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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.


The 2015 World Hydropower Congress has opened in Beijing, China, with 1,000 representatives of government, civil society, finance, academia and industry gathering to discuss the future direction of the sector.

Ken Adams opening ceremony speechIn an opening speech to delegates, Ken Adams said: “If we are to meet the challenges of a changing climate and global freshwater management, the contribution of hydropower and the multiple benefits it provides cannot be ignored.”

The first part of the opening ceremony focused on recent and planned hydropower development in China, with a number of VIP speakers from the country’s thriving sector addressing participants.

Liu Qi, director of the National Energy Association of China, commented on the challenges faced by the hydropower sector in the 21st century. He spoke of the need for the industry to meet the growing demands for affordable and renewable sources of energy, saying that “hydropower is inseparable from human life and social development”.

Wang Shucheng, president of the Chinese National Committee on Large Dams, spoke of the challenges in meeting growing demand for energy while addressing environmental impacts. He said: “The international hydropower community needs to join hands and work out effective solutions.”

Wang Lin, president of China Three Gorges Corporation, spoke on both the successes and challenges faced by the China Three Gorges project. He discussed issues surrounding resettlement, suggesting that future development could learn from the model of compensation and assistance which the project pioneered.

He said that “hydropower sustainability is associated with the wellbeing of the whole of society”.

The second part of the opening ceremony brought together high-level representatives from some of the sector’s most active countries for a panel discussion on international collaboration.

Jin-Yong Cai, CEO of the International Finance Corporation, said: “Middle income and large emerging economies are influencing the development of hydropower worldwide through demonstration effects – by showing how these projects can be managed well to the benefit of their populations."

Mike Muller, commissioner of the National Planning Commission in South Africa, spoke about the challenges for developers in the southern Africa region, particularly in the Zambezi river basin. 

He noted how development has been stalled by the diversion of funds away from hydropower, saying that “banning hydropower from global public funds to mitigate climate change is disgraceful”.

Arun Kumar Verma, joint secretary (hydro) of the ministry of power in India, Wencai Zhang, vice president of the Asian Development Bank, and Gil Maranhão Neto, vice president of the International Hydropower Association, also provided regional insights.

You can find out more about the 2015 World Hydropower Congress here