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Bill Girling 2017

Bill GIRLING

Bill Girling 2017

Senior Hydropower Sector Analyst

Bill Girling joined IHA in 2016 as Interim Director of our hydropower development work programme, overseeing our work across a broad range of topics, including climate mitigation and adaptation, water consumption, the macroeconomic benefits of hydropower, finance and investment and clean energy systems. Bill also coordinated workshops, webinars and other key initiatives to build and share knowledge around sustainable hydropower development.

Bill moved back to Canada in June 2017, and continues to work for us as a Senior Hydropower Sector Analyst. 

Bill brings 35 years of experience from the Canadian hydropower sector, having worked for most of his career as a hydropower planning engineer at Manitoba Hydro. His experience includes leading on economic studies of the refurbishment of ageing hydropower facilities, the coordination of asset management optimisation studies, and providing technical expertise for climate change impact and adaptation studies. Bill also has extensive experience in organising and chairing numerous technical conferences and seminars, both within Manitoba Hydro and as a former president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.

Bill holds a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba. He worked briefly with a consulting engineering firm prior to joining Manitoba Hydro in 1981, where he was based until early 2016.

Associated sessions

7 May
09:00 - 12:00

Workshop 1: State-of-the-art sediment management practices (7 May, morning)

Type: Focus session

Improvements in sediment management are being implemented to reduce the loss of reservoir storage capacity resulting from sedimentation.

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7 May
13:30 - 16:30

Workshop 2: Hydropower and dam safety management (7 May, afternoon )

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: World Bank Group

Given the large number of dams around the world, the safe operation of dams has significant social, economic, and environmental relevance. Dam failures, however rare, can result in extremely adverse impacts, including a large-scale loss of human... (Read more)

8 May
09:00 - 12:00

Workshop 3: Climate resilience for hydropower projects (8 May, morning)

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: World Bank Group

Many countries are seeking a better understanding of climate change impacts – both positive and negative - and are beginning to build strategies and approaches to incorporate climate resilience into... (Read more)

8 May
13:30 - 16:30

Workshop 4: Strategies to foster sustainable operation and maintenance (8 May, afternoon)

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: World Bank Group, SECO

A lack of dedicated resources, proper training and institutional capacity can result in hydropower generating stations being poorly maintained and operated particularly in developing countries.  Poor operations and maintenance (O&M) of... (Read more)

11 May
11:00 - 12:30

Climate resilience

Type: Focus session

Many countries are seeking a better understanding of climate change impacts – both positive and negative – and are beginning to build strategies and approaches to climate resilience into their plans for the development of new hydropower... (Read more)