Hydropower finance: trends and innovation in 2016

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It has long been accepted that every hydropower project is unique, and that bespoke design solutions are required for each project. It has also been recognised more recently that the market and concession arrangements for each project require tailored financing solutions.

With the plethora of financial instruments and funding sources now available, including new products such a green bonds, there is great scope for innovation, and bespoke solutions can be developed to suit the needs of individual developers.

This webinar will explore trends and innovation in hydropower finance in 2016, including the re-engagement of the multilateral financial institutions, donor-backed finance, public-private partnerships, commercial bonds and green bonds.

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Briefing material

You can download a briefing document, Trends in Hydropower Financing, here.


Mike McWilliams

Mike McWilliams is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in hydropower. Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1978 with first class honours in civil engineering, he started work in London on hydropower and mining projects. He has worked in Botswana, Zambia and Malaysia, spending a total of 12 years resident in Africa and Asia early in his career. He returned to the UK in 1992 with the same firm, leading hydropower teams working on international projects.

Mike took up his current position as head of hydropower for Mott MacDonald in 2011. Mott MacDonald is a USD 2 billion consultancy working across all aspects of infrastructure, including power and renewable energy. His team works on hydro projects in 30 countries, providing technical, environmental, social and commercial services on projects at all stages of development.

Mike’s particular interests are in risk management, power system planning and the commercial aspects of hydropower. He is currently developing innovative concession models to finance projects that fail under current BOOT arrangements.


Alex Trembath

Alex Trembath joined IHA in 2013. He leads on our communications strategy and manages the delivery of a range of communications projects, including our recent website redevelopment and brand realignment, as well as our email and social media engagement.

Alex has a degree in journalism and English, and ten years’ experience in a variety of communications management roles across both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

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