The International Hydropower Association (IHA) announces that the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will take place in Addis Ababa at the African Union Commission on 9–11 May 2017.
Hydropower currently provides 70% of the world’s renewable electricity, supplying more than a billion people across 152 countries. It mitigates climate change by offsetting greenhouse-gas emissions and the use of fossil fuel, equivalent to six billion barrels of oil per year.
With the right policies and design, hydropower’s operational flexibility and energy-storage capability can also support the rapid progress of other renewables. By managing freshwater, hydropower can provide adaptation services by reducing the downstream impacts of flood and drought.
A key message from the multi-stakeholder community is the call for an even stronger emphasis on environmental and social aspects in the planning stages. If this is done with the right level of expertise, strategically planned hydropower can deliver major benefits, both locally and regionally. The challenge is to integrate past experience and new thinking, and then align policies and finance to incentivise the best types of project in the best locations.
With the above in mind, the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will bring together leaders and specialists to set the course for hydropower’s contribution to future energy and water systems. How to do ‘better hydro’ in a changing world will be a central theme.
Building on the outcomes of the 2015 event in Beijing, the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will explore a diversity of perspectives and will examine how initiatives of governments, businesses, finance, civil society and academia can advance sustainable development.
“We are proud to be convening the World Hydropower Congress for the first time in Africa”, says Richard Taylor, CEO of IHA. “Hydropower’s role is a dynamic that calls for an integrated approach, with a strongly connected sector, and a high level of collaboration.
"With the right commitments, better hydro will play an even greater role in delivering modern energy and water services in a climate-constrained world.”
Participants bringing experience from all regions of the world will gather in Addis Ababa on 9–11 May 2017. Organisations wishing to support the 2017 World Hydropower Congress are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can find information and resources from the 2015 World Hydropower Congress, held in Beijing, China in May 2015, here. A new website for the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will be launched in the coming weeks.
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.
You 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, 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.
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.
The 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
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.
Sponsored 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.