently to receive his award. Arseneault also shared a few thoughts with e-tech on some aspects of the future of hydropower in general. e-tech will report in more depth on certain lesser-known features of hydropower in the very near future.