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2016 Hydropower Status Report available for download

The 2016 Hydropower Status Report is now available for download, providing comprehensive insights into new global developments in the sector, statistics on new installed capacity, detailed regional analysis, and more.

Cover of the 2016 Hydropower Status ReportYou can download the full report here.

Building on statistics published by IHA earlier this year, the report highlights that 33.7 GW of new installed hydropower capacity was commissioned in 2015, including 2.5 GW of pumped storage. At the end of 2015, the world’s total installed hydropower capacity reached 1,212 GW, including 145 GW of pumped storage.

Alongside comprehensive hydropower statistics, the report provides detailed regional analysis and insights into global developments and trends in the sector, including the expected impacts of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate action. The 2016 edition is expected to be widely cited as the most up-to-date source of statistics on hydropower development worldwide.

“The 2016 Hydropower Status Report reflects a dynamic sector that is evolving to meet the challenges of the energy transition, which has been accelerated further by the recent international commitments" said Richard Taylor, chief executive of IHA.

The full report includes in-depth reviews on key issues in hydropower development and policy, such as financial trends and climate resilience, as well as sustainability topics such as resettlement and indigenous peoples. The report also includes regional overviews and country profiles which cover developments in the sector around the world.

The 2016 Hydropower Status Report is built on data from IHA’s global hydropower database, which has been developed in close collaboration with regulators, ministries and electricity associations, as well as the world’s station owners and operators. This database contains information on over 11,000 of the world’s hydropower stations.

If you would like to request a print copy of the report, please contact the team at IHA central office.

 

Hidroelectrica to transfer a further 20 hydropower plants in public auctions

Hidroelectrica, the Romanian state-owned power generation company, is continuing with the sale of small hydropower plants. In order to achieve the company’s strategic objectives, the small hydropower plants sales process is proceeding with a new phase. 

Twenty small hydropower plants, grouped in 14 corporate stocks of assets, will be transferred through public auctions either to the private sector or to local communities in Romania. Together, the assets to be sold represent around 17 MW of installed capacity.

You can view details of the auction process and find out how to participate here.

 

IHA members re-elected to World Water Council Board of Governors

Representatives of IHA corporate members EDF and K-Water have been re-elected to the World Water Council Board of Governors, at the council’s 7th General Assembly on 12–14 November.

World Water Council logoThe newly elected representatives will serve on the Board of Governors for a term of three years. EDF’s Governor will be Mr Ursat Xavier, while K-Water’s will be Mr Choi Gweyoon.

The role of the Board of Governors is to oversee the implementation of decisions of the General Assembly and all matters related to governance, general management, program of activities, budgeting, accountancy and membership of the World Water Council.

In total 35 governors representing 5 colleges of members were elected for the 2016–18 period. You can see the full list here

International training workshop on hydropower concludes in China

The fifth International Training Workshop on Planning, Construction and Operation Management of Small and Medium Hydropower Stations was recently held in Changsha, the capital of central China’s Hunan province. The three-week workshop concluded on 31 October 2015.

Photograph of workshop participants outside HNAC Technology Co. Ltd's International Technology Exchange CenterSponsored by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), this event was organised and hosted by HNAC Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese equipment manufacturer specialising in the water and energy sectors.

26 participants from 13 countries travelled to Changsha to take part in the workshop, including company directors, managers, engineers and government officials.

The primary objective of the workshop was to train industry professionals and boost hydropower development around the world. The course included lectures and discussion, as well as site visits and practical investigations.

Another objective was to increase communication between different countries to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about hydropower technology and the development of small and medium hydropower stations. 

A new network was formed during the workshop. The South Asian Experts’ Network on Renewable Energy (SAENORE) was launched by eight of the workshop participants from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has sponsored a number of international workshops on various technical subjects since 1989. The aim is to promote scientific and technical progress through international exchange, particularly within the developing world.

 

IHA re-elected to the REN21 steering committee

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has been re-elected to the steering committee of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). Elections took place during the 16th REN21 steering committee meeting and general assembly on 7 October 2015 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Photograph of members of the new REN21 steering committee in Stellenbosch, South AfricaThese meetings were attended by Richard Taylor, IHA’s chief executive, who was among the distinguished individuals elected to the new committee. Representing REN21’s diverse membership, the steering committee is composed of individuals drawn from international organisations, national governments, NGOs, research institutions and industry associations.

The International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the World Bank Group and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are also all represented in the new steering committee.

REN21 is a global multi-stakeholder network which provides policy leadership and authoritative information to facilitate the increased penetration of renewables into energy systems across the world. The network supports international policy and decision making by providing high quality information on renewables, while fostering productive debate and dialogue. 

IHA’s re-election to the REN21 steering committee confirms hydropower’s role in the renewables family. Hydropower can enable the greater penetration of other renewable technologies. As an energy storage technology, and because of the speed at which hydropower plants can bring power online, hydropower is an essential element in renewable energy systems which include less predictable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

 

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