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TitleAssessment of the environmental impacts associated with hydropower
Author(s)Botelho, Anabela
Ferreira, Paula Varandas
Lima, Fátima
Pinto, Lígia
Sousa, Sara
KeywordsHydroelectric power
Environmental valuation
Environmental impacts
Issue date2017
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Abstract(s)The production of electricity from hydropower results in several environmental impacts that, in only some instances, have been analysed from an economic valuation approach. Moreover, as environmental impacts largely depend on the specific characteristics of the case study, benefit transfer techniques are inadequate for valuation. The present paper demonstrates through the review of valuation studies on the environmental impacts of this technology, and the analysis of the different environmental impacts associated with hydropower for specific case studies that in fact benefit transfer should not be applied as each hydropower plant has specific and different impacts. The paper demonstrates the importance of a case study approach, for defining priorities with respect to alternative hydropower production facilities. Finally, the paper demonstrates that choice experiments are particularly suited for valuing the identified environmental impacts, being relevant for policy planning purposes.
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