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September 2019

18 September 2019

IHA's leadership team took its place this week, with newly elected President Roger Gill joining Chief Executive Eddie Rich. 

Mr Rich, who took over from Richard Taylor on 9 September, presented to IHA's new Board the organisation’s strategy for the next two years. This will see IHA focus on research and policy, sustainability and sharing knowledge on the role of hydropower in the clean energy transition.

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IHA Chief Executive Eddie Rich (left) with newly elected IHA President Roger Gill (right)

Mr Rich said: “With the demand for energy expected to double from 2015 to 2060, the world must look towards a sustainable, renewable mix of energy sources. IHA’s role is to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions.

During the Board meeting at Brookfield Renewable's office in London, the Board unanimously elected Roger Gill, an international consultant with over 40 years in the renewable energy sector, as President. He takes over from Ken Adams.

“IHA has steadily grown to become a platform of knowledge, with members operating in over 100 countries around the world. Our challenge is now to reach beyond the sector to help all stakeholders understand how hydropower can support the renewable energy systems of the twenty-first century,” Mr Gill said.

A long standing Board member and Vice President of IHA, Mr Gill is a company director for Pacific Hydro, a renewable energy development company owned by State Power Investment Corporation of China (SPIC).

Both Mr Gill and Mr Rich paid tribute to their predecessors. “I owe an enormous debt to Richard Taylor, the CEO of IHA who founded the organisation in 1995,” said Mr Rich. “He has brought us so far with unparalleled passion, knowledge and skill. I look forward to working with him to ensure a strong and smooth transition.”

“In addition, over the past six years Ken Adams has steadied the ship and provided a clear vision. We will miss his wisdom, experience and passion for the organisation and subject.”

Six IHA Vice Presidents were also elected by the Board:

  • Tammy Chu, Managing Director, Entura, Hydro Tasmania 

  • Colin Clark, Chief Technical Officer, Brookfield Renewable

  • Gil  Maranhão Neto, Chief Strategy, Communications and CSR Officer, ENGIE Brasil

  • Óli Sveinsson, Executive Vice President Research and Development, Landsvirkjun

  • Christine Cantin, Senior Advisor, Relations Outside Québec, Hydro-Québec

  • Uwe Wehnhardt, President and CEO, Voith Hydro

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IHA's new Board for 2019-2021

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit membership organisation committed to advancing sustainable hydropower. The association supports the sharing of good practices and champions continuous improvement across the hydropower sector. Find out more: hydropower.org/our-vision

 

6 September 2019

Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Costa Rica’s national electricity company, has joined the International Hydropower Association (IHA) as a gold member.

The company promotes and strengthens a model based on sustainability and universal access to electricity, together with the use of natural resources in complete environmental harmony.

Irene Cañas Díaz, President of ICE, stated: “Being part of such a prestigious organisation as IHA is a significant step for the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, bringing us closer to the highest standards in sustainability, as we are committed to maintain and foster our renewable energy mix, which relies foremost in hydropower."

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ICE exclusively manages the country’s electricity system, achieving 99.4 per cent national electricity coverage. It bases its generation on five main renewable sources of energy, in order of size: water, geothermal, wind, biomass and sun.

ICE won the IHA Blue Planet Prize for excellence in sustainable hydropower at the World Hydropower Congress held in Paris in May 2019 for its Reventazón hydropower project.

Reventazón is the largest hydropower plant in Central America with 305.5 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity. Since it came into operation in 2016, the project led Costa Rica to achieve a target of generating 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources.

IHA’s Chief Executive officer, Richard Taylor, welcomed ICE as the newest member of the association. “We are delighted that the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has joined as a gold member. We look forward to working together to exchange experiences and advance strategies that support sustainable hydropower project planning, development and operations,” he said.

Besides Reventazón, ICE’s other hydropower projects include the 134 MW Pirrís hydroelectric plant and the 180 MW Corobici hydroelectric plant. 

Costa Rica receives around 80 per cent of its energy from hydroelectricity.

IHA membership is open to organisations and professionals with an interest in sustainable hydropower. Members gain access to an extensive network of the world’s most reputable hydropower sector organisations, active in more than 100 countries.

Members can connect with each other, join specialist networks and access resources through Hydropower Pro, IHA’s exclusive online community and mobile app.

Learn more about IHA membership: www.hydropower.org/join