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Ken Adams has been re-selected president of the International Hydropower Association during the first meeting of the association’s new board in London.

Ken Adams opening ceremony speechMr Adams has already served a two-year term as IHA president between 2013 and 2015, having been first elected to the IHA Board in 2005.

“It has been a great privilege to serve as IHA’s president,” he said. “I am looking forward to continuing leading on IHA’s governance over the next two years, at a time of exciting transition and growth for the hydropower sector.

"The association is working towards amibitious goals for 2020. We will increase our efforts to build consensus and share knowledge on the sustainable development of hydropower worldwide, and support the sector to do business better."

Mr Adams has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian electricity sector, including his previous role as senior vice president for power supply at Manitoba Hydro. He also spent several years on the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba.

He was the first chair of both the Wuskwatim Power Limited Partnership and the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership, two hydropower projects managed cooperatively between Manitoba Hydro and First Nation communities.

The following candidates were also appointed by the board as IHA’s vice presidents for the 2015–17 period: 

  • Colin Clark, chief technical officer, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
  • Roger Gill, international consultant
  • Lin Chuxue, executive vice president, China Three Gorges Corporation
  • Roland Münch, chairman, Hydro Equipment Association
  • Gil Maranhão Neto, director of business development, Engie
  • Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, CEO, Sarawak Energy Berhad

The new Board is meeting for the first time during 22–23 September, after being elected by members earlier in 2015

The meeting includes discussion on the strategy, priorities and work programme of the association for the next two years, as well as the strategic goals for 2020.

The new president and vice presidents will lead the IHA Board for a two-year term, until September 2017.

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.