Profound changes for hydropower

The power of water has been used to generate electricity for decades. But in the current market environment, hydropower has come under heavy pressure. Repower is convinced that the energy transition cannot succeed without the invaluable contribution of this traditional generation technology. It will continue to play a key role in energy supply in the future. But to do this it needs a supportive market environment. For this reason the images in this annual report pay homage to the resource of water, the way it is used to produce energy, and the unfailing natural spectacle of water in its solid and liquid state.

Record hydro production

With 747 GWh of power from 17 hydro plants in Graubünden, Repower's record in Switzerland in 2014 was impressive. But the picture is much less rosy when you consider the low energy prices that have undermined the profitability of hydropower.

Innovation through tradition

Change in the energy industry has to be driven by innovation. But this does not mean traditional hydropower is obsolete. On the contrary: it is the reliable motor that helps make innovation possible in the first place.

Creating a supportive marketplace

All eyes are on energy policy, both in Switzerland and internationally. But if over-regulation is not to put hydropower in the shade, the political debate on the future of energy cannot afford to ignore market mechanisms.

Hard-headedness... an advantage in business. But you also need intelligence and imagination to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions that ensure a successful balance of economic, environmental and social interests.

Spectacular nature

The rising sun is reflected in the frozen surface of Lago Bianco on the Bernina Pass. The ice starts to melt in the warmth of spring, continuing the eternal cycle that makes it possible to harness water to generate electricity.

Electricity from water

Light and mobility are only two of the numerous achievements of the modern world that hydropower has helped make possible.