Events

UN Climate Change Conference: COP26
date
1/11/2021
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12/11/2021
type
International conference
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EUROPE
Climate change

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1–12 November 2021.

The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will represent its members at this historic event as an observer organisation.

Visit: www.ukcop26.org

2021 World Hydropower Congress
date
23/9/2021
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24/9/2021
type
IHA event
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North and Central America
Sustainability

The World Hydropower Congress brings together leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from industry, government, finance, civil society and academia.

Knowledge sharing, capacity building and stakeholder dialogue are at the heart of this high-level biennial event which is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and supported by more than 40 partner organisations.

Costa Rica 2021

The next World Hydropower Congress will be held in San José, Costa Rica, 23-24 September 2021, under the theme ‘Renewables working together in an interconnected world’.

The event will be hosted under the patronage of the President of Costa Rica, supported by Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). Read more.

Visit the website.

Learn to evaluate GHG emissions from your reservoirs
date
7/12/2020
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11/12/2020
type
Training Course
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Learn how to use the internationally recognised GHG Reservoir (G-res) Tool at our training course commencing from Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December.

The course will equip you with the technical know how to independently use the G-res Tool to carry out your own GHG emissions assessments on reservoirs through a series of online lessons.

Applications are encouraged from professionals with all levels of knowledge and experience and upon the completion of the course you will be rewarded with an official certificate from IHA accrediting you as a certified user of the G-res Tool.

Register for the course, by clicking on the Get Started Now button: https://training.hydrosustainability.org/courses/g-res-tool-training-december-2020

Webinar: Opportunities , challenges and the way forward for pumped hydro in Australia
date
3/12/2020
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3/12/2020
type
Sector event
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pumped storage hydro,

Join IHA, the Clean Energy Council, Hydro Tasmania and GE Renewable Energy as they discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the Hydro Industry in Australia.

The webinar hosted by GE Renewable Energy will focus on:

- The role pumped hydro is playing in the energy transition around the world.
- The benefits pumped hydro can bring for Australia.
- What drives capex for pumped hydro projects in Australia (and what to do about it).
- The market and regulatory changes that could help accelerate pumped hydro for Australia.
- The renewable transition in Australia and the need this creates for investment in large-scale energy storage.

The webinar will take place on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 10AM AEDT.

Webinar: New XFLEX HYDRO report on flexibility, technologies and scenarios for hydropower
date
30/11/2020
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30/11/2020
type
Webinar
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This webinar will present a new XFLEX HYDRO report titled ‘Flexibility, technologies and scenarios for hydropower’, by the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC).

Contributing authors are: The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Power Vision Engineering (PVE), SuperGrid Institute, the International Hydropower Association (IHA), EDP Centre for New Energy Technologies (EDP CNET) and The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

XFLEX HYDRO is an ambitious €18m energy innovation project demonstrating how more flexible hydro assets can help countries and regions to meet their renewable energy targets. The project is testing flexibility technologies across seven sites in Portugal, France and Switzerland, including pumped storage, reservoir storage and run-of-river plants. These technologies cover smart digital controls, enhanced fixed- and variable -speed units, hydraulic short circuiting, and hybridisation with an electro-chemical battery. The four-year, EU-funded project involves 19 organisations, and will conclude in 2023 by delivering recommendations to increase deployment of these technologies across the European hydro fleet. The project results will have implications for the global power sector.


IHA's 25th anniversary
date
16/11/2020
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16/11/2020
type
Anniversary
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The International Hydropower Association was formed on 16 November 1995 under the auspices of UNESCO.

In the two decades since, the hydropower sector has seen tremendous growth – doubling in size from 625 GW to over 1,300 GW today.

Learn more about our story.

International Forum for Pumped Storage Hydropower
date
3/11/2020
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3/11/2020
type
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Pumped Storage

On 3 November 2020, IHA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy launched the International Forum for Pumped Storage Hydropower.

The Forum, comprised of 11 national governments, 5 financial institutions and over 70 organisations brought together over 200 participants from around the world.

The meeting focused on introducing key industry stakeholders to the Forum, outlining the problems Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH) faces and introducting the three working groups created, led by GE Renewables, EDF Hydro and Voith Hydro.

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Introductory Speech – Daniel R Simmons (DOE) & Keynote Speech – Malcolm Turnbull

The Forum was divided into two sessions prefaced by an introductory speech from Mr. Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy and a keynote speech from former Australian Prime Minister and proponent of pumped storage hydropower, Malcolm Turnbull.

Watch the Forum's introduction by Daniel R Simmons:

Watch Malcolm Turnbull deliver the Forum's keynote speech:

Speakers for Session 1 – Challenges & Opportunities of PSH

  • Benoit Revaz, State Secretary and Director, Swiss Federal Office of Energy
  • Demetrios Papathanasiou, Global Director, Energy and Extractives, World Bank
  • Srikant Nagulapalli, Chairman, New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd.

With interventions from:

  • Alex Beckitt, Head of Strategic Policy, Hydro Tasmania
  • Renato Haddad, Deputy Head of Department for Power Generation Studies, Energy Research Office, Brazil
  • Amy Newsock, Deputy Director, Power for Nature, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jeff Opperman, Global Freshwater Lead Scientist, WWF
  • Emmy Matuvo, Managing Director, Hydropower Association of Uganda
  • Ashvini Kumar, Senior Director, The Energy and Resources Institute
  • Matthew Stocks, Research Fellow, Australian National University

Watch the Forum's first session:

Speakers for Session 2 – How the Forum can shape the future of PSH

  • Eddie Rich, CEO, International Hydropower Association
  • JC Sandberg, MD and Executive Counsel, Global Government Affairs and Policy, GE Renewable Energy (Policy & Market Frameworks working group)
  • Antoine Malafosse, International Project Manager, EDF Hydro, (Sustainability Working Group)
  • Klaus Krüger, Senior Expert Plant Safety & Energy Storage Solutions, Voith Hydro (Capabilities, Costs & Innovations working group)

With interventions from:

  • Oivind Johansen, Assistant Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, Innovation and Technology Center, IRENA
  • Richard Taylor, Strategic Adviser, XFLEX HYDRO
  • Arun Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Mark Wilson, CEO, ILI Group

Watch the Forum's second session:

National Hydropower Day (USA) 2020
date
24/8/2020
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24/8/2020
type
Sector event
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USA

   

National Hydropower Day, on 24 August 2020, celebrates hydropower's undeniable contributions to America's clean energy infrastructure, electrical grid resiliency and reliability benefits, and environmental protections.

Learn more: www.hydro.org/hydroday

Webinar: L’hydroélectricité Durable en Afrique
date
2/7/2020
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2/7/2020
type
Sector event
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Online

L’Afrique connaît une période de croissance démographique soutenue, avec une population estimée à 2 milliards d’ici 2050. Malgré un potentiel énorme en énergies renouvelables, le continent présente des déficits énergétiques importants. D’ici 2030, 655 millions d’africains seront sans électricité

L’accès à l’électricité est une condition essentielle au développement économique, social et politique. L’Afrique bénéficie du plus haut potentiel hydroélectrique technique inexploité au monde. Actuellement, seule une infime partie de ce potentiel est exploitée : 11 % des capacités hydrauliques. En Afrique centrale, des études ont estimé le potentiel hydroélectrique à 150 000 mégawatts (MW), représentant 58 % du potentiel africain. En Afrique occidentale, le potentiel hydroélectrique avoisinerait 25 000 MW. (pétrole et gaz) et de la biomasse dans son usage traditionnel. Face à ce constat, l’Union Africaine (UA), la Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD), la Commission Economique pour l’Afrique des Nations Unies (UNECA) et le Nouveau Partenariat pour le Développement de l’Afrique (NEPAD) considèrent à travers le Programme pour le Développement des Infrastructures en Afrique (PIDA), l’hydroélectricité comme une priorité essentielle.

En Afrique francophone, les principaux aménagements hydroélectriques en cours d’études, de construction ou d’exploitation comprennent le projet Grand Inga de 40 000 MW en République Démocratique du Congo, les projets Tsengui – Lélédi et Boué de 1160 MW et 1560 MW en République Gabonaise, le projet Chollet de 600 MW entre la République du Cameroun et la République du Congo, le projet Souapiti de 500 MW en République de Guinée, le projet Nachtigal de 420 MW en République du Cameroun, le projet Soubré de 275 MW en République de Côte d’Ivoire. Chaque aménagement hydroélectrique est spécifique, dans sa conception, sa durée de construction, son financement et dans ses impacts environnementaux. Ce webinaire abordera en détail les stratégies de développement et de financement de projets hydroélectriques durables en Afrique.

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Développement de projet hydroélectrique en Afrique

Modérateur : Boris Martor, Associé, Bird & Bird

Intervenants :

Cristina Diez-Santos, Analyste senior de International Hydropower Association

Alfonso Matéo-Villa, Responsable Marketing chez VOITH Hydro

Marcellin Massila, Administrateur - Directeur Général de Gabon Power Company

Email : cds@hydropower.org

Renewables Working Together: Building Back Better through a Green Recovery
date
30/6/2020
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30/6/2020
type
IHA event
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Online webinar

 

   

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created the biggest global crisis in generations, aside from the climate crisis. While some of the lockdown measures are being eased, governments are devising stimulus and recovery packages to shape societies and economies for years to come.

Over the last months, we have seen how the proportion of energy supply met by renewables has reached historic highs in China, Europe, India, the UK, and the USA. This continues a trend seen since 2011. But the pace of change is not enough to meet the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement.

A global green recovery is needed. Increasing the investment priorities in renewables will fuel economic growth, create employment opportunities, enhance human welfare, and contribute to a climate-safe future. Bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind offer ready solutions to combat climate change; sustainable, decarbonised economies; and resilient inclusive societies.

The webinar will focus on the trends and opportunities for how bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind technologies can work together to create a ‘green COVID-19 recovery’. Speakers representing each of these technologies will present how renewables working together can build on Covid-19 recovery strategies to scale up climate action and accelerate access to clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy for all.

   

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Speakers include:

• Eddie Rich, Chair of Ren Alliance

• Rana Adib, Executive Secretary at REN21

• Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center

• Paolo Frankl, Head of the Renewable Energy Division at IEA

• Bharadwaj Kummamuru, Executive Director at the World Bioenergy Association (WBA)

• Marit Brommer, Executive Director at the International Geothermal Association (IGA)

• Cristina Diez Santos, Senior Analyst at the International Hydropower Association (IHA)

• Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General at World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)

• Jennifer McIntosh, Executive Secretary at the International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

Registration

Register here: bit.ly/3erRdSq

Social hashtag: #BuildBackBetter

Webinar: Modernising the hydropower fleet in Latin America and the Caribbean
date
19/6/2020
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19/6/2020
type
IHA event
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IHA-IDB webinar

   

19 June 2020   Time: 9:00 in Central America / 11:00 in Washington D.C. / 16:00 in London

Language: Spanish (simultaneous translation in English and Portuguese)

Join by Zoom (Meeting ID: 98085799257)

Background

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the second fastest growing region in the world for hydropower. In total, the capacity in LAC reached 196 GW in 2019, with Brazil making up more than half of this (109 GW). [i]

Hydropower development in the region began at the end of the 19th century, peaking in the decades from 1960 to 1980, with large scale hydropower reservoir plants, including three binational projects in the region. During these decades the installed capacity in LAC has increased fivefold. As a result, today an estimated 70 GW have already exceeded their expected lifespan.[ii]

Hydropower electricity generation in the LAC exceeds 50 per cent of the share of electricity supply in several countries in the region. Due to its multiple benefits, hydropower will remain the largest source of renewable electricity for years to come. Nonetheless, to maintain the existing hydropower fleet in optimal operating conditions, actions are needed.

Objectives

Following efforts to advance knowledge on hydropower modernisation and digitalisation in the LAC region, IDB and IHA engaged in a study to understand the modernisation potential of LAC’s hydropower fleet and shed light on the estimated investment need, for the benefit of hydropower stakeholders, regulators, and policy makers.

The webinar offers an opportunity to share the knowledge and insights on hydropower modernisation needs in the LAC region. It will focus on the scope of the study, the finding in terms of capacity and the estimated investment need per subregion.

Agenda

During the webinar, participants will hear

  • An introduction to modernisation, global trends, and energy strategy in LAC region.
  • A presentation of the findings per subregion of the IDB-IHA study on identification the modernisation needs in LAC region.
  • Reactions and conclusions to the study findings and key messages.
  • General discussions with the audience
  • Final remarks and how participants can get involved in the upcoming activities.

The speakers include:

  • Ariel Yépez, Energy Division Chief, IDB
  • Eddie Rich, CEO, IHA
  • Arturo Alarcón, Senior Regional Specialist, IDB
  • Melvin Monge Sandí, Director Generation Business, ICE
  • María Ubierna, Hydropower Specialist, IHA
  • Thiago Vasconcellos Barral Ferreira, President, Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE)
  • Ing. Fernando Alcarráz, General Manager, Comisión Técnica Mixta de Salto Grande

The webinar is framed in a set of upcoming activities between IDB and IHA to support the modernisation of the LAC hydropower fleet. These activities include:

  • A technical note to policy makers in the LAC region to support the transition of the aging hydropower fleet to the needs of the 21st century. To be published in July 2020.
  • An open webinar on policies to discuss the barriers to enable a favourable framework for the modernisation of aging hydropower projects in the LAC region. Dates to be confirmed for September 2020.
  • A workshop for practitioners on modernisation with regional focuses at the World Hydropower Congress 2021.
  • A focus session for policy makers on modernisation of the global hydropower fleet at the World Hydropower Congress 2021.

