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12 July 2019

Eighteen hydropower sector leaders from around the world have been elected to the board of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), it was announced today.

The new board will begin its two-year mandate in September 2019, and will guide IHA’s work and priorities for the period.



The results of the IHA board elections were announced on 12 July after voting closed at midnight on 10 July. Candidates competed in each of the world’s six regions, and those elected are listed below.

IHA Chief Executive Richard Taylor said: “These distinguished individuals bring a tremendous wealth of experience from across the sector and offer diverse perspectives on hydropower activities worldwide. I would like to congratulate our board members, especially those elected for the first time.

“Through the board, our members and our partners, IHA is committed to advance sustainable hydropower. Our programmes build and share knowledge on hydropower’s role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions.”

According to IHA's statutes, a maximum of six candidates may be elected from any one region, and no more than three candidates from the same country.

Once the board is constituted in September 2019, it will select the President of IHA and up to six Vice Presidents from among its members.


The 2019 Board election results are:

North and Central America 

  • Ms Christine CANTIN - Senior Advisor, Relations Outside Québec, Hydro-Québec
  • Mr Colin CLARK - Chief Technical Officer, Brookfield Renewable
  • Mr Herbie JOHNSON - General Manager, Hydro Southern Company

South America 

  • Mr Gil MARANHÃO NETO - Chief Strategy, Communications and CSR Officer, ENGIE Brasil
  • Mr José Maria SÁNCHEZ TILLERÍA - Technical Director, Itaipu Binacional


  • Mr Tron ENGEBRETHSEN - Senior Vice President, International Hydro, Statkraft AS
  • Mr Thibault DESCLÉE DE MAREDSOUS - Chief Marketing Officer, GE Renewable Energy
  • Mr Frédéric HOFMANN - Vice-President in charge of Development, EDF Hydro, EDF
  • Dr Óli Grétar Blöndal SVEINSSON - Executive Vice President Research and Development, Landsvirkjun
  • Mr Uwe WEHNHARDT, President and CEO of Voith Hydro, Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG


  • Mr Anton-Louis OLIVIER - CEO, Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • Mr Moisés MACHAVA - Executive Director, Hidroelétrica De Cahora Bassa

South and Central Asia 

  • Mr Evgeniy TIKHONOV - Strategy and Development Director, EuroSibEnergo JSC

East and Pacific Asia

  • Mr Roger GILL - Non-Executive Director, Pacific Hydro
  • Mr Sharbini SUHAILI - Group Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy Berhad
  • Ms Tammy CHU - Managing Director, Entura, Hydro Tasmania
  • Dr WU Shiyong - Deputy General Manager, Yalong River Hydropower Development Company Ltd
  • Mr ZHANG Dingming - Executive Vice President, China Three Gorges Corporation


Find out more about IHA's work programmes in the IHA Activity and Strategy Report.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will deliver training for hydropower professionals seeking to assess and report reservoir greenhouse gas emissions, at HydroVision International.


The three-day interactive training course from 21-23 July is designed to allow professionals and researchers with a basic knowledge of geographic information systems and reservoir GHG dynamics to use the internationally recognised G-res Tool and accurately interpret the results.

IHA Senior Analyst Mathis Rogner said: "The greenhouse gas emissions of reservoirs should be considered in the planning and design of new infrastructure.

"The G-res Tool consolidates the most recent research in the field and builds on the principles agreed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the estimation of net reservoir emissions.

"Reporting on reservoir emissions will become mandatory, and the G-res Tool offers a relatively simple process to give reservoir stakeholders confidence in the carbon footprint of their reservoir.”

The training course will be coordinated and led by Sara Mercier-Blais, Research Associate for the UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change, based at L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Ms Mercier-Blais said: “Getting numbers from the G-res Tool is quite easy, but making sure that those are accurate is the real task. The G-res Tool training we provide allows the participant to critically analyse the results obtained and understand their real meaning.”

The course includes a scientific introduction and step-by-step tutorial on using the G-res Tool, as well as training on case scenarios and results analysis. When the course is finished, participants will be accredited as certified G-res Tool users.

HydroVision International in Portland, Oregon, USA, from 23-25 July, is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees from about 50 countries, as well as about 350 exhibiting companies. The event features over 60 educational sessions, as well as many co-located workshops, organisational meetings and other activities.

Conference delegates can learn more about the G-res Tool during a Knowledge Hub - Technology Horizon session on Wednesday 24 July 24 from 12pm-13pm, and can meet the G-res Tool team in the Exhibition hall in booth #3039. 

To contact the team and book a place on the training course, please contact: 

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The Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program is now accepting new applications for 2019-2020.

The initiative aims to help women in the hydropower industry to connect, generate new friendships, and share experiences in a supportive environment.

It is supported by the U.S. National Hydropower Association (NHA), Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA), Midwest Hydro Users Group (MHUG), WaterPower Canada, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and HydroVision International.


First launched in 2017, the Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program aims to create a meaningful connection where the mentor and mentee become collaborators in each other’s success.

The mentor brings her life experience and a willingness to listen, give counsel, and provide network connections that support the mentee. The mentee brings her growth and development goals, opportunities and challenges, with a willingness to openly discuss them.

A volunteer steering committee matches the applicants into traditional or reciprocal mentorship pairs. Each mentorship pair is unique and adapts to a relationship style and meeting format that works best for them, meeting once a month for eight months, October to May.

Applications are being accepted until 1 August, with pairs to be announced in early September.

