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As a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance), we will be joining partners from solar, wind, bioenergy and geothermal membership associations to host a side event during the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland.

The side-event, titled 'renewables working together', will examine the potential for integrated renewable energy systems, and explore how a 100-per-cent renewable energy future can be achieved. 

Oliver Griffiths, IHA hydropower development programme director, will be giving a presentation on how pumped storage hydropower can balance the grid of the future.

The side-event will be held in Room Cracow in the National Stadium at 16.45 on 18 November. 

Find out more information about the event.

The 2013 Annual Meeting of CHINCOLD and the 3rd International Symposium on Rockfill Dams took place last week in Kunming, China. 

The event was organised in collaboration with the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) and the Chinese Society for Hydropower Engineering (CSHE), and attracted some 700 experts and practitioners from around the world. 

We participated in the event as a co-sponsor, along with a number of our members, including: Carpi Tech, CEMIG, Changjiang Water Resource Commission and Institute of Survey, Planning Design and Research, China Three Gorges, CPI, EDF, Hohai University, Hubei Qingjiang Hydropower Development, Rushydro, Sinohydro, Volta River Authority, Zesco and MWH. 

A number of presentations were given by our members during the event, including:

  • A global overview of hydropower and the work of IHA (Richard Taylor, executive director, IHA)
  • Underwater rehabilitation of a 113 m high concrete-face rockfill dam: Turimiquire, Venezuela, (Alberto M. Scuero, Carpi Tech, Italy)
  • Technological measures to improve the operational safety of hydropower stations (Xiang Zejiang, vice president, Huaneng Lancang River Hydropower Corporation)
  • Research on key technology for safe operation of 300 m grade arch dam during reservoir impounding (Yi Kui, director, Huaneng Lancang River Hydropower Corporation)
  • Sino-African hydropower development (Miao Jun, Assistant general manager, Sinohydro International)
  • Development of methodology for partially automated hydropower potential calculations using GIS technologies (Timofei Ivanov, head of GTS technical department, Rushydro)
  • Discussion on some problems of high concrete dam construction (Zhang Guoxin, director of department of structures and materials, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research)

The newly-elected IHA Board gathered in London last week for its first meeting.

During the three days of meetings, the Board elected Ken Adams (Manitoba Hydro) as new IHA president, as well as the following vice presidents: Colin Clark (Brookfield Asset Management), Roy Adair (Sustainable Energy Services), Lin Chuxue (China Three Gorges Corporation), Gil Maranhão Neto (GDF Suez Energy Brasil), Roland Muench (Voith Hydro), and Karin Seelos (Statkraft).

The Board also confirmed the roles of eight committees that will be responsible for overseeing and guiding different parts of IHA's work programme over the next two-year period.

The committees and their roles are as follows:

  • Governance: to monitor the implementation of rules and regulations laid down in the IHA Constitution and Bye-Laws, and to take the lead in updating the Constitution and Bye-Laws by drafting proposals for consideration of the Board.
  • Finance: to recommend to the Board financial policies, targets, and budgets that support the mission, values, and strategic goals of the association
  • Sustainability: to provide guidance from an industry perspective on the implementation of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and to advise the Board on matters of policy relating to hydropower sustainability
  • Communications: to guide the work strategy of the central office communications team
  • Membership: to oversee and guide the association's actions to deliver value to members
  • Hydropower commercial and statistics: to provide guidance on policy and communications related to hydropower statistics and commercial issues (finance, investment, statistics)
  • Hydropower science and policy: to provide guidance on hydropower science and related policy issues (energy, climate and water policies and science)
  • World Hydropower Congress: to guide work leading up to the 2-15 World Hydropower Congress, including development of the programme and recruitment of sponsors and partners

Download the latest issue of Currents magazine

The October 2013 issue of Currents magazine brings together voices from across the hydropower sector. 

In this issue we review the highlights of this year’s IHA World Congress, gather opinion from the some of the world’s leading thinkers in hydropower, and look at how the sustainable use of hydropower can help to build and strengthen communities.

IHA members will receive a printed copy, and a PDF version of the magazine can be downloaded using the link below. 

Download your free copy of Currents magazine.

More information about Currents magazine.


The official Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol assessment of the Romanche‐Gavet hydropower project has been published on

The Romanche‐Gavet project is a 94MW project in the implementation stage, located on the right bank of the middle section of the Romanche river in the Isère department in south‐eastern France. The project is owned by the French state, and is operated by EDF. 

The assessment was carried out over the period May to July 2013, with an on‐site assessment encompassing a visit to the project site and interviews with stakeholders conducted in the week beginning 10 June 2013. 

The protocol is a framework for assessing projects against a comprehensive range of social, environmental, technical and economic considerations.

You can download the full assessment here.

More information about the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.