[i] 2020 Hydropower Status Report

[ii] Alarcón, Arturo D, 2018. El sector hidroeléctrico en Latinoamérica: desarrollo, potencial y perspectivas. Nota técnica del BID; 1405.  

RENEXPO INTERHYDRO 2019
date
28/11/2019
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29/11/2019
type
Sector event
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Salzburg, Austria

   

RENEXPO INTERHYDRO 2019 is to be held at the Salzburg Exhibition & Congress Center on 28–29 November.

Industry experts meet at this specialist hub serving to link up hydropower industry professionals in eastern and western Europe.

RENEXPO INTERHYDRO highlights the contribution hydropower makes to safe, sustainable, affordable and climate-neutral energy provision.

Find out more: www.renexpo-hydro.eu/en/

OLADE IV LAC Energy Week
date
11/11/2019
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14/11/2019
type
Sector event
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Lima, Peru

OLADE is an intergovernmental organisation established to support the integration, rational utilisation and protection of energy resources in the Latin America region.

IV LAC Energy Week is organised for the exchange of experiences and knowledge among the energy sector.

   

Find out more:

www.olade.org

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference
date
23/10/2019
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26/10/2019
type
Sector event
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Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea

REN21 has announce that The Republic of Korea will be the host of the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). Korea’s ambition to phase out nuclear and coal and to increase levels of renewable energy in its national energy mix were key determining factors in its selection. This IREC will be the first to be co-hosted by a national government and a municipality.

For more information, visit the event website.

Power of Water Canada 2019
date
21/10/2019
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23/10/2019
type
Sector event
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Ontario, Canada

The Power of Water Canada trade show, organised by the Ontario Waterpower Association, brings together product and service providers specific to the hydroelectric sector in Canada.

Established in 2010, the trade show offers a range of networking activities which provide exhibitors with the opportunity to make connections and build alliances with hydroelectric professionals, indigenous communities and provincial and federal government representatives.

   

For more information on the 2019 show, please visit the organiser's website.

Polish Hydropower Conference HYDROFORUM 2019
date
9/10/2019
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10/10/2019
type
Sector event
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Polanczyk/Solina, Poland

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The annual Polish Hydropower Conference (HYDROFORUM) is organised by the Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (IMP PAN), the Polish Hydropower Association and the Polish Association for Hydropower Development.

The conference provides a platform for discussion on challenges encountered by the hydropower sector in Poland and the region in view of legal and administrative developments, hydropower potential, available technology and environmental requirements.

The programme provides an opportunity for the exchange of opinions and information on observed trends and prospects for the sector, as well as the development and operation of hydropower installations, new solutions to technical problems and the results of research and development (R&D).

The event is aimed at representatives of the hydropower sector, academic institutions, central and local authorities, and NGOs.

The venue is Polanczyk, a resort located at Solina Lake, inthe foothills of Bieszczady mountain range in south-eastern Poland. A technical visit to the Solina Dam and Hydropower Plant (200 MW) is envisaged.

For further details and registration forms please visit: www.tew.pl, www.trmew.pl, www.imp.gda.pl.

Hydropower Europe regional workshop: Chania, Greece
date
30/9/2019
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1/10/2019
type
Sector event
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Cultural Center of Chania, Chania, Greece

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum is organising three regional workshops for the hydropower community in Europe.

  • Nordic workshop: Lulea, Sweden - 28-29 August
  • Alpine workshop: Lausanne, Switzerland - 11-12 September
  • Mediterranean workshop: Chania, Greece - 30 September-1 October

Background

Hydropower in Europe is undergoing a great number of future challenges. To face this unique set of policy, environmental, societal, technological and market challenges, the hydropower sector needs to become more cost competitive and find novel approaches to future development in accordance with environmental and social demand.

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE project is built on the ambition to achieve a Research and Innovation Agenda (R&IA) and a Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR) for the hydropower sector, based on the synthesis of technical fora and transparent public debates through a forum that gathers all relevant stakeholders of the hydropower sector.

Through a three-year consultation process which includes wider online, expert workshops and a series of regional and Brussels based events, HYDROPOWER EUROPE will collect views and inputs of stakeholders from all the different sectors and topics of hydropower (hydro industry and engineering, finance and insurance investors, policy-makers at the national and EU-level, research academia, civil society, etc).

A key step of this consultation process is the series of three regional workshops organised to gather the feedback of regional stakeholders on specific hydropower issues and that will take place in three different climatic regions.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is one of the leading partners of the HPE Forum.

Provisional Agenda

The main objectives of these workshops will be to:

  • Allow more dialogue with regional stakeholders (identify the difficulties, the potential solutions, etc);
  • Address specific regional issues (political, social, environmental aspects, funding needs at national and EU levels).
  • Gather inputs from hydropower stakeholders on the two main documents (RIA and SIR).

Each workshop will be a 1.5-day event and will offer the opportunity to discuss hydropower regional issues with regional high-level officials and stakeholders from the hydropower sector.

The workshops will be dedicated to:

  • Day 1: Project introduction and regional issues discussion;
  • Day 2: Half-day - Research and Innovation Agenda presentation and debate;
  • Day 2: Half-day - Strategic Industry Roadmap presentation and debate.

Participation

To register for a regional workshop and for more details, please click here.

Workshop participation is free.

For more information on the Hydropower Europe project, please visit www.hydropower-europe.eu

WaterPower Canada Conference 2019
date
25/9/2019
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26/9/2019
type
Sector event
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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montréal, Canada

The WaterPower Canada Conference is Canada’s largest national hydropower industry event.

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Experience first-hand how the waterpower industry is accelerating Canada’s clean electrification transition and contributing to the Canadian economy, creating a myriad of opportunities for all. As a world-class leader in environmental stewardship, community engagement and innovation: the waterpower industry has a lot to offer.

Register for the event:

www.conference.waterpowercanada.ca

Webinar: Identifying hydropower modernisation needs in Asia
date
12/9/2019
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12/9/2019
type
Webinar
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Online

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Background

Modernising the ageing hydropower fleet is critical to extend their lifetime, improve performance and safety, and to guarantee reliable and low-cost hydropower in the future energy mix.

In Asia, hydropower projects will play a key role in supporting emerging economies, meeting renewable energy targets and balancing increasing levels of variable wind and solar resources.

By 2030, over a third of existing hydropower capacity across Asia will have undergone, or be due for, modernisation. This figure rises to over half the current fleet when not accounting for China. While some older capacity has been modernised, there remain plants in need of renewal and investment over the coming years.

Webinar summary

Modernisation offers opportunities for hydropower operators to make technology upgrades and implement measures to improve sustainability and climate resilience.

To help identify these opportunities, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently partnered with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to study the modernisation needs for hydropower stations in the region.

During the webinar, hosted by IHA in partnership with the AIIB, IHA members and partners will hear:

  • An introduction to AIIB’s priorities, energy strategy, investments and experiences to date in the hydropower sector in Pakistan, Tajikistan and Nepal.
  • A presentation by IHA on modernisation and introducing the study focusing on its scope, methodology and aims.
  • How members and partners can get involved in the study by providing inputs and feedback as well as answer any questions regarding the study and AIIB.

The webinar is open to IHA members and selected partner organisations.

It will take place at 10:00 BST on Thursday 12 September 2019, lasting one hour.

About the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes and bring countries together to bridge the huge investment gap in Asia and beyond. Headquartered in Beijing, AIIB began operations in January 2016 and has now grown to 100 approved members worldwide. Find out more.

For members to register for the webinar, please contact us.

Presenter biographies

Courtney Lowrance

Courtney Lowrance is a Principal Environment Specialist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new multilateral financial institution founded in 2015 to bring countries together to address the daunting infrastructure needs across Asia. She is responsible for addressing the environmental dimensions of policies, programs, projects, and technical assistance provided by the AIIB. Previously, Courtney was the global head of Citi’s Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) group. In this capacity, she represented the Equator Principles Association from 2008-2010 in the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum, which culminated in the launch of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in 2010. She has 20 years of experience integrating international environmental and social standards into various financial products (project finance, corporate loans, debt and equity underwritings, and trade finance).

David Morgado

David Morgado is a Senior Energy Policy Specialist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). He is responsible for supporting the implementation of AIIB’s Sustainable Energy Strategy, identifying investment opportunities and assisting with project preparation. Previously heworked at the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Programme to scale-up of energy efficiency activities that generate economy-wide benefits with governments from major emerging economies including Brazil, India and Mexico. Before joining the IEA, David worked for the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) in Thailand, as an Energy Specialist and Project Manager, providing technical assistance to governments, utilities and international development agencies including the ADB, World Bank, IFC, UNDP, UN Environment and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. His work covered energy efficiency, demand-side management and renewable energy across Asia-Pacific and Africa. David Morgado is an Environmental Engineer with MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh.

David Samuel

David Samuel is Hydropower Sector Analyst at IHA. He joined our knowledge building team in October 2017. His work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on global hydropower, working on topics such as plant modernisation and regional interconnection. Before joining IHA, David worked for almost four years as development engineer at a global engineering consultancy, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, in thermal power generation, and spent a year at Highview Power Storage. At WSP, David focused on plant performance, cost and due diligence studies of IPP power projects, typically combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), and also on techno-economic analysis for the UK Industry Decarbonisation Roadmaps 2050. At Highview, he worked on thermo-mechanical storage innovation. David previously completed a traineeship at the European Investment Bank (EIB) and holds a master's degree from the UCL Energy Institute.

Nicholas Troja

Nicholas Troja is Senior Hydropower Sector Analyst at IHA. He joined the hydropower development work programme in 2016. His work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on global hydropower, including identifying trends in project financing, policies and market dynamics. Before joining IHA, Nick worked for the UK’s steel industry focusing on the EU Emissions Trading System and the impact of other EU level climate change and energy policies on the sector. Prior to this he worked for the UK’s department of energy and climate change, covering a wide range of policy areas and as an adviser to the shadow minister for emissions trading and climate change in Canberra. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and master’s degree in public policy.

IHA Knowledge Network

IHA members interested in exchanging experiences and best practices on modernisation programmes can join our Asset Management Knowledge Network.

The network can be accessed in Hydropower Pro, our online member community.

Contact us

Please contact IHA analyst David Samuel at david.samuel@hydropower.org

Hydropower Europe Regional Workshop: Lausanne, Switzerland
date
11/9/2019
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12/9/2019
type
Sector event
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EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Lausanne, Switzerland

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum is organising three regional workshops for the hydropower community in Europe.

  • Nordic workshop: Lulea, Sweden - 28-29 August
  • Alpine workshop: Lausanne, Switzerland - 11-12 September
  • Mediterranean workshop: Chania, Greece - 30 September-1 October

Background

Hydropower in Europe is undergoing a great number of future challenges. To face this unique set of policy, environmental, societal, technological and market challenges, the hydropower sector needs to become more cost competitive and find novel approaches to future development in accordance with environmental and social demand.

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE project is built on the ambition to achieve a Research and Innovation Agenda (R&IA) and a Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR) for the hydropower sector, based on the synthesis of technical fora and transparent public debates through a forum that gathers all relevant stakeholders of the hydropower sector.

Through a three-year consultation process which includes wider online, expert workshops and a series of regional and Brussels based events, HYDROPOWER EUROPE will collect views and inputs of stakeholders from all the different sectors and topics of hydropower (hydro industry and engineering, finance and insurance investors, policy-makers at the national and EU-level, research academia, civil society, etc).

A key step of this consultation process is the series of three regional workshops organised to gather the feedback of regional stakeholders on specific hydropower issues and that will take place in three different climatic regions.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is one of the leading partners of the HPE Forum.

Provisional Agenda

The main objectives of these workshops will be to:

  • Allow more dialogue with regional stakeholders (identify the difficulties, the potential solutions, etc);
  • Address specific regional issues (political, social, environmental aspects, funding needs at national and EU levels).
  • Gather inputs from hydropower stakeholders on the two main documents (RIA and SIR).

Each workshop will be a 1.5-day event and will offer the opportunity to discuss hydropower regional issues with regional high-level officials and stakeholders from the hydropower sector.

The workshops will be dedicated to:

  • Day 1: Project introduction and regional issues discussion;
  • Day 2: Half-day - Research and Innovation Agenda presentation and debate;
  • Day 2: Half-day - Strategic Industry Roadmap presentation and debate.

Participation

To register for a regional workshop and for more details, please click here.

Workshop participation is free.

For more information on the Hydropower Europe project, please visit www.hydropower-europe.eu

24th World Energy Congress
date
9/9/2019
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12/9/2019
type
World event
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Abu Dhabi, UAE

The triennial World Energy Congress is the World Energy Council’s global flagship event and offers a unique platform for global energy leaders to explore new energy futures, critical innovation areas and new strategies.

It aims to bring together international energy stakeholders, including governments, private and state corporations, academia and media. With over 10,000 participants expected, the event will attract over 250 star speakers, 50 ministers, 500 CEOs, 500 Media with an exhibition space that will cover 40,000 sqm.

For more information, please visit the ograniser's website.

Hydropower Europe Regional Workshop: Lulea, Sweden
date
28/8/2019
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29/8/2019
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Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum is organising three regional workshops for the hydropower community in Europe.

  • Nordic workshop: Lulea, Sweden - 28-29 August
  • Alpine workshop: Lausanne, Switzerland - 11-12 September
  • Mediterranean workshop: Chania, Greece - 30 September-1 October

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Background

Hydropower in Europe is undergoing a great number of future challenges. To face this unique set of policy, environmental, societal, technological and market challenges, the hydropower sector needs to become more cost competitive and find novel approaches to future development in accordance with environmental and social demand.

