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July 2017

Outgoing IHA Board meets for last time

The IHA Board meeting in London on 19-20 July 2017 was an opportunity for the outgoing Board to review activities for the 2015-2017 period and provide recommendations for the future. 

IHA BoardThe current IHA Board met for the sixth time in the two-year cycle which concludes in September. The meeting was an opportunity to review the association’s activities over the past two years and to look ahead to the 2017-2019 period.

Elections are currently underway for the new Board, which will be in place for its first meeting on 20-21 September.

Accompanying a changing sector

The last two years of intense activity within IHA culminated in the 2017 World Hydropower Congress, where some 650 participants from our membership and the wider hydropower community discussed key areas of our work, from measuring greenhouse gas emissions from hydropower activities to building capacity and addressing skills shortages in the sector.

The congress took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 9-11 May 2017.

IHA has also been building new partnerships across the sector, which has enabled us to be present at a range of events where hydropower is on the agenda, notably in China, Africa and South America.

Our ambitious work programme is enabling us to position IHA as the go-to organisation in the sector, recognising our role in building and sharing knowledge on a broad range of topics, such as climate resilience, sediment management and sustainability performance.

Among the key achievements highlighted to the Board were our contribution to reporting on the sector, and our ‘Better Hydro’ initiative.

Our current activities are part of a wider 2020 set of targets aiming at improving the association’s visibility, impact and service to members.

New cycle of work

The 2017-2019 strategy will shape our activities over the coming two-year period, guiding our hydropower development, sustainability, membership and communications activities.

This meeting was an opportunity for outgoing Board members to share their thoughts on the new strategy, which will be reviewed and adopted by the incoming Board in September.

Ahead of the July meeting, Board members were invited to participate in two in-depth workshops, on the World Hydropower Congress and on sustainability assessment.

Ken Adams, IHA president, thanks those outgoing members of the Board who contributed to previous activities but are not seeking re-election: Roy Adair; Mike McWilliams; Roland Münch; José María Sánchez Tillería; Wolfgang Semper; Torstein Dale Sjøtveit; and Igor Zhezhel.

Review of hydropower activities around the world  

The Board meeting is also an opportunity for members to report on their own activities. The Board includes 18 elected members, representing six regions worldwide. A number of observers, representing IHA platinum corporate member companies, development agencies and governments are also invited to attend the meetings.

The results of the IHA Board elections will be announced on 7 August. Members who have not yet voted should note the deadline of 2 August and click here for further information.

For more information on the current IHA Board, please click here

White paper outlines seven steps to boost France's hydropower

Three French energy associations, representing hydropower producers across France, have described seven steps they believe will boost France’s hydropower sector.

photo damThe Union Francaise de l’Électricité (French Electricity Union), Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables (Renewable Energy Syndicate) and France Hydro Electricité published a white paper, Hydropower at the crossroads: giving new momentum to the number one renewable energy, setting out the proposals on 27 June 2017.

According to the organisations, these steps should ‘maintain, sustain and develop’ France’s number one renewable electricity source, with a view to boosting the energy transition at home and abroad. The paper calls on the French government to take steps to grow hydropower’s share in the energy mix, with a view to achieving the commitments of the Paris Agreement and the 2015 French energy transition law for green growth.

Hydropower currently provides 60 per cent of France’s renewable energy, and plays a major role in greening the energy mix nationally, regionally and globally.

However, a slowing market and increasing regulation is putting pressure on the sector, which the organisations behind the paper are concerned could have a negative impact on the energy transition. In response, they have set out the following steps, across three themes:  

  • Coordinating national and European policies for better alignment, including: (1) ensuring coherence of policies; (2) assessing the real impact of proposed policies; and (3) improving dialogue and consultation.
  • Ensuring economic decisions and tax frameworks incentivise the maintenance and development of hydropower, including: (4) relieving the local tax burden on hydropower development; and (5) establishing a stable and incentivising economic framework.
  • Recognising the true value of services delivered to the electricity system, by: (6) establishing an economic model to support pumped storage systems; and (7) recognising the services hydropower delivers to the electricity system in terms of supply-demand balance and security.

Click here to read the white paper, Hydroélectricité à la croisée des Chemins: donnons un nouvel élan à la première des énergies renouvelables, in full (FR).