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The International Hydropower Association helped share knowledge on innovations and disruptive technologies in the hydropower sector at a recent World Bank workshop in Washington D.C.

The workshop, convened in April 2018 and co-organised with IHA, brought together hydropower developers, owners, service providers, equipment manufacturers, technical experts and consultants to investigate the benefits and risks of new technological trends.


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Themes under discussion included how innovations can support future energy systems, how digital solutions such as artificial intelligence and blockchain may be relevant to hydropower operations, and the potential impact of technological disruptions on the sector.

“Hydropower, the largest source of renewable energy worldwide, is an integral component of the transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy systems,” said Mathis Rogner, senior analyst at IHA. “However, a disruption in the energy sector translates to a fundamental transformation in how energy is supplied, distributed and used.

“This workshop provided an opportunity to explore the extent of the potential impact of innovative technologies on our current systems with the aim of establishing a better understaning in the context of hydropower.”