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE project is built on the ambition to achieve a Research and Innovation Agenda (R&IA) and a Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR) for the hydropower sector, based on the synthesis of technical fora and transparent public debates through a forum that gathers all relevant stakeholders of the hydropower sector.

Through a three-year consultation process which includes wider online, expert workshops and a series of regional and Brussels based events, HYDROPOWER EUROPE will collect views and inputs of stakeholders from all the different sectors and topics of hydropower (hydro industry and engineering, finance and insurance investors, policy-makers at the national and EU-level, research academia, civil society, etc).

A key step of this consultation process is the series of three regional workshops organised to gather the feedback of regional stakeholders on specific hydropower issues and that will take place in three different climatic regions.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is one of the leading partners of the HPE Forum.

Provisional Agenda

The main objectives of these workshops will be to:

  • Allow more dialogue with regional stakeholders (identify the difficulties, the potential solutions, etc);
  • Address specific regional issues (political, social, environmental aspects, funding needs at national and EU levels).
  • Gather inputs from hydropower stakeholders on the two main documents (RIA and SIR).

Each workshop will be a 1.5-day event and will offer the opportunity to discuss hydropower regional issues with regional high-level officials and stakeholders from the hydropower sector.

The workshops will be dedicated to:

  • Day 1: Project introduction and regional issues discussion;
  • Day 2: Half-day - Research and Innovation Agenda presentation and debate;
  • Day 2: Half-day - Strategic Industry Roadmap presentation and debate.

Participation

To register for a regional workshop and for more details, please click here.

Workshop participation is free.

For more information on the Hydropower Europe project, please visit www.hydropower-europe.eu

2019 Philippines Infrastructure Conference
date
27/8/2019
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29/8/2019
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Manila, Philippines

The Philippines Infrastructure Conference is an infrastructure development themed conference and exhibition which aims to unite infrastructure industry decision makers and experts from government authority, regulators, financiers, project owners, designers, EPC contractors and technology companies. It is set to discuss on some challenging issues and forge partnerships in the infrastructure sector.

The event provides a powerful international platform for the infrastructure and transportation sectors to interact and share common issues, goals and solutions, with a particular and unique focus on the Investment and Funding Mode, Road & Bridge, Power Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, Smart City, Port and Logistic Infrastructure and ICT infrastructures.

With multiple conference streams presented by more than 100 expert speakers running parallel each day, the conference creates a highly stimulating atmosphere for industry practitioners to stay updated and debate, enabling unique learning opportunities for delegates and speakers alike. Speakers and delegates include government officials, company presidents and CEOs, directors, managers and their teams, bringing together a mix of knowledge and insight.

HydroVision International 2019
date
23/7/2019
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25/7/2019
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Portland, Oregon, USA

Join more than 3,000 attendees and 320 exhibiting companies from around the world at HydroVision International for a week of informative hydro-focused meetings, workshops, tours, an extensive programme and exhibition.

HydroVision International highlights perspectives on the role of hydro, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.

IHA at HydroVision International

During the conference, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) will deliver training for delegates seeking to assess and report reservoir greenhouse gas emissions using the G-res Tool.

Delegates can also learn more about the G-res Tool during a Knowledge Hub - Technology Horizon session on Wednesday 24 July from 12pm-13pm, and can meet the G-res Tool team in the Exhibition hall in booth #3039.

To contact the team and book a place on the training course, please contact: ghg@hydropower.org

Find out more on the HydroVision International website.

World REnew Day 2019
date
22/6/2019
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22/6/2019
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World REnew Day 2019

The world’s first World REnew Day, which highlights the need to switch to renewable energy, takes place on the occasion of the June solstice.

The event is initiated by the Global 100% Renewable energy initiative and by Renewable Energy Ambassador Ruslana in partnership with FridaysForFuture. The initiative is supported by a large number of organisations from civil society, the renewable energy community, local governments and the scientific sector.

The official launch ceremony will take place from 15:00 on 22 June at the UN Campus in Bonn, in parallel with the UN Climate Change Conference SB50.

The World REnew Day 2019 celebrations will include:

⁃ Speakers from around the world highlighting the urgency of the switch to renewables and the benefits of such a move.

⁃ Artists including ESC winner and Global100RE Ambassador Ruslana performing.

⁃ Additional street art activities around the World Conference Center in Bonn.

Speakers in Bonn include:

  • Stefan Gsänger – WWEA
  • Parents for Future – Sandra Prüfer
  • Global 100% RE Platform – Rian van Staden
  • Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien – Simone Peter
  • Energy Watch Group – Hans-Josef Fell
  • Climate Action Network – Tasneem Essop
  • ICLEI – Ashok Sridharan (Mayor of Bonn)
  • ISES – David Renne

People around the world are invited to join in celebrating World REnew Day:

⁃ by coming to Bonn on 22 June 2019

⁃ by organising an event in their home town to celebrate World REnew Day

⁃ by joining the World Renew Day movement by signing the World REnew Day resolution.

Find out more:

renewday.global100re.org/

The Sustainable Energy for All Charrettes
date
18/6/2019
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20/6/2019
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) will convene a set of charrettes which will use the principles of design thinking to focus on intensive inquiry, challenging assumptions and bringing new perspectives with the expectation that together, participants will be able to identify specific pathways and detailed next steps and actions. As with all events convened by SEforALL, the charrettes will be diverse and inclusive.

Each of the charrettes will bring together small groups of participants from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and sectors to address a specific question which has been derived from tracking data and evidence of progress or lack thereof. Based on SEforALL’s assessment of progress, specific focus will be on the challenges of financing energy transitions central to the success of SDG 7 and on gaps and challenges in the data and evidence used to drive action.

The charrettes will provide input and momentum for the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September and for the High-level sessions on SDGs and Financing for Development at the UN General Assembly to be held at the same time.

To learn more, visit the organiser's website.

ICOLD 87th Annual Meeting
date
9/6/2019
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14/6/2019
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The 87th Annual Meeting of ICOLD will be held 9-14 June 2019 in the city of Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is a non-governmental international organisation which provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience in dam engineering.

ICOLD is a leader in setting standards and guidelines to ensure that dams are built and operated safely, efficiently and economically, and are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. Every year, ICOLD holds an Annual Meeting and Symposium in a selected country.

Find out more: www.icold-cigb2019.ca

World Hydropower Congress
date
14/5/2019
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16/5/2019
type
World event
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Espace Grande Arche, Paris, France

Event description

The World Hydropower Congress brings together industry, government, finance and civil society to set priorities for the future of the sector.

The 2019 Congress will be held in Paris from 14 to 16 May 2019. The event is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

The event will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, under the theme ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’.

More information

To learn more and register, please visit the World Hydropower Congress website.

Hydropower AFRICA 2019
date
2/4/2019
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4/4/2019
type
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Windhoek, Namibia

Event description

Hydropower AFRICA 2019 will be the third international conference focusing on water storage and renewable energy development in Africa, co-hosted by Aqua~Media International and the International Commission on Large Dams.

The two main utilities, NamWater and NamPower, welcome international experts to come and exchange experience on key topics relating to water storage and renewable energy. Namibia has experienced a period of exceptional growth and economic stability (IMF Annual Report 2017), making it a prime destination for investments in the hydro sector.

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For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

2019 Waterpower Week in Washington
date
1/4/2019
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3/4/2019
type
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Washington D.C., USA

Event description

The National Hydropower Association’s Waterpower Week in Washington is the nation’s premier hydropower and marine energy event. Each year, industry professionals and power producers and suppliers converge on the nation’s capital to shape the future of waterpower.

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For more information, visit the event website.

Hydropower Caspian and Central Asia 2019
date
20/2/2019
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21/2/2019
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Tbilisi, Georgia

Event description

The 3rd Annual International Congress and Exhibition: Hydropower Caspian and Central Asia 2019 is a professional venue for high-level participants to discuss key topics and guide the course for hydropower construction and operation in the Caspian and Central Asia region.

High-profile speakers will discuss the changing rule of hydropower in the energy mix and the benefits of interconnections beyond national borders. Participants will review initiatives and commitments and discuss action priorities.

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For more information, visit the organiser's website.

Workshop: Developing independent hydropower projects
date
1/2/2019
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1/2/2019
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IHA event
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London, UK

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Governments and decision-makers are increasingly turning to renewable resources to spur development and improve livelihoods. To seize this opportunity, a larger number of stakeholders must be mobilised and involved, including independent power producers (IPPs), but also social and environmental experts, financiers, international institutions as well as local communities and entrepreneurs.

In recent years, private investment in the power sector has continued to grow. This is particularly the case in Africa.

Most countries in the region now have IPPs as part of the power generation sector. These IPPs cover a range of technologies from fossil fuels to solar PV, but also hydropower. Hydropower IPPs are now found in East and Southern Africa and a number are under development in West Africa.

This workshop is designed to bring together a community of experienced developers, professionals and experts to explore opportunities and solutions for further hydropower development, with a particular focus on Africa.

Speakers and participants confirmed:

  • Guillaume de Forceville, Senior Vice-President, EDF
  • Richard Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, IHA
  • Joao Costa, Senior Sustainability Specialist, IHA
  • Duncan Russell, Technical Director, ERM
  • Anton-Louis Olivier, CEO, Renewable Energy Holdings
  • Mark Goldsmith, Environmental and Social Director, Joule Africa
  • Erik Hansen, Vice-President, Sinohydro
  • Rebecca Wooding, Infrastructure Advisor, DFID
  • Kelly Malone, Managing Partner, King & Spalding
  • Shibani Bose, Environmental and Social Officer, FMO

Webinar: Reservoirs and aquatic biodiversity
date
16/1/2019
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16/1/2019
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Webinar
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Online

Event description

Hydropower reservoirs provide a variety of water and energy services and are a catalyst for driving global decarbonisation and achieving the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

Reservoirs can have varying effects on aquatic biodiversity, caused by changes to river flow regulation, fragmentation and changes in water quality.

To identify these effects, Researchers from Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and Hydro-Québec undertook a multi-scale analysis to understand fish community trajectories after river impoundments across different regions.

During this webinar, IHA members will hear from the researchers about:

  • Lessons from the analysis for fish community dynamics in reservoirs across boreal, temperate and tropical regions
  • The effects on fish productivity and biodiversity
  • Useful metrics to understand how fish populations respond to impoundment

The webinar will take place at 3pm GMT on Wednesday 16 January 2019. It will be hosted by the International Hydropower Association in partnership with the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and Hydro-Québec.

Register your interest

This webinar is for IHA members only. To learn more about membership, visit the webpage.

If you are a member and interested in registering for this webinar please email Cristina Diez Santos, IHA Hydropower Analyst, at cds@hydropower.org

Presenter biographies

Christian Turpin

After a 22-year environmental career in the pulp and paper sector, Christian joined the Hydro-Québec's Environment Team in 2010. As part of this team, he coordinates various project life cycle assessments and associated research projects.

Katrine Turgeon

Katrine has had quite a unique career path, leaving and coming back to academia. She obtained her PhD in 2010, where she tested the efficiency of marine protected areas as a conservation and management tool. She then did a first postdoc at the university of Guelph where she tested socio-ecological models to predict how human decisions can affect fish stocks with the Canadian Fisheries Research Network. She did a second postdoc at McGill University, with Hydro-Québec as a research partner, where she studied the short and long-term impacts of river impoundment on fish and fisheries. Before her PhD, she worked as a research agent for Environment Canada. She was a research scientist at Hydro-Québec before taking her current researcher and professor position at UQO.

Cristina Diez Santos

Cristina joined IHA's Knowledge Building Team in August 2017. Her work focuses on building and sharing knowledge on sustainable hydropower development, working on topics such as hydropower benefits and river basin development. Cristina holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and a master of advanced studies in sustainable water resources from ETH Zurich. Prior to joining IHA, Cristina worked in a consulting firm as an international tender coordinator, working with over 30 different countries, international financial institutions, the private and public sector and NGOs.

Ninth Session of the IRENA Assembly
date
11/1/2019
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13/1/2019
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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Event description

The IRENA Assembly is the Agency’s supreme decision-making body and brings together heads of state, ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition.

Two ministerial roundtables will take place during the Assembly, featuring ministers and high-level participants. They will discuss the role of renewables in achieving universal energy access and the transformative impact innovation is having in the renewable energy sector.

Plenary event: ‘The Changing Role of Hydropower in the Energy Sector Transformation’

The objective of this session is to highlight the importance of adequate operation regimes for the sustainable hydropower in the global energy transformation. In this context, the session will discuss opportunities and challenges of hydropower O&M, share good practices to enhance the availability and reliability of hydropower, and elaborate solutions to enhance the hydropower sustainability by supporting the accelerated adoption of modernised and innovative operation of hydropower fleet.

The session will also cover the future role of hydropower to support the energy sector transformation, encouraging participants to be actively involved in shaping solutions and join IRENA’s work in this area.

The session will be attended by IHA's Chief Executive Richard Taylor and Senior Hydropower Analyst Bill Girling.

More information

For more information about the Assembly, please visit the organiser's website.

Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting 2019
date
10/1/2019
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10/1/2019
type
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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Event description

The third Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting will take place in conjunction with the IRENA Assembly and the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. As a member of the Coalition, IHA will attend this closed meeting.

More information

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

Francophone webinar: the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol - Principles and Applications
date
13/12/2018
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13/12/2018
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Webinar
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Online, 2pm GMT

Event description

Hydropower is at the heart of power generation in many countries, including Africa. Addressing the sustainability issues of hydropower projects is increasingly important to ensure the long-term success of projects and even access to finance.