If you would like to apply, complete the application form and send it to

Steering Committee Members:

Nora Rosemore – Minnesota Power, Dawn Presler – Snohomish PUD, Amanda Blank – Alliant Energy, Kelly Schaeffer – Kleinschmidt, Kelly Maloney – Brookfield Renewable, Kristina Newhouse – Avista Utilities, Rita Hayen – TRC, Jacqueline Mongrut – Hydro-Quebec, and Stephanie Hun – SNC Lavalin.  

IHA is commited to promoting the role and contribution of women in the energy sector, particularly in the transition to a low carbon future. In June 2018, the association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) aimed at promoting mentoring, networking and coaching opportunities to encourage the increased participation of women in decision-making positions.



29 May 2019

Twenty-one candidates are standing for election to the International Hydropower Association's Board for the 2019-2021 period.

The successful candidates will shape and direct IHA's work for the next two years, commencing in September 2019. A total of 18 places are available in the election.


Voting is open from 29 May until 10 July. Statements from each of the candidates are available in a candidate profile booklet available for download here.

IHA's membership - individual members and primary representatives of corporate members - are eligible to vote in the elections.

The results of the election will be announced on 12 July.

The IHA Board elections are held every two years. The current IHA Board was elected in July 2017 and is serving a term covering the period from September 2017 to September 2019. The Board meets three times a year.

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Download ballot papers:

Ballot form for a primary representative of an IHA corporate member.

Ballot form for an individual IHA member.

17 May 2019

Commitments underpin the renewable energy transition, manage climate risks and champion good practice

The seventh World Hydropower Congress concluded in Paris this week with 750 delegates from 70 countries participating. Partner organisations announced a range of initiatives to ensure hydropower projects and assets can bring maximum benefits when delivered sustainably.



The congress, 14-16 May, brought together heads of organisations, senior executives and representatives from multiple sectors, including industry, the United Nations, government, civil society including indigenous community representatives, financial institutions including all multilateral development banks, and experts from academia. 

The International Hydropower Association (IHA), which convened the biennial event along with 50 partner organisations, pledged to continue its work to advance sustainable hydropower and share solutions which support the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the closing session on 16 May, Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA, said the association would continue to build and share knowledge on clean energy systems, responsibly managed freshwater, and climate change solutions. “Every hydropower project is an ambassador for the whole sector. There is no hiding place for bad practice or projects that are deemed to be a loss to society or the planet,” he said.

Mr Taylor announced that IHA would pursue new initiatives to help the sector bring forward solutions to enhance hydropower’s flexibility and deliver clean, efficient storage for integrated electricity grids, involving a mix of hydropower, solar and wind power and other renewables. 

In addition, Mr Taylor made a commitment for IHA to work closely with the UN, civil society, business, governments and investors to achieve a common understanding of good practice for hydropower projects affecting protected areas, and when working with indigenous communities.

The Global Network of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, an initiative started by Itaipu Binacional and UNDESA, and now supported by IHA and a growing community of governmental and non-governmental entities, had its inaugural meeting during the Congress. The network aims to show how the water-energy nexus can be managed sustainably, especially to find climate solutions. Within the wide spectrum of the nexus, “hydropower projects can be of great value in the fight against climate change”, said Jose Maria Sanchez, Paraguayan Technical Director of Itaipu Binacional.



“Today Itaipu Binacional reiterates its commitment to our partners, IHA and UNDESA, to continue working together to achieve the goals proposed in both the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr Sanchez added.

A joint statement led by The Nature Conservancy, WWF and other non-governmental organisations was also announced on the closing day. “Hydropower can help balance power systems and facilitate the integration of a higher share of wind and solar generation – both through reoperation of existing hydropower and through strategically designed new projects, including pumped storage, that avoid the significant tradeoffs associated with past development,” states the declaration, which promotes collaboration to deliver low cost, low impact and low carbon energy. 

The World Hydropower Congress saw organisations reflect on ways to overcome a variety of challenges, covering project financing and development, operations, maintenance and modernisation. A major new European initiative on technology to enhance hydropower flexibility was discussed - IHA and many of its members are to be involved, with the project led by EPFL.

Regional commitments included the Inter-American Development Bank working with IHA on the Hydropower Sustainability Tools to build capacity in Latin America. 

More than 200 speakers exchanged experiences and examples of good practice at the World Hydropower Congress across 40 focus sessions and workshops.

Reflecting on a challenging year for the Ituango hydropower project in Colombia, EPM CEO Jorge Lodoño said: “The opportunity to share our experience with so many players in the World Hydropower Congress has been extremely valuable to us. The key to overcoming the gigantic challenges that EPM has faced since the incidents at Ituango has been transparency and our company’s willingness to engage and discuss all the issues. This has galvanised broad-based support, which is much appreciated."


On 15 May, the World Hydropower Congress saw the launch of a new IHA Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide to help projects become more resilient to climate change. It was developed with technical and financial support provided by the World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Both institutions committed to continue to work with IHA in helping the sector utilise the guide. 

IHA noted requests to establish knowledge-building and sharing initiatives around hydropower safety, pumped storage technology, policy and markets, and emerging hybrid technologies such as floating solar at hydropower projects; ESMAP and IHA announced plans to further studies on the global potential of this technology. 

At the World Hydropower Congress awards ceremony, Costa Rica’s Reventazon project was recognised as the recipient of the 2019 IHA Blue Planet Prize for sustainable hydropower development. Two other prizes - the IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower and IHA Young Researcher Award - were also announced.

The 2019 Hydropower Status Report was launched by IHA on 13 May, showing electricity generation from hydropower achieved a record estimated 4,200 TWh in 2018, as worldwide installed hydropower capacity climbed to 1,292 GW.

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