Argument: Hydropower is more proven/reliable than other renewables

Issue Report: Hydroelectric dams


Alan Ervine, professor of water engineering at Glasgow University, said in April 2008, “Just now, it’s far more sexy to be talking about wave power, tidal current power and on- and off-shore wind, whereas the hydro potential in Scotland is not fully developed.”[1]

Dr. David Victor, professor of law and director of the Energy and Sustainable Development Program at Stanford University, said at the 2008 HydroVision conference: “This conference comes at a time when governments around the world are struggling to tackle the emissions that cause global warming. Hydropower, if applied well, is a ready technology for the cause.”[2]