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and derivative tools provide a framework for assessing projects, at any stage of development, across a range of social, environmental, technical and economic criteria. This webinar will look in detail at:

  • How to use the Protocol;
  • Topics evaluated under the Protocol;
  • Examples of where the Protocol has been applied; and
  • Other assessment tools available.

The webinar, which will be conducted in French, has been organised by the Francophonie Institute for Sustainable Development (IFDD) in partnership with the International Hydropower Association.

More information

For more information and to register, visit the IFDD's website.

III Latin American and Caribbean Energy Week
date
10/12/2018
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14/12/2018
type
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Montevideo, Uruguay

Event description

The III Latin American and Caribbean Energy Week is set to support the exchange of experience and knowledge within the region's energy sector by generating business and project financing opportunities.

The event brings together many key players from the sector, including representatives of the governments of the 27 member countries of the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE). It has been co-organised by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay (MIEM) and OLADE.

This year, the event will host the sector's first Latin American and Caribbean business roundtable, which will be an excellent opportunity to establish contacts and develop projects and studies which contribute to the progress of the energy sector. Other sessions will be hosted by the co-organisers, as well as Sustainable Energy for All, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and others.

IHA's Chief Executive Richard Taylor will speak on the role of hydropower at the 'Utilities of the Future' session as part of IDB's 'Regional Policy Dialogue' on 12 December.

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For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

COP24: IHA at the UN climate conference in Poland
date
3/12/2018
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14/12/2018
type
World event
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Katowice, Poland

The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is convened under the presidency of the government of Poland between 3 and 14 December in Katowice, Poland.

Although progress has been made since COP23, the timeframe for the world to limit the devastating impacts of climate change has narrowed. A special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in October 2018, warned that limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes across all aspects of society.

The role of hydropower

The power sector, the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, must decarbonise in order to meet the challenge of climate change. Hydropower is one of the cleanest sources of electricity, representing nearly two-thirds of all renewable generation and 16.4 per cent of global generation (REN21 2018).

Hydropower supports growth in variable renewables such as wind and solar, meeting demand when these sources are unavailable. As a result, hydropower plays a key role in reducing the world's dependence on fossil fuels and avoiding harmful pollutants.

In addition, hydropower provides a vital means of safely managing freshwater, providing water supply and irrigation for agriculture. The storage infrastructure provided by a hydropower reservoir mitigates against the risks posed by climate change, including extreme weather events such as floods and drought.

IHA at COP24

Representatives of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) will participate in a range of official events at COP24 to discuss hydropower’s role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions. Our team, led by IHA CEO Richard Taylor and Senior Analysts Mathis Rogner and Head of Communications Will Henley, will address hydropower’s contribution to meeting climate and sustainability targets.

Launching Ceremony: Global Network on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions

When: 4 December 2018; 17:40-19:10. Where: Space Brazil

This event will launch the Global Network on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, led by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and IHA member Itaipu Binacional. The event will be attended by IHA Chief Executive Richard Taylor.

Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions

When: 5 December 2018; 9:30-11:00. Where: MCK Theatre

IHA’s Chief Executive Richard Taylor will speak at this event which is hosted by the Global Network on Sustainable Water and Energy Partnership. During the session, Itaipu Binacional will showcase best practices in the sector to illustrate the potential of hydropower to avoid greenhouse gas emissions.

Catalysing Investments for Resilient Infrastructure in Africa: Introducing the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility

When: 6 December 2018; 15:00-16:00. Where: MDB Pavilion

This event will present the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility, a joint initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the World Bank in collaboration with the African Development Bank and the African Union Commission. It will engage public and private sector leaders, experts, influential figures, development partners and investors to deliberate and provide insights on enhancing the enabling environment for leveraging the resilience dividend concept for increased and innovative private sector investment in climate-resilient and resource-efficient infrastructure development in Africa.

Stronger Together: Showcasing Success of Renewable Energy Technologies Working Together

When: 11 December 2018; 11:30-13:00. Where: Pieniny room

Bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind offer ready solutions to combat climate change. This side-event, organised by the REN Alliance, aims to showcase the strength of renewables working together.

The REN Alliance partners are:

  • International Solar Energy Society e.V. (ISES)
  • International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • World Bioenergy Association (WBA)
  • World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Photo credit: UNFCCC 2018

RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO: European hydropower trade fair and conference
date
29/11/2018
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30/11/2018
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Salzburg, Austria

RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO will take place for the tenth time at the Salzburg Exhibition Center. Within a few years, the event has established itself as the largest hydropower trade fair with conferences in Europe, measured by the number of visitors, exhibitors and conference participants.

RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO provides a unique platform for manufacturers, operators, planners, project developers, investors, municipalities, power utilities, politics, science and research to present, share knowledge and exchange experiences to establish new contacts. Practical knowledge and solutions are at the forefront.

RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO conferences offer operators, planners, project developers, investors, local communities, energy suppliers as well as political representatives, scientists, research institutions and the industrial sector a unique platform for presentation, knowledge transfer and the exchange of experiences as well as finding new contacts. Excursions tailored for specialists complete the programme.

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For more information, visit the organiser's website.

Canada's Forum on Hydropower
date
21/11/2018
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22/11/2018
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Ottawa, Canada

Building on the success of past forums, the upcoming Canada's Forum on Hydropower seeks to update participants on major hydropower projects being built across the country.

Participants will learn how hydropower developers are leading in the delivery of clean and renewable electricity to Canada, North America and around the world. They will also find out how indigenous communities and the industry are partnering on projects and delivering environmental improvements.

Speakers and thought leaders will share their insights while providing project and regulatory updates on the significant hydropower activity happening throughout Canada.

For more information, visit the organiser's website.

2° World Community Power Conference
date
8/11/2018
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10/11/2018
type
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Bamako, Mali

Event description

Community power has a proven, very positive impact on deployment rates of renewable energy and increases the economic and social benefits of renewable energies for local communities and their actors. It increases community acceptance, involvement and benefits from renewable energy installations, and has been key driver in pioneering European countries adopting renewable energy.

Community Power has the potential to boost renewable energy adoption in Africa, which has currently the lowest electrification rates and population densities in the world. The decentralised renewable resources can be matched with decentralised populations and can have a real and measurable impact on Africa’s living conditions and economic development while providing incentives allowing people to live in regions already affected by climate change.

Experts from Africa and around the world will be invited to propose presentations in a call for papers to be published in spring 2018.

Topics and programme

WCPC will be centred around the following main topics:

  • Community Power: Business Models – Bankable Projects
  • National Support Schemes for Community Power
  • Community Power and International Frameworks: Paris Agreement and NDCs, SDGs, Green Climate Fund and beyond
  • Adapted Technologies
  • Integrated Energy Concepts and Sector Coupling
  • Renewable Energy and Agriculture
  • Capacity Building

More information

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

Executive workshop: Improving decision-making for hydropower
date
19/9/2018
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19/9/2018
type
IHA event
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Paris, France

Event description

Decision-making in hydropower is complex by nature. Operators and developers share responsibilities with various levels of administration and government over matters which go well beyond electricity generation.

This executive workshop, organised by IHA in partnership with UNESCO, will see senior executives and experts from around the world discuss three trends which are shaping decision-making in the sector: digitalisation, climate change and sustainability.

Speakers will discuss the experience, knowledge and tools available to decision-makers to improve the performance of hydropower projects and ensure that they deliver satisfying, sustainable outcomes, which meet wider water and energy policy expectations. They will also share examples of successful initiatives and programmes launched around the world relating to digitalisation, climate change and sustainability.

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Why are digitalisation, climate change and sustainability in hydropower so important right now?

  • Digitalisation is providing owners and operators with an opportunity to improve outcomes for their power plants, provided data can be gathered, analysed and utilised in time by the relevant stakeholders.
  • Climate change has instilled uncertainty in the decision-making mix, while access to and use of relevant information remains a problem in many countries with hydropower potential.
  • The reporting and benchmarking of sustainability practices is affecting all stages of development, from early-stage planning to operation and modernisation.

More information

For any questions about the event, please contact events@hydropower.org

Hydropower Development 2018
date
5/9/2018
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6/9/2018
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Zurich, Switzerland

Event description

Hydropower Development 2018 will bring together senior executives and experts from the hydropower industry, as well as policy makers, consultants, technology innovators, engineers, investors, project developers and leading market analysts to discuss the sector's latest challenges and developments.

The event, hosted by Active Communications International (ACI), will give insight to the industry's latest policy evaluations and, while focusing largely on hydropower production and development in Europe, concentrate on updates and forecasts on future environmental and energy trends and their impacts on hydropower operations and market dynamics. It will also look at key market applications and overviews, hydropower's place within the larger context of renewables, its relationship with climate change dynamics, and new technological advances, including digitalisation.

IHA's Chief Development Officer Greg Tracz will speak at the event, alongside representatives from IHA members EDP, Landsvirkjun and Statkraft, and many other industry leaders.

More information

A 15% discount is available to IHA members; please contact events@hydropower.org to find out more.

To learn more about the event, visit the organiser's website.

International workshop: Digitalisation in the hydropower sector
date
27/8/2018
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28/8/2018
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Salto Grande Hydroelectric Complex, between Argentina and Uruguay

Event description

This international workshop, hosted by the Joint Technical Commission of Salto Grande, has been organised with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank and in partnership with IHA.

The workshop's objective is to build knowledge on how digital systems are advancing operations, maintenance and modernisation practices in the hydropower sector. It will cover a range of digitalisation topics, including advanced operating strategies to optimise hydropower generation, digital systems to improve maintenance practices, digital twinning, integrated control and cyber-security systems.

Day one of the workshop will consist of Q&A sessions on digitalisation experience, planning, trends in the industry and suppliers and latest technologies. Day two will start with a visit to the Salto Grande Hydroelectric Complex and finish with a concluding session.

The Salto Grande Hydroelectric Complex, which has been in industrial operation since 1982, is itself currently under assessment for modernisation, including new digital technology. The complex is home to two symmetrical powerhouses located on the banks of the Uruguay River and a surface spillway in the middle of the river. The powerhouses each have seven 135 MW generating units, giving the complex a total installed capacity of 1,890 MW. The complex is operated by Comision Technica Mixta de Salto Grande.

More information

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please contact IHA on +44 208 652 5290 or at events@hydropower.org

ICOLD 2018 World Congress
date
1/7/2018
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7/7/2018
type
Sector event
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Vienna, Austria

Event description

The 26th ICOLD (International Commission on Large Dams) World Congress in combination with the 86th ICOLD Annual Meeting and the ATCOLD Symposium Hydro Engineering will be held in Vienna, Austria in July 2018.

The congress is aimed at companies and professionals involved in the implementation of dam projects for the generation of energy from renewable sources, water supply and water protection structures. The focus of the discussion is the exchange and deepening of knowledge about dams, as well as the maintenance of the high level of practical and scientific competence in the relevant disciplines.

The conference programme will include interesting study tours to high-head pumped storage plants, run-of-river plants and excellent examples of Austrian dams at high elevation in the Alps.

The cultural programme for participants and accompanying persons will include musical performances and excursions to some of Austria’s most impressive sites.

More information

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

HydroVision International 2018
date
25/6/2018
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28/6/2018
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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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Join more than 3,000 attendees and 320 exhibiting companies from around the world at HydroVision International for a week of informative hydro-focused meetings, workshops, tours, an extensive programme and exhibition.

HydroVision International, between 26 and 28 June 2018, highlights perspectives on the role of hydro, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.

Find out more at the HydroVision International website.

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The Grid-Scale Energy Storage Summit is a side event before HydroVision International.

The summit, between 25 June and 26 June, will bring together industry leaders in renewable energy and energy storage markets throughout the world to explore the synergies between pumped storage hydro and renewables, such as wind and solar.

This gathering provides the opportunity for participants to strategise the next steps for working together to benefit both of these markets.

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Connect with IHA

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will be represented at HydroVision International 2018 by Senior Analyst Bill Girling.

Mr Girling will address the opening session of the Grid-Scale Energy Storage Summit on Monday 25 June 2018 to discuss hydropower’s role in the global energy storage environment.

To arrange to meet Bill during HydroVision International or for enquiries about IHA services and membership benefits, please email bill.girling@hydropower.org.

IMechE - Hydropower Engineering: Technologies, Projects and Future Developments
date
14/6/2018
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14/6/2018
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Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, United Kingdom

Event description

This seminar features technical presentations about key projects and the latest developments in hydropower, including pumped storage, tidal power, technological innovations and asset management.

At this event you'll hear from keynote speaker and IHA Chief Executive Richard Taylor, as well as Andritz Hydro, Voith Hydro, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd, SSE Generation Development, First Hydro, Tidal Lagoon Power and other industry leaders.

Key speakers include:

  • Richard Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, International Hydropower Association
  • Mike McWilliams, Senior Hydropower Advisor, Mott MacDonald
  • Sean Kelly, Project Manager, SSE Generation Development
  • Alan Robinson, Research & Development Manager, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd
  • Alois Lechner, Lead Engineer for Variable Speed, Andritz Hydro
  • Lars Meier, Head of Proposal Management, Voith Hydro

More information

IHA members can book onto the event at the same rate as IMechE members by selecting the ‘Member, Supporting Organisation’ rate when booking online. Alternatively, IHA members can contact eventenquiries@imeche.org to arrange booking.

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

IWaSP conference and IHA workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
date
5/6/2018
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8/6/2018
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Nairobi, Kenya

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Event description

With two-thirds of Africa’s feasible hydropower potential untapped, the growing demand for power must be weighed against water scarcity, and the need for water resources to be managed sustainably is paramount.

