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Photograph of Mr M M Madan, president and CEO at the hydropower division of Jindal Power Ltd, receiving the 2015 Global Sustainability Award from Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, a member of the Indian parliamentJindal Power’s Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Ltd has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Global Sustainability Award by the Energy and Environment Foundation, an Indian NGO based in Delhi.

The award recognises the company’s outstanding achievements in the field of sustainable development.

Mr M M Madan, president and CEO at the hydropower division of Jindal Power Ltd, received the award on behalf of the company from Ms Meenakshi Lekhi, a member of the Indian parliament, during the 2015 World Renewable Energy Technology Congress, which was held in New Delhi in August.

“This award is a testimony of our endeavors and commitments for achieving the objective of sustainable development,” said Mr Madan. 

“With our commitment to sustainable hydropower development, we hope to take a lead in highlighting the value of a sustainable approach to hydropower development in the country.”    

The Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Ltd is a joint venture of Jindal Power Ltd and the Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Ltd, a state government-owned enterprise.

The company is currently developing two hydropower projects in the Dibang Valley in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh: Etalin (3,097 MW), a run-of-river plant which is the largest hydropower project currently in development in India, and Anonpani (22 MW).

The Etalin project has achieved a number of milestones recently. The environmental impact assessment is currently under consideration by the federal Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC), having already received approval from state agencies. 

The environmental flow requirement study was carried out by the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, and has already been accepted by MoEF & CC.

Jindal Power Ltd is also developing the Kamala (1,800 MW) and Attunli (680 MW) hydropower projects, also both in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Last year, Jindal Power Ltd signed a sustainability partnership with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to promote sustainable practices in the development of the Etalin project, which was the company’s first hydropower scheme.

The company has already received training from IHA sustainability specialists, and there are plans to implement the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in the Etalin project’s continued development.

“Jindal Steel & Power Limited always believes in inclusive growth, taking along the communities around its plants, endeavouring to improve the quality of life of the people in the areas it operates in,” Mr Madan explained.

The Energy and Environment Foundation’s annual Global Environment Awards recognise both commercial organisations and academic institutions in India which have demonstrably made a positive impact on the environment. 

The selection process includes presenting a case to a panel of judges, who also undertake site visits to the shortlisted projects.



The 2015 Hydropower Status Report is now available for download, providing comprehensive insights into new global developments in the sector, statistics on new installed capacity, detailed regional analysis, and more.

2015 Hydropower Status ReportYou can download the full report here.

The report is driven by our hydropower database of the world's hydropower stations and companies, built in collaboration with regulators, ministries and electricity associations, as well as the world’s station owners and operators.

If you would like to request a print copy of the report, please contact the team at IHA central office.

We are pleased to announce the results of the election of the IHA Board to serve for the period to October 2017.

Members of the association voted over the recent weeks, with the deadline for ballot forms closing on Friday 24 July.

The elected candidates are as follows:

North America

  • Ken Adams, Canada
  • Colin Clark, Canada
  • Yvan Cliche, Canada

South America

  • Gil Maranhão Neto, Brazil
  • Jose Maria Sanchez Tilleria, Paraguay/Brazil


  • Antoine Badinier, France
  • Tron Engebrethsen, Norway
  • Roland Münch, Germany 
  • Wolfgang Semper, Austria 
  • Óli Grétar Blöndal Sveinsson, Iceland


  • Segomoco Scheppers, South Africa 

West and Central Asia

  • Awadh Giri, India 
  • Rasim Khaziakhmetov, Russia 

East Asia and Pacific

  • Roy Adair, Australia
  • Tammy Chu, Australia 
  • Roger Gill, Australia
  • Lin Chuxue, China  
  • Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, Malaysia 

The first meeting of the new Board will take place in London on 21–23 September 2015, where the new Board members will appoint the president and vice presidents, and confirm the strategy and priorities for the association for the next two years.

We take this opportunity to thank all IHA members for participating in the voting process, and to congratulate the elected candidates. We look forward to working with the new IHA Board.

The International Hydropower Association has announced the Blue Planet Prize will be awarded in 2017.

The prize recognises projects for their contribution to sustainability in hydropower. Roy Adair, IHA vice president and chair of its sustainability committee, made the announcement during the closing ceremony of the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing.

Recognising the challenges facing projects developed within different contexts, the award will be made to a project that has either demonstrated excellence in sustainability, or has significantly improved the manner in which projects are developed in the country or region. Only projects from Least Developed Countries will be eligible for consideration under the second alternative.

The prize will be assessed on its performance in respect of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol – a tool that measure the sustainability of hydropower projects across a range of environmental, social, economic and technical considerations. Find out more here. Full details of the criteria and processes for the Blue Planet Prize will be announced in June 2015.

RMT commitmentsThe International Hydropower Association has outlined ten commitments at the closing of the World Hydropower Congress in Beijing.

On Thurdsay 21 May, Richard Taylor, chief executive of IHA, addressed an audience of international delegates from over 60 countries during the closing ceremony of the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing.

During his closing remarks, he outlined the ten commitments which IHA has pledged to deliver in the next two years: 

  1. Share the knowledge that has been pooled through the Congress and the related work programmes
  2. Continue to strengthen the interaction between all partners of the Congress and advance hydropower where it is most needed, in particular in Africa.
  3. Implement the tools that are available to measure and report on the performance of the sector
  4. Promote planning of future projects that fit strategically within the water and energy systems to which they contribute
  5. Make information available to enable hydropower decision-making to be more transparent and predictable
  6. Encourage project design that integrates the multiple water and energy services that hydropower can bring
  7. Call on the hydropower community to utilise the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
  8. Work with the public and private sectors to motivate investment through the equitable sharing of responsibilities, risks and benefits
  9. Demand that hydropower development becomes a win-win for our society, environment and economy
  10. Share widely IHA’s vision for a world where water and energy services are delivered to all in a sustainable way

These pledges will comprise the association’s priorities during the next two years, as IHA looks forward to the next World Hydropower Congress in 2017.

These commitments represent a firmly collaborative stance, which will involve key stakeholders across governments, financial institutions, research institutes, and private sector corporations.