2023 Ear to the River Hydropower Industry Report

Ear to the River 2023 Survey Results

2023 was the third year of the “Ear to the River” survey, an annual survey of the North American hydroelectric industry that was developed through a partnership between the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA), the Hydropower Foundation, and Kleinschmidt Associates in 2021. In 2023, the National Hydropower Association (NHA) joined the partnership.

The intent of the “Ear to the River” annual survey of the industry is to help owners of hydroelectric facilities and all professionals working in the hydro and greater renewable energy industries better understand the key issues and opportunities that the industry expects to face in the next few years. This information is intended to help inform those within and outside the industry about opportunities available in this thriving clean energy sector. This survey data can also assist in lobbying efforts by providing data on how various policies could impact the role hydro plays in transitioning to a clean energy future.