Against this backdrop, the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) with the support of GiZ, has organised a regional conference on ‘Water Stewardship for Sustainable Hydropower’ between 5 and 8 June 2018 to explore how stewardship approaches can address the pressing challenges and add value to existing models of hydropower development and operation.

IHA will lead a one-day workshop on 7 June 2018 on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, an internationally recognised tool used to assess the performance of a hydropower project across more than 20 topics.

In addition, IHA will participate in a pre-conference session on benefit sharing to discuss and share the existing mechanisms for community benefit sharing to promote cooperation among different stakeholders and as a vital component of sustainable hydropower development and operation.

Programme

Setting the scene

  • Background to developing the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
  • World Commission on Dams
  • Hydropower Sustainability Forum

Introduction to the Protocol

  • Structure (topics, scoring statements, criteria)
  • Good practice vs. best practice
  • Governance
  • Council Chambers and stakeholder engagement

The Protocol in practice

  • The Protocol in practice
  • Basic auditing principles
  • Interview techniques
  • Handling evidence
  • How to record evidence
  • Interpreting scoring statements

The Protocol and climate change

  • Expanded Protocol to include new topic
  • Threshold values for reservoir emissions
  • Introduction to the G-Res tool
  • Climate resilience aspects

New Protocol tools

  • Background to development of Protocol derivative products
  • Environmental, social and governance tool
  • Good international industry practice guidelines

Value of the Protocol

  • Examples of how the Protocol can be used
  • Compliance with international financial institutions’ safeguards (e.g. the World Bank)
  • Case studies: where the Protocol has had a direct bearing on good practice uptake

Discussion on sustainable hydropower in the regional context

  • Wrap-up and conclusions

More information

For more information, please contact IHA Hydropower Analyst Cristina Diez Santos at cds@hydropower.org and IHA Sustainability Programme Manager Frank Faraday at ff@hydropower.org.

Download the conference flyer.

IEA: Addressing the Energy-water Nexus Through R&D Planning and Policies
date
28/5/2018
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29/5/2018
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Ixelles, Belgium

Event description

The achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on a sustainable and reliable supply of water, energy and water-energy synergies. The current water and energy systems are interdependent yet they operate in relative isolation.

Energy production and distribution is often a national issue, while water is within the remit of regions and municipalities. Therefore, examining the interplay – the “nexus” – between energy and water provides a holistic and systemic view on these complex and critical issues.

Both technology-specific and systemic approaches to the energy-water nexus are needed. Advances in research and analysis have resulted in innovative technologies and integrated approaches to efficient use of energy, water, or both.

This workshop aims to gain further understanding of the issues of the energy-water nexus and to highlight best practice and opportunities, including integrated systems, governance, regulations and markets (national, inter-regional or international). Participants will explore opportunities for addressing the energy-water nexus in order to inform more effective R&D planning and policies.

It will result in a summary report which identifies challenges and opportunities of the water and energy nexus and present perspectives and best practice.

The workshop has been organised under the auspices of the IEA Experts’ Group on R&D Priority Setting and Evaluation (EGRD), an advisory body to the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). The EGRD examines analytical approaches to energy technologies, policies, and R&D on targeted, timely topics. The event is hosted by the European Commission.

More information

For presentations and proceedings of the workshop, please visit the organiser's website, where you can also find out more about the EGRD.

For more information, contact Carrie Pottinger, EGRD Secretary, at carrie.pottinger@iea.org or Cristina Diez Santos, IHA analyst, at cds@hydropower.org

Beijing Forum on Hydropower and Future Energy Systems
date
21/5/2018
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22/5/2018
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Beijing, China

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Event description

If the world is to meet global objectives set to address climate change and keep the rise in temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, the power sector will have to be decarbonised. This energy transition involves a fundamental transformation of the way societies supply, distribute and use energy. The ultimate goal is ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

As part of the event series leading up to the 2019 World Hydropower Congress in Paris, IHA's Beijing Forum on Hydropower and Future Energy Systems aims to progress understanding of technical, business and policy aspects of the energy transition, with a focus on renewable energy systems, and the role of hydropower in supporting this transition.

International policy-makers and experts with experience in planning and developing small and large-scale energy systems will discuss outcomes and lessons learned from recent projects as well as current initiatives.

Speakers:

  • Zhang Ye, President, China Society for Hydropower Engineering
  • Richard Taylor, CEO, International Hydropower Association
  • Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Director, Water Sciences, UNESCO
  • Paulo Maranhao, Advisor to the CEO, Itaipu Binacional
  • Chen Sunjiao, Vice-President, China Development Bank
  • Pravin Karki, Lead, Hydropower & Dams, World Bank Group
  • Stephen Lewis, CEO, Voith Hydro China
  • Christian Pluess, Head of BU Generation, Alpiq
  • Lin Mingshan, Chairman of the Board, State Grid Xin Yuan
  • Maryse François, Technical leader, GE
  • Antoine Badinier, Vice-President, Hydro, EDF
  • Yang Yongjiang, Senior Advisor, China Society for Hydropower Engineering
  • Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, IRENA Technology Centre
  • Edgardo Calderon, Secretary General, Central American Electrical Interconnection System
  • Nick Wright, Vice-President, Sarawak Energy Bhd.
  • Khulman Ghising, Managing Director, Nepalese Electricity Authority
  • Bruno Kapandji, Minister, Agency for the Development and Promotion of Grand Inga
  • Moises Machava, Director, Eletrica de Cahora Bassa
  • Mosad Elmissiry, Senior Energy Advisor, NEPAD

Information and resources

Presentations from the forum are available to IHA members; please contact external-relations@hydropower.org to request copies.

For more information on the forum, download the programme.

Event photos

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Climate resilience and the effective management of risk in the hydropower sector
date
14/5/2018
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15/5/2018
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IHA event
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Mexico City, Mexico

Event description

The workshop on 'Climate resilience and the effective management of risk in the hydropower sector' will take place during the Understanding Risk Forum organised by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). This two-day event will take place in Mexico City from 14-15 May 2018 and has been jointly organised with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

The workshop will cover the technical, financial and humanitarian aspects of risks in the hydropower sector, with a focus on exploring best practices for turning risk into improved decision-making. It will bring an opportunity for useful collaboration between hydropower and insurance professionals, development agencies, and academic specialists to enhance the understanding risks management, disaster preparedness, as well as building resilience.

Speakers

  • Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary-General, IFRC
  • Jessica Susana Rodriguez Aguilar, Director Renewable Energy, Energy Secretariat Government of Mexico
  • David Green, Director of Earth Science Disaster Programme, NASA
  • John Hardling, Head Climate Risk & Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat, WMO
  • Jacobo Mekler, President, Mexican Hydropower Association
  • Iván Rodríguez, Manager Hydropower Generation, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)
  • Mohamad Irwan Aman, Senior Manager (Sustainability), Sarawak Energy Berhad
  • Diana Vázquez, Infrastructure Program Director, TNC
  • Raúl Alfaro-Pelico, Lead Climate Change Specialist, World Bank
  • Paul Davies, Chief Meteorologist, UK Met Office
  • Emily Wilkinson, Senior Research Fellow Risk and Resilience, Oversee Development Institute (ODI)
  • Richard Hinton, Spatial Analysis Manager, George Washington University
  • Pablo Suárez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation, RCRCCC
  • Catalina Jaime, Senior Risk Adviser, RCRCCC
  • Cristina Díez, Analyst, IHA
  • María Ubierna, Senior Analyst, IHA

Presentations

The below presentations from the workshop are available to members only. If you are an IHA member, please contact María Ubierna at mu@hydropower.org to request the password.

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Comisión Federal de Electricidad presentation

Sarawak Energy presentation

More information

For more information on the workshop, download the programme.

For more information on the Understanding Risk Forum, visit the organiser's website.

To enquire about the event, email María Ubierna, Senior Analyst, at mu@hydropower.org

Webinar: The Local Dimension of the NDCs - 100% Renewable Energy: Comments and Discussion
date
2/5/2018
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2/5/2018
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Online

Webinar description

A webinar titled "The Local Dimension of the NDCs - 100% Renewable Energy: Comments and Discussion" will take place from 2-3.30pm (GMT) on 2 May 2018. It is being hosted by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

This webinar will focus on an upcoming report titled "Local Dimension of the NDCs – 100% Renewables” which is due to be launched at an SB48 side event (see info below). It will form a discussion around the report with partners from the REN Alliance and the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform. The audience is invited to ask questions throughout the webinar, which will be addressed in an interactive Q&A.

Speakers:

  • Rian Van Staden, Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform (Global 100% RE)
  • Stefan Gsänger, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)
  • Dr. David Renné, International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
  • Anna Skowron, World Future Council (WFC)
  • Matthis Rogner, International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • Bharadwaj Kummamuru, World Bioenergy Association (WBA)

For more information or to register for the webinar, please visit the organiser's website.

SB48 Side Event: Local Dimension of the NDCs

Join Global 100% Renewable Energy on 7 May 2018 for the presentation and discussion of the draft report titled “Local Dimension of the NDCs – 100% Renewables”. It forms part of the follow-up process of a successful forum organised during COP23 by the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform together with the German Environment Agency.

The Paris Agreement represents a condensate of unanimous global will to stand together in the fight against climate change as 195 countries signed the declaration during the 21st Conference of Parties in 2015 (COP). Global warming and the subsequently induced climate change are threats of an unprecedented planetary scale, oblivious to political borders of the earth’s division, thus, requiring every country to cooperate internationally by doing “the most it can to help”.

Following this idea, each country is invited to submit its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius and adapt to the impacts of climate change, thereby, shaping the heart of the Paris Agreement.

With emissions being mainly caused in urban areas and at the same time, renewable technology unfolding its benefits primarily locally, it is not surprising that many national climate efforts rely on local and regional action. Therefore, Costa Rica for example particularly supports its local governments to decarbonise the transport as well as the urban waste sector.

This dimension is explored in more detail during the event, where the draft report will be presented and commented on from a number of key strategic perspectives.

More information

For more information on the SB48 side event, please visit the organiser's website.

2018 Sustainable Energy for All Forum
date
2/5/2018
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3/5/2018
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Lisbon, Portugal

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum returns in 2018 as the landmark, annual gathering celebrating the great work organisations and individuals all around the world are doing to bring affordable, clean energy to all and power a revolution in energy productivity.

This year’s Forum will feature keynote speeches and disruptive insights from a wide array of experts, as well as deep-dive discussions on scalable success – and remaining, critical challenges – in meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7 on time. It will create a marketplace for leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss their successes and share ideas for replicating and scaling them.

The deadline to register is 27 April 2018.

More information

For more information, visit the ograniser's website.

Waterpower Week in Washington
date
30/4/2018
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2/5/2018
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Washington D.C., USA

Event description

Waterpower Week in Washington provides three great conferences into one! IMREC, METS and NHA’s Annual Conference have teamed up to give you a 3-day jam packed event to network and discuss about policy change and government affairs.

The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydro, explores issues affecting hydro and marine resources, and helps participants develop a future game plan to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of the hydro and marine industry.

More information

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

International Training Workshop on Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation
date
16/4/2018
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28/4/2018
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National Research Center for Resettlement, Hohai University, Nanjing, China

The management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (MLARR) has become an integral part of the process of infrastructural development. However, a major challenge in this regard is the weak institutional and human resources capacity to address land acquisition and involuntary resettlement globally.

This is reflected in the limited professional staff, knowledge, technical expertise and operational experiences in resettlement policies, planning, implementation and management. Many countries have developed legislative and policy framework to manage issues in land acquisition, resettlement, rehabilitation and social safeguard.

This Hohai University training program will focus on the international standards and good practices, as well as on lessons learned from case studies in China and globally. It includes a 5-day field trip to the Three Gorges Dam and the Gezhouba Dam Projects. The field visits include presentations by the project staff, discussions, and field trips to resettlement sites.

The training program is targeted to an international audience – people who are involved in project planning and implementation, project managers, practitioners and people involved in project administration from public and private institutions or international financial institutions. The course is delivered by some of the world’s leading social assessment and resettlement practitioners.

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For more information, please click here.

Download the programme.

International Sustainable Energy Summit, Kuching
date
10/4/2018
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11/4/2018
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Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Event description

The International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) is a knowledge-based platform specifically focusing on renewable energy and energy demand management. It is jointly organized by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia.

The inaugural summit was held in November 2012 and being a biennial event, 2018 will be the 4th summit. The summit spans over two days and has two components: the conference and mini exhibition.

More information

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

8th World Water Forum
date
18/3/2018
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23/3/2018
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Brasilia, Brazil

Event description

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organised by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organisation that brings together all those interested in the theme of water.

Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth”.

Panel on Water Security and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Organised by Itaipu Binacional and UN DESA

Presentation by Richard Taylor, CEO, International Hydropower Association.

More information

For more information, please visit the World Water Forum website.

Hydropower: the Caspian and Central Asia, Tbilisi
date
14/2/2018
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15/2/2018
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Tbilisi, Georgia

Event description

An international congress “Hydropower: The Caspian and Central Asia” takes place 14-15 February in Tbilisi, Georgia, and is a professional platform for high-level participants to discuss key topics to guide the course for hydropower construction and operation in the Caspian and Central Asia region.

High-profile speakers will discuss the changing role of hydropower in the energy mix and the benefits of interconnections beyond national borders. Participants will review initiatives and commitments and discuss action priorities that enable better hydro.

