Entura celebrates hydropower day, today and every day

October 11, 2023

On 11 October, Entura is proud to celebrate Global Hydropower Day and shine a light on the positive impacts of sustainable hydropower around the world.

As a member of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and as part of Hydro Tasmania, Entura deeply understands and values the role of hydropower in powering communities, growing economies and fuelling the clean energy transition.

Tammy Chu, Managing Director of Entura, is Vice-President of the IHA. She is an international advocate for hydropower and continuously works to provide a voice for Tasmania and Australia in shaping and guiding the IHA’s work at this crucial time in the global clean energy transition. 

“I’ve been passionate about hydropower since I first visited Tasmania’s Gordon Dam as an undergraduate engineering student,” says Tammy. “I was awestruck by the size of the infrastructure and what it was doing, and had done, for Tasmania.”

She says, “Living in Tasmania helped me to recognise that hydropower is a marvel and can be a transformative force: that by harnessing the incredible power of water, hydropower can grow economies and improve quality-of-life for communities throughout the world, just as it did for Tasmania over the last century.

“It is deeply satisfying to reflect on the very long, productive lives that existing hydropower assets can have with the right stewardship. In Tasmania, we see this combination of long-term value and new potential every day in our state’s hydropower system.”

Entura is currently supporting Hydro Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation with a range of expertise and services. This includes preparation for a potential redevelopment of the Tarraleah hydropower scheme and technical studies for new pumped hydro at Lake Cethana in the state’s north-west.

Entura is also supporting hydropower and pumped hydro projects throughout Australia and the Indo-Pacific region, including flagship projects such as Genex Power’s 250 MW Kidston Pumped Hydro Storage Project in Queensland, which is the first pumped hydro to be constructed in Australia for 40 years.

“It is really only hydropower and pumped hydro that can offer the deep, long-duration storage to meet peak demand and stabilise the grid as the clean energy transition gathers pace,” says Tammy.

In November, Tammy will participate in the World Hydropower Congress in Bali, along with Ian Brooksbank, CEO of Hydro Tasmania.

“I’m thrilled to advance fundamental and urgent international discussion about hydropower’s role in fast-tracking the clean energy transition and powering sustainable growth around the world,” she says.

“The San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower and the Sustainability Assessment Protocol are just some of the initiatives through which the IHA is leading the conversation,” she says, “and we look forward to seeing the Bali Statement on Powering Sustainable Growth endorsed at the Congress.”

Read about Entura’s hydropower services and more hydropower projects, such as the Bulanog Batang hydropower project in the Philippines and the Nam Pha Gnai hydropower plant in Laos.

Explore our thought leadership articles here, which include many on topics of sustainable hydropower, pumped hydro and asset management.

Watch excerpts from Entura’s 2022 Global Hydropower Day webinar – from Rajeev Raina (Resident Director, India), Donald Vaughan (Technical Director – Power), and Amanda Ashworth (Director of Sales, Strategy and Commercial).