Congress highlights:

  • It is an exclusive, invitation only, forum for heads of delegations. It includes representatives from sponsor and partner organisations, and gives participants an opportunity to launch and report on their own initiatives, through special sessions and side-events.
  • Presentation of 40+ projects for the greenfield construction and modernization of large, small and medium HPPs in the Caspian and Central Asia region (Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kirgizia and Kazakhstan);
  • Business meets Ministers of Energy regarding the international cooperation that will enable better hydro;
  • Meetings with investors, who will discuss how the early understanding and management of sustainability can remove barriers to investment;
  • Round tables: the opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues facing hydropower (projects financing, ecological safety and technology innovations). The congress includes high-level plenary discussions as well as focused specialist sessions.

More information

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

IRENA General Assembly
date
13/1/2018
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14/1/2018
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Event description

The Assembly is the Agency’s supreme decision-making body and brings together Heads of State, Ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition.

This Assembly will deliberate on IRENA’s progress on the Work Programme and Budget for 2016-2017, and decide upon the new strategic and programmatic direction in the context of the Work Programme and Budget for 2018-2019 and Medium-term Strategy 2018-2022.

In addition, numerous programmatic discussions will be held on current trends in renewable energy policy and technology, including in the form of two Ministerial Roundtables to discuss these matters at the highest level.

More information

For more information, please visit the organiser's website.

Webinar: The digitisation revolution in hydropower operations and maintenance
date
28/11/2017
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28/11/2017
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Webinar
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Digitisation is transforming the way hydropower plants will be operated and maintained in the future.

By 2030, over half of the world's hydropower plants are likely to need upgrading and modernisation, according to the International Hydropower Association's database.

Enhanced digital controls are part of a growing trend towards improving the performance of turbines and overall plant operations, by increasing efficiency, reducing outage time and optimising asset management, and ultimately reducing operating costs.

Digitisation is also playing a key role in enabling hydropower to support the increasing penetration of variable renewable resources, such as wind power and solar photovoltaics.

This webinar is suited to hydropower operators and industry experts, to learn about the revolution in digital technology, including new approaches and innovative solutions being brough in to improve and enhance the operations and maintenance of existing and future hydropower facilities.

The webinar will take place at 14:30 GMT on Tuesday 28 November 2017. Registration closes at 13:00.

To register your participation, please click here. The webinar is for employees of IHA member organisations and individual IHA members only. If you would like to join the webinar and are interested in becoming a member of IHA, please contact Greg Tracz, Chief Development Officer (gt[at]hydropower.org).

About the speakers

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Felix Flemming

Felix Flemming is Vice President Incubation at Voith Digital Solutions, where he and his team are globally responsible for the development of Industrie 4.0 and Internet of Things solutions for hydropower and other industries.

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Robin Goodman

Robin Goodman leads GE's global hydro service business, based in Paris. With an active portfolio in O&M, retrofit and maintenance offerings, GE is a proud leader in hydropower services. GE is committed to supporting customers with safe, clean, affordable and reliable services for the installed base, and has recently launched the Digital Hydro Power Plant and PRIME suite of support agreements.

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Bill Girling is a Senior Hydropower Analyst at the International Hydropower Association (IHA), focusing specifically on our climate resilience and operations and maintenance work topics. Bill joined IHA in 2016 as interim director of our hydropower development work programme.

Bill has 35 years of experience in the Canadian hydropower sector, having worked for most of his career as a hydropower planning engineer at Manitoba Hydro.

Enhancing Sustainability in Hydropower Development
date
27/11/2017
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29/11/2017
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Medellin, Colombia

Event description

ICH members in Colombia and Latin America welcome global hydropower practitioners to Medellin, Colombia, the city of Everlasting Spring. Located in the northwest region of Colombia, Medellin provides the ideal setting for ICH's 2017 Conference: Enhancing Sustainability in Hydropower Development. The Conference will include pre-conference training courses on topics of global relevance:

  • Due diligence for hydropower projects
  • Prevention and administration of social and environmental conflicts
  • Sedimentation workshops
  • Small hydropower development

Over the three days of the conference, international renewable energy practitioners and experts will share a space where sustainability knowledge and business will meet to engage in constructive dialogue.

IHA

On Sunday 26 November, the International Hydropower Association’s Ms Maria Ubierna will present IHA's sediment management knowledge hub at a workshop organised by the World Bank Group.

On Tuesday 28 November, 09:00-12.30, Ms Ubierna will moderate a session on sedimentation management and present IHA's knowledge hub. Between 14:00-16:30, Ms Ubierna will present IHA’s G-res tool for assessing GHG emissions in freshwater reservoirs and the results of a study of 500 reservoirs.

More information

For more information, please click here.

COP23: IHA at United Nations climate conference
date
6/11/2017
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17/11/2017
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Bonn, Germany

The world must invest in renewable energy to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Producing over two-thirds of renewable electricity, hydropower has a major role to play in climate change solutions. Installed hydropower capacity worldwide has surpassed 1,250 GW, supplying more than a billion people with clean energy.

The International Hydropower Association is representing its members at the UN Climate Change Conference. The summit, between 6 to 17 November, is convened under the presidency of the government of Fiji, and hosted in Bonn, Germany, the seat of the UNFCCC secretariat.

The conference represents an opportunity for renewable energy providers and proponents to showcase new and innovative ways to invest in a sustainable future for all. Events IHA is supporting include:

Renewables Working Together: Staying below 1.5°C with Renewable Energy

When: 6 November 2017; 15:00-16:30. Where: Meeting Room 9, Bonn Zone

Solar, wind, bioenergy, hydro and geothermal offer ready solutions to combat climate change. The side event hosted by the REN-Alliance, supported by IHA, will showcase the strengths of renewable energies and how they can be deployed to limit global warming to a 1.5°C increase. Find out more.

REN Alliance partners are:

  • International Solar Energy Society e.V. (ISES)
  • International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • World Bioenergy Association (WBA)
  • World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase

When: 7-8 November; 09:30-17:00. Where: KAH Bonn

The renewable energy industry will present technological solutions to climate change at a standalone event for COP23 delegates including government decision-makers, international organisations and NGOs. The showcase is themed around: access to energy and boosting new markets; and integrated 100% renewable energy systems. Find out more.

The Local Dimension of NDCs: 100% Renewable Energy

When: 9 November; 09:30-17:00. Where: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Organised by Global 100% RE and the German Federal Environment Agency, this international forum is designed to promote concerted action and dialogue between sub-national and national governments, as part of an international campaign to move towards 100% renewable energy. Find out more.

The Water Energy Nexus: Promoting Equitable and Sustainable Use and Management of Water and Energy Resources for All

When: 10 November; 13:15-14:45. Where: Meeting Room 7, Bonn Zone

This partnership event hosted by UNFCCC and Itaipú Binacional will discuss the role of the hydroelectric sector in a low carbon economy, highlighting leadership in the face of climate change. The importance of maintaining ecosystem services when generating hydroelectric power will link the conversation around the implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs 6 and 7. IHA Chief Executive Richard Taylor will present. Find out more.

Contact IHA: communications@hydropower.org

Hydropower Investor Roundtable
date
2/11/2017
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2/11/2017
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Sector event
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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Event description

Supported by the Government of the Republic of Srpska, the 2nd RESENVA - Hydropower Investor Roundtable 2017 takes place on 2 November 2017. The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining will present 18 available projects with installed power of between 13 MW and 160MW.

The Government of the Republic of Srpska's strategy envisages three different financing models:

  • Public funding - with the public sector assuming the dominant role, that is, funding based on the existing accumulation of capital of the mixed holding company and its subsidiaries in combination with credit funds;
  • Mixed financing - partnership between the public and the private sector
  • Private financing - investment from private companies due to limited financial capacity in the public sector and in order to liberalise the market

Venue: Hotel San (Terme Laktasi) - Karadjordjeva 44, 78250 Laktasi - Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republic of Srpska)

Schedule:

09:30 Registration and networking

10:00 Welcome by Mr. Milan Baštinac – Assistant Minister

10:10 Hydro market overview

10:20 Introduction of participants, technology, investments, companies

11:45 Presentation of 18 available hydropower projects

12:15 Q&A

13:00 End of round table

Registration fee:

EUR 550.00 per person – incl.: simultaneous translation, project documentation (translated), technology introduction, catering.

Registration:

http://resenva-consulting.info/calendar/resenva-events

Hydro 2017
date
9/10/2017
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11/10/2017
type
Sector event
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Seville, Spain

Event description

This stunning city, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, southern Spain, will provide an ideal setting for the international conference and exhibition.The Spanish authorities and industry welcome the international hydropower community, and will share, over three days, their wealth of experience of multipurpose dams, hydropower and pumped-storage development.

Delegates will engage in discussions on all topical issues relating to hydropower worldwide, with emphasis on accelerating projects in the less developed countries, and maximizing the benefit of existing hydro assets worldwide.

Further information

http://www.hydropower-dams.com/hydro-2017.php?c_id=88

Training course - application of reservoir conservation model RESCON2
date
4/10/2017
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6/10/2017
type
Sector event
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Hotel Shangrila, Bangkok, Thailand

Event description

The training course will cover the application of Reservoir Conservation Model RESCON2 and takes place on 4-6 October in Bangkok, Thailand.

The workshop aims at providing an introduction in the issues of reservoir sustainability and its importance, reservoir sedimentation and its impacts on water infrastructure performance, planning and decision making of sediment management counter-measures.

The training course will comprise a description of the RESCON2 methodological approach and hands on training on the model set-up, application and finally results interpretation and post processing.

At the end of the workshop the attendees should be able to identify the risks associated with reservoir sedimentation and perform a systematic preliminary screening of the available state of the art sediment management techniques.

During the training several case studies from all over the world will be applied with the RESCON2 model.

These examples cover all type of application, from water supply and irrigation to hydropower, including run-of-river and storage schemes. All sediment management techniques will be demonstrated with the tool. Projects from the audience and participants can also be modeled together in order to identify and to discuss the various sediment management options available.

Further information

Find out more by downloading the event flyer, here.

International workshop: Application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol - experiences and benefits
date
27/9/2017
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29/9/2017
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San José, Costa Rica

The World Bank, the Ministry of the Environment (MINAE), the National Institute of Electricity (ICE) of Costa Rica and the International Hydropower Association (IHA) are pleased to announce the Regional Workshop: Application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (the Protocol): Experiences and Benefits.

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The workshop aims to share the results of the application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in the Reventazón Hydropower Plant in Costa Rica, to reflect on the experiences of the Protocol in other projects around the world and to have an enriching discussion about the Protocol’s concepts and use.

The Protocol seeks to improve the performance of hydropower plants on technical, environmental and social aspects.

Government officials from Costa Rica, Peru and Nepal, representatives of hydropower plants where the Protocol has been applied and international experts will meet to discuss on the challenges and benefits of implementing the Protocol for the development of more sustainable hydropower projects in Latin America.

The World Bank, through a technical assistance to the government of Costa Rica, has supported the application of the Protocol in the Reventazón Hydropower Plant. The 305 MW power plant, located in the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, is owned and operated by ICE.

In 2011, the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol was launched as a multi-stakeholder tool produced in collaboration between the international hydropower industry, financial organizations, NGOs and experts. Currently, there are more than 25 countries in the world where the Protocol has been applied and five of those are in Latin America. The Protocol assessment at the Reventazón hydropower plant represents the first assessment carried out in Costa Rica as well as in the Central America and Caribbean region.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Share information on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol as an instrument to improve planning, construction and operation of hydropower plants.
  • Share the results of the implementation of the Protocol on the Reventazón Hydropower Plant in Costa Rica at its construction stage.
  • Reflect on the experience of countries from South America, North America, Europe and Asia in the application of the Protocol.
  • Promote exchange of knowledge with government officials, private sector representatives and international experts on the Protocol and discuss the main challenges and issues that new hydropower developments face.

Please click here to view the draft agenda. For more information about the workshop, please contact María Ubierna, hydropower sector analyst, IHA: mu@hydropower.org; or the event secretariat directly at: info@sustainablehydro.net.

Visit the website at: sustainablehydro.net

Hydropower Development 2017
date
13/9/2017
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14/9/2017
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Luxembourg

Hydropower Development 2017 will bring together senior executives and experts from the hydropower industry, policy makers, consultants, technology innovators and leading market analysts to discuss the latest challenges and developments within the industry.

The two day event will give an insight to the industry`s latest policy evaluations and, while focusing largely on hydropower production and development in Europe, will also concentrate on updates and future forecasts on future environmental trends and its impact on both, regulatory objectives and hydropower operations. By highlighting the sector’s current major challenges and opportunities the conference will provide a holistic outlook on market trends and drivers.

Find out more here.

ICOLD 2017 Annual Meeting
date
3/7/2017
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7/7/2017
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Prague, Czech Republic

For the first time in its history the ICOLD Annual Meeting will be held in Prague.

The key event of the technical agenda of the Annual Meeting will be a one-day symposium called “Knowledge Based Dam Engineering“. Other important items on the agenda will be the discussions of the technical committees, working groups, regional clubs and other groups of ICOLD.

The venue – Clarion Congress Hotel Prague – and its surroundings will offer a pleasant working environment for all the events held as part of the technical programme of the Annual Meeting.

Traditional technical tours, from which participants can choose, will be directed to three regions of the Czech Republic. Participants will visit dams and other places of interest in each of these three regions.

Find out more at www.icold2017.cz.

HydroVision International 2017
date
27/6/2017
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30/6/2017
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Denver, USA

HydroVision International is the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide. The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Build alliances among 3,000+ hydro professionals and water resource stakeholders
  • Attend multiple networking events to make a connection with colleagues
  • Share knowledge, expertise and viewpoints toward effective solutions
  • Gain a better understanding of current and future challenges affecting hydro during the 60+ conference sessions
  • Hear from over 400 hydro speakers
  • See the most comprehensive collection of 320+ hydro-related product and service providers on the exhibit floor
  • Promote technology development to sustain the hydro industry
  • Earn Professional Development Hour Credits - Attendees registered as Full Conference Delegates are eligible to receive 15 Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits.

Find out more at www.hydroevent.com.

Hydro Power Round Table Serbia
date
12/5/2017
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12/5/2017
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Novi Sad, Serbia

The company ResEnva Consulting cordially invites you to the first Hydro Power Round Table Serbia – Projects meet Technology and Investors. Round-table discussions will focus on 20 projects and concessions for mini and small hydropower plants.

The roundtable discussion will take place on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 from 10:00 to 13:00 at Master Centar, Hajduk Veljkova 11. The end of the roundtable will be followed by individual meetings.

For more information please visit: http://resenva-consulting.info/news/hydro-power-serbia

2017 World Hydropower Congress
date
9/5/2017
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11/5/2017
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IHA event
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In May 2017, the International Hydropower Association will host one of the most important gatherings for hydropower decision-makers and professionals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Initiatives from government, business, finance and civil society can converge to help deliver better hydro and, ultimately, better development for all.

In 2017, IHA, with the support of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the World Bank Group, will convene the sixth World Hydropower Congress for the first time in Africa.

This high-level event is intended to chart the course for hydropower development and operations over the coming decade, with the aim to ensure reliable and resilient water and energy systems for all.

The congress takes place following a strong global commitment to improve access to electricity and water in a climate-constrained world. The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement will provide a powerful backdrop to the discussions.

The congress aims to ensure that hydropower can make the greatest possible contribution to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other international milestones, while managing the challenges of a changing climate.

Find out more here.

Webinar: 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower: new data and analysis
date
4/4/2017
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4/4/2017
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Webinar
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In March 2017, the International Hydropower Association published 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower, a briefing that reveals new data on hydropower capacity commissioned in 2016, and analyses the most significant recent developments in the sector.

In this webinar, experts from IHA will present and discuss the data and trends in finer detail, with an opportunity for participants to join the discussion.

You can download 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower here.

To register for the webinar, please click here.

Find out what time the webinar is in your country here.

About the speakers

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Bill Girling is director of hydropower development at IHA. In this capacity, he oversees IHA's 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 has 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.

Alex Trembath

Alex Trembath is communications manager at IHA. 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.

China Hydropower Development Forum (CHDF)
date
12/1/2017
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12/1/2017
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Beijing, China

The China Hydroower Development Forum (CHDF) is a grand gathering in the hydropower industry of China, and has been held before Spring Festival every year since 1995. It grows out of the Hydropower Spring Festival Party.

CHDF provides a networking and communication platform for new and old hydropower workers and hydropower organisations in China.

The event will bring together about 300 people in the field of hydropower, coming from large enterprise groups, financing institutes, construction companies, design institutes, operators, manufacturers, research institutions and universities, as well as governments, professional committees, state-owned and private enterprises, media etc.

China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) is the organising partner of this event.

Webinar: unlocking hydropower potential through power export
date
14/12/2016
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14/12/2016
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Hydropower, as an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of electricity, has played an important role in the growth and industrialisation of many emerging market economies such as Laos, Kenya, Sarawak (Malaysia), China (1980s and 90s), and Brazil, to list just a few.

Nevertheless, the hydropower potential of many emerging market countries remains undeveloped due to the difficulties surrounding project bankability, particularly the credit risk of domestic offtakers, and a risk reward imbalance in the eyes of investors.

The governments and state-owned utilities of some of these countries may have the option of exporting hydropower production to a neighbouring country for the development of such potential. Opportunities for export can offer many benefits when compared with a hydropower project established exclusively for domestic production, but also present unique risks.

In this webinar, experts from King & Spalding, a leading international law firm that works in the global hydropower sector, will discuss the opportunities and the challenges of power trade.

For background information on the topic, you can download our briefing, Unlocking Hydropower Potential through Power Export, here.

To register your participation, please click here.

Find out what time the webinar is in your country here.

About the speakers

Kelly Malone

Kelly Malone is managing partner of King & Spalding’s Singapore office, and leader of the firm’s global power team.

He advises and represents national governments, state-owned utilities, project sponsors and financial development institutions during the procurement, development, privatisation, sale, acquisition and/or financing of major hydropower projects.

He has advised on more than 65 power projects located in 22 countries, and sits as an observer on the Board of the International Hydropower Association.

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Kevin Futch is a senior associate in King & Spalding’s Singapore office, and a member of the firm’s global transactions practice group. His practice focuses on the development and financing of hydro-, solar and gas-fired power projects and ASEAN utility / grid interconnection projects, as well as power industry-related acquisitions and restructurings.

He has significant experience with cross-border power sales between Sarawak, Malaysia, and neighboring states, and has advised project sponsors, governments and state-owned utilities on power projects across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

About the moderator

Alex Trembath, IHA's communications manager

Alex Trembath is communications manager at IHA. 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.

Webinar: what does COP22 mean for hydropower?
date
25/11/2016
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25/11/2016
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Webinar
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On Friday 4 November 2016, the Paris Agreement entered into force, affirming a worldwide commitment to keep global warming to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. With the US, China, India and the EU among the governments to have ratified the accord, it is one of the biggest international agreements in history.

This set the scene for the discussions in Marrakech at COP22 from 7–18 November: how will we develop our economies and ecosystems in a way that is sustainable and meets the carbon-reduction challenges set out in the Paris Agreement?

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Hydropower has a key role to play in supporting the renewable energy systems that will be essential in achieving these ambitions.

The team at the International Hydropower Association (IHA) took part in Marrakech at COP22: in this webinar we will report on the outcomes, what the implications might be for the sector, and some notable activities that took place during the conference.

The agenda for the webinar will be as follows:
• Introduction by Greg Tracz, communications director, IHA
• Presentation by Alex Trembath, communications manager, IHA
• Q&A discussion with RIchard Taylor, chief executive, IHA

To register your participation, please click here.

Find out what time the webinar is in your country here.

About the speakers

Richard Taylor, chief executive of IHA

Richard Taylor is our chief executive. A Fellow of the Energy Institute (UK), he has been involved in the hydropower sector since 1985. He became a founding Board member of IHA in 1995, and has served as the association’s executive director since 2001.

Richard has written and edited numerous technical papers and periodicals on water and energy, and has been engaged in United Nations initiatives on water (WWDR and UNEP), energy (UNIDO and UNDESA) and climate change (UNESCO and IPCC).

He has also participated in the work of the International Renewable Energy Alliance, World Bank, International Energy Agency, World Energy Council and World Water Council.

Gregory Tracz, communications director at IHA

Greg Tracz is communications director at IHA. He contributes to the definition and implementation of change to deliver value to our members, and supervises the delivery of major projects, such as our flagship biennial event, the World Hydropower Congress. In this role he is responsible for directing all aspects of the event, including logistics, marketing and communications, customer experience including managing the sponsorship and partnership programmes. He is also developing the event programme with a broad range of stakeholders.

He holds master's degrees in political science and environmental law and has previously worked in climate and energy-related positions in France and the United States.

Alex Trembath, IHA's communications manager

Alex Trembath is communications manager at IHA. 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. In his previous role at the National Union of Students he was editor-in-chief of the organisation's national membership magazine, which won an industry excellence award under his editorship, and part of the team that delivered a cross-national brand realignment.

RenExpo Interhydro
date
24/11/2016
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25/11/2016
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Salzburg, Austria

For the eighth time the European hydropower trade fair and conference, RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO, takes place on November 24–25, 2016 in Salzburg. 125 exhibitors, 2.000 visitors, 80 speakers, 3 conferences, seminars and excursion, part of them in English and Italian, will gather for this event.

A big network of more thank 150 associations, with about 30,000 members, as well as numerous engineering offices, authorities, universities and freelance professionals support RENEXPO INTERHYDRO. The 30 advisory board members as well as many small specialised working groups accompany the trade fair on matters related to strategy, conception and implementation.

Find out more at www.renexpo-hydro.eu.

8th China Society for Hydropower Engineering National Congress
date
22/11/2016
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22/11/2016
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Beijing, China

The China Society for Hydropower Engineering (CSHE) National Congress, held every five years, is a very important event in the hydropower industry of China. This event will promote the sustainable hydropower development, low-carbon economy development and water resources usage efficiency in China. A new council will be elected and established.

The event will bring together more than 300 delegates in the field of hydropower industry, coming from financing institutes, construction companies, operators, manufacturers and universities as well as governments, provincial hydropower societies, professional committees, and state-owned and private enterprises.

Towards Better Hydro in Africa (COP22 side event)
date
17/11/2016
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17/11/2016
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Marrakech, Morocco Pavilion Blue Zone at COP22

The total worldwide installed capacity of hydropower is now significant, at 1,211 GW. This is enough low-carbon electricity to supply more than a billion people.
Along with providing storage and flexibility to the increasingly renewable and clean electricity system, hydropower can also contribute to multiple freshwater services, such as flood and drought control. Hydropower can thus contribute to water and energy security in a climate-constrained world.

Hydropower is however significantly underutilised in developing countries, and its benefits are not always well understood or optimised.

Against the backdrop of Agenda 2063 and the establishment of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, this session will bring together key players active in hydropower in Africa.

Discussions will focus on current challenges, successes and how building the right projects in the right place can help achieve ambitious development goals.

Speakers at the side event include:

  • H.E Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
  • H.E Cheick Taliby Sylla, Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Government of Guinea
  • Mr Ali Fassi Fihri, CEO, ONEE, Morocco
  • Mr Richard Taylor, CEO, International Hydropower Association
  • Mr Amidou Traore, CEO, CI-Energies, Côte d’Ivoire
Renewables Working Together: Rural, City, National, Regional and Island Approaches (COP22 side event)
date
14/11/2016
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14/11/2016
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Marrakech, Morocco, room Austral (300) at COP22

Since COP21, renewable energies have taken centre stage in the climate change process. This side event, entitled Renewables Working Together: Rural, City, National, Regional and Island Approaches, will analyse key challenges and prospects at five levels of renewable energy deployment.

Case studies and best practices demonstrating renewables working together in different contexts will be presented.

You can watch a live stream of the side event here.

The REN Alliance is a coalition of five renewable industry organisations that works towards a world where our energy needs are met primarily by renewable sources. Its mission is to demonstrate how renewables can work together in different local, national and regional contexts to meet the world’s energy needs.

The Alliance includes the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the International Geothermal Association (IGA), and the World Bioenergy Association (WBA).

The side event will be moderated by Christine Lins, executive secretary, REN21. Speakers include:

  • Stefan Gsaenger, secretary general, World Wind Energy Association
  • Remigijus Lapinskas, president, World Bioenergy Association
  • Dave Renne, president, International Solar Energy Society
  • Marietta Sander, executive director, International Geothermal Association
  • Richard Taylor, chief executive, International Hydropower Association
  • Gustaf Landahl, head of department planning and environment, City of Stockholm

It follows a side event held in at COP21 in Paris, in December 2015, which discussed how technology solutions are in place for a 100% renewable future. You can read about the outcomes of the previous side event here.

UNFCCC COP 22
date
7/11/2016
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18/11/2016
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World event
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Marrakesh, Morocco

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016.

During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.

Find out more at www.cop22-morocco.com.

23rd World Energy Congress
date
9/10/2016
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13/10/2016
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Istanbul, Turkey

The World Energy Congress is an international, multi-energy forum for participants to better understand energy issues and solutions from a global perspective. The main theme for 23rd World Energy Congress, 'embracing new frontiers', promises an innovative concept and content.

The congress will enable dialogue among energy ministers and leaders from business, finance and academia around the world who will seek options for delivering sustainable energy systems on national, regional and global levels during dedicated sessions including the World Energy Leaders’, the Future Energy Leaders’ and the Energy Trilemma Summits.

The event will bring together more than 10,000 top world leaders in the field of energy, coming from industry, governments, and international organisations, as well as the media, universities and energy industry associations in a unique and wonderful city Istanbul which is a bridge connecting not only East and West, but also the past and the future.

Find out more at www.wec2016istanbul.org.tr.

17th Hydro Power Engineering Exchange (HPEE)
date
2/10/2016
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6/10/2016
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Queenstown, New Zealand

HPEE is a biennial forum for professionals in the Hydropower industry which was founded in 1990 as a way to share technical knowledge and experiences.

The philosophy behind this exchange is to tell the whole ‘warts & all’ story and to learn from others’ experiences due to the similar technical challenges that we face. This exchange is recommended for asset owneres and managers, engineers, technicians, operators and project managers.

Find out more here.

Energy Branding Conference: Charge
date
19/9/2016
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20/9/2016
type
World event
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Reykjavik, Iceland

Now that the utility market has shifted from monopoly position to competition, consumers have added influence. The customer can no longer be treated as a measuring instrument, but as an individual having diverse needs and wants who requires a sound reason for preferring one energy offering to another.

The consumer still needs to connect to a socket for electricity; however, the energy companies need to connect to the individual mind of the consumer for a better understanding of his preferences to create a lasting relationship. The relationships should be based on the consumers’ engagement where they are given a valid reason to care.

Charge seeks out to explore the frontiers of energy branding and bring to the industry hands-on best practices and cases along with academic examples with the aim of demonstrating potential opportunities for the energy space and its customers by utilizing world-class brand practices.

Find out more and register here.

Hydropower Development: Europe 2016
date
14/9/2016
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15/9/2016
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Lyon, France

Hydropower Development: Europe 2016 will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive panel discussions and networking opportunities, providing a platform to discuss both current operational and future planned hydropower plants, energy market reform, potential barriers and support policies as well as project economics and finance.

Find out more here.

Follow the event on Twitter here.

Launch of the Hydropower Developers’ Working Group (HDWG), Myanmar
date
18/8/2016
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18/8/2016
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Yangon, Myanmar

Representatives from hydropower companies and industry-related professionals will meet in Yangon, Myanmar to establish the sector’s first Hydropower Developers’ Working Group (HDWG) and register as a private sector-led association.

The Hydropower Developers’ Working Group will be an innovative platform for companies to influence policy, network, and identify solutions to improve sustainability and business operations of the hydropower sector in Myanmar.

At this first general forum, interested members will learn about the intended benefits of the group, discuss their expectations, learn how to join, network with other professionals, and become acquainted with the executive founding committee, led by local and international hydropower companies. Government officials from several ministries will also attend.

Supported by IFC and the Australian government, the HDWG plans to meet quarterly to tackle pressing issues in their sector as prioritized by members.

To attend this event, please register by 5 August 2016. To register please send your full name, designation and contact information to Ms Kate Lazarus, IFC Senior Operations Officer.

You can find out more here.

Hydropower finance: trends and innovation in 2016
date
9/8/2016
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9/8/2016
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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.

To register your participation, please click here.

Find out what time the webinar is in your country here.

Briefing material

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

Speaker

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.

Moderator

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.

HydroVision International
date
26/7/2016
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29/7/2016
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Minneapolis, USA

HydroVision International is the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide. The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants to develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.

The event includes:

  • Co-located seminars, workshops and briefings
  • Co-located organization meetings
  • Golf Tournament
  • Technical Tours
  • Largest exhibition of products and services in the industry
  • More than 70 conference sessions in eight tracks
  • Poster gallery sessions
  • Networking events

Find out more at www.hydroevent.com.

Integrating climate resilience into hydropower projects: a case study from Tajikistan
date
5/7/2016
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5/7/2016
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Webinar
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We have entered an era where climate risk is real, with extreme events and changes in hydrological patterns increasingly expected. Governments, industry and financial institutions seek to encourage projects to be resilient to climate change, while businesses must consider how to incorporate climate-related risks and opportunities into project design and operations.

The central Asian country of Tajikistan is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate change projections foresee impacts on precipitation, glacial melting and extreme weather events, leading to greater hydrological variability in the region’s river flows. Naturally, these changes also carry implications for the hydropower sector that provides 98% of electricity for the mountainous country.

This webinar will explore how climate resilience was integrated in the upgrade and rehabilitation of Qairokkum Hydropower Station in Northern Tajikistan. It will further showcase how climate change information was used to inform the project design, how different design options were then evaluated and how the project was able to benefit from international cooperation.

To register your participation, please click here.

Find out what time the webinar is in your country here.

Webinar agenda

Introduction and welcome from IHA

Case study on the Qairokkum project by Craig Davies, EBRD:

  • Understanding impact of climate change on hydrological variability
  • Integrating climate change information in the project design
  • Analysing cost and benefits of design measures
  • Strengthening climate resilience in the hydropower operations
  • Utilising climate finance to support climate resilience

Concluding remarks

General discussion and questions with audience

Speaker

Craig Davies

Craig Davies is the associate director for climate change adaptation at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He leads the EBRD's work to promote climate resilience through investment operations in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey and the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean.

He has a particular interest in climate change impacts on emerging economies and in the integration of climate resilience into investment planning across a range of sectors (e.g. infrastructure, water, power and energy, manufacturing and financial services).

Craig is also actively involved in a number of international climate finance mechanisms such as the Climate Investment Funds and the Global Environment Facility. Prior to joining the EBRD he worked for the UK’s Department for International Development. He holds a PhD in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Moderator

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.

Growing Economies Energy Forum
date
23/6/2016
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23/6/2016
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InterContinental London - the O2

The Growing Economies Energy Forum will be held alongside the Africa Energy Forum, a global investment meeting, in London. The Global Economies Energy Forum will host open discussions between government and private sector representatives from Iran, Pakistan, Myanmar and the Pacific Alliance (Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico).

Many of the private sector participants expected to attend specialise in investing and developing power and infrastructure projects in growing economies around the globe. Information will be presented on governments' incentives and strategies to develop their respective power sectors in sessions focused on particular countries.

Find out more here.

Africa Energy Forum
date
22/6/2016
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24/6/2016
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Sector event
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InterContinental London - the O2

The 18th annual Africa Energy Forum will be held on 21–24 June 2016 at the InterContinental London – the O2, bringing together Africa’s energy ministries, utilities and regulators, together with investors from around the world.

The Africa Energy Forum is a global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. The forum aims to facilitate a meeting point for European and African developers and investors to build relationships with governments, utilities and regulators from across the African continent.

This year 1,000 investors, 500 public sector stakeholders, 300 technology providers, 270 developers and 50 students are expected to attend the event, representing 82 countries. The theme of this year’s forum is “mergers and acquisitions”.

Hosting the forum in London will enable Africa’s growing number of small and medium-sized power developers to present their businesses to decision makers from across the investment spectrum.

Find out more here.

Branding hydro: new perspectives and possibilities
date
31/5/2016
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31/5/2016
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Webinar
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Consumer power has never had as much impact on the industry as it does today. In liberalised markets, the consumer is free to choose the supplier. With increased awareness, more and more consumers are becoming selective about the source of energy that flows into their homes. The source of the electricity used at home is not the only focus of savvy consumers; the energy sources used to produce ordinary consumer goods are also receiving increased attention.

While solar and wind have received their share of coverage, awareness of hydropower has lagged behind, even though hydropower can be developed as a sustainable source of energy, both in terms of its environmental impacts and economic benefits.

In this webinar, energy branding will be outlined in simple terms. The webinar will also explore how the special features of hydropower might be used to gain a competitive advantage from a branding perspective, both for hydropower as an industry and for individual companies within the industry.

To register your participation, please click here.

Find out what time the webinar is in your country here.

Speaker

Friðrik Larsen

Dr Friðrik Larsen is the CEO of LarsEn Energy Branding (LarsEn). He is the first person in the world to hold a PhD in the branding of electricity. Dr Larsen is a sought out speaker and his lectures, urging utilities to develop a brand new approach, have been well received around the world.

Dr Larsen is the chairman of CHARGE, the world's first energy branding conference, which will take place in Iceland in September. He is also the chairman of the board of the Icelandic marketing association (IMARK), a board member of the New York Energy Week (NYEW), and sits on the organising committee of the European Utilities week (UEW).

Moderator

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.

Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)
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16/5/2016
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17/5/2016
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Sector event
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Milan, Italy

The Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), will be hosted jointly by the Italian Government, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union Commission (EC).

The Forum will build on the first stakeholder meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. It envisages participation of African and European ministers, AU and EU Commissioners, and more than 300 other high-level participants representing policy-makers, regional institutions, international organisations, the banking and finance industry, the private sector, academia, the civil society and the media.

Coming at a time of increased international attention on energy in Africa (including post-COP21 and announcement of SDG7), the main objectives of the second AEEP Stakeholder Forum are to:

  • sharpen the role and contributions of a wide range of stakeholders
  • enhance the engagement of non-state actors
  • provide a framework for dialogue

Find out more at www.aeep-forum.org.

Webinar: a crisis communications case study for the hydropower sector
date
22/3/2016
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22/3/2016
type
Webinar
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During times of emergency, the public and the authorities rely on being provided with timely, accurate and relevant information to make the necessary decisions and take action.

This webinar will explore how Hydro-Québec, the largest electricity generator and distributor in Canada, has put in place the tools required to communicate efficiently with the public during emergency situations.

The webinar will take place at 13:00 GMT on Tuesday 22 March 2016.

To register your participation, please click here.

Find our what time the webinar is in your country here.

Webinar agenda

Introduction and welcome from IHA

Hydro-Québec’s environment

Core values

Communication before, during and after an emergency situation

Case studies – ice storm and acts of vandalism

Concluding remarks: lessons learned

General discussion and questions with audience

Speaker

Serge Abergel

Serge Abergel is a media spokesperson with Hydro-Québec in Montréal, Canada, specialising in transmission line projects and emergency preparedness. He has been with Hydro-Québec since 2014. Prior to his arrival at Hydro-Québec, Serge worked as a military public affairs officer for the Canadian Armed Forces and as a communications director for the Correctional Service of Canada.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in operations management and a Canadian Armed Forces Public Affairs diploma.

Moderator

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.

10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference
date
15/3/2016
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17/3/2016
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Sector event
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Düsseldorf, Germany

Building on a global network of scientists from renowned research institutes and leading corporations, Eurosolar and WCRE will bring together scientific, economic, legal and political experts to present their newest insights into the usage of storage for renewable energy.

In co-operation with the Energy Storage Europe and in the vicinity of Messe Düsseldorf, the organisers are proud to present one of the largest gatherings in energy storage. Next to the scientific IRES-program, conference guests can visit the exhibition of manufacturers and institutes, developing and building various storage devices.

Find out more here.

International Conference On Water Resources And Hydropower Development In Asia
date
1/3/2016
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3/3/2016
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Sector event
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Vientiane, Laos

The International Conference On Water Resources And Hydropower Development In Asia Conference And Exhibition, organised by the The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams, will cover areas such as:

  • Development potential and planning
  • Regional overview and masterplans
  • Regional insights
  • Trans-boundary and cascade scheme planning
  • Financial, legal and contractual aspects
  • New approaches to project finance
  • Selection and screening of projects for private development
  • Commercial and financial risk management
  • PPAs for transboundary power trading
  • Environmental and social aspects
  • Design adaptations and adaptive resource management for climate change
  • Cumulative impact assessment and cross-border cooperation
  • Rapid Sustainability Assessment Tool: examples from the Mekong region
  • Asset conservation including sedimentation management
  • Hydropower and sustainable development
  • Maximizing and communicating the multiple benefits of hydro
  • The food-water-energy nexus approach
  • Synergy among the renewables
  • Making hydro more competitive (managing and mitigating risk)
  • Regional development through power trading
  • Hydropower technology
  • Civil engineering
  • Materials for dams and appurtenant works
  • Advances in design and construction techniques
  • Recent developments in dam construction
  • Monitoring and engineering for safe structures and sites

Find out more here.

Africa Energy Indaba 2016
date
16/2/2016
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17/2/2016
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Sector event
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Johannesburg, South Africa

The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the continent.

The conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to debate policy, review industrial progress and market trends, discuss the efficiency of various public support mechanisms and public-private partnerships across the continent, and review new data and the latest technological trends globally.

Delegates in the early stages of their careers will have an unprecedented opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the energy sector and to lay the foundations for their role as “Future Energy Leaders”.

Find out more at www.africaenergyindaba.com

18th International Conference on Water Resources, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
date
11/2/2016
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12/2/2016
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Sector event
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The 18th International Conference on Water Resources, Coastal and Ocean Engineering aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of water resources, coastal and ocean engineering.

It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in these fields.

Find out more here.

World Future Energy Summit 2016
date
18/1/2016
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21/1/2016
type
World event
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology.

It brings together government leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and thousands of visitors to experience the latest developments in future energy.

The event is an opportunity to network, launch, discover and build new partnerships.

Find out more at www.worldfutureenergysummit.com.

Renewables Working Together: COP21 side event
date
7/12/2015
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7/12/2015
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IHA event
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Blue Zone, Side Event Room 3, COP21 UNFCCC, Paris

Achieving the goal of a world supplied by 100% renewable energy will require a clear understanding of how different renewable energy technologies can work together to provide reliable energy systems.

This side event brings together five renewable energy technology organisations, representing solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and bioenergy, to provide case studies and best practices of cities, regions, and countries where various high-penetration combinations of renewable energy technologies are working together.

The case studies will identify practical policy, financial, and technical steps taken to achieve successful hybrid renewable energy systems.

Of particular focus will be the benefits of achieving climate mitigation goals by using renewable energy for all our energy needs, as well as the benefits of access to clean energy for all, including the 1.3 billion people who currently have no access to reliable, modern-day energy services.

About the organisers

The International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN-Alliance) is a partnership of international renewable energy organisations representing renewable energy technologies.

The Alliance includes the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the International Geothermal Association (IGA), and the World Bioenergy Association (WBA).

As a partnership, the REN-Alliance works to promote awareness and understanding of the role of renewable energy, and the synergies between the renewable energy technologies at the system level.

Speakers

  • Laura Williamson, Communication and Outreach Manager, REN21 (moderator)
  • Stefan Gsaenger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association
  • Heinz Kopetz, President, World Bioenergy Association
  • Dave Renne, President, International Solar Energy Society
  • Marietta Sander, Executive Director, International Geothermal Association
  • Richard Taylor, Chief Executive, International Hydropower Association
Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015
date
7/12/2015
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8/12/2015
type
Sector event
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Paris, France

The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) is the largest business-focused side event held during the annual Conference of Parties (COP). It will take place again in 2015 on 7-8 December at the Stade de France in the Le Bourget area of Paris.

Convening over 750 cross-sector participants from business, government, investors, UN, NGO and civil society during COP21, SIF15 will be an opportunity to bolster business innovation in the climate change arena.

Building on year-round work from Climate Action and UNEP, the expanded two-day forum will accelerate international sustainable development and bring scale to low-carbon innovation.

Find out more at www.cop21paris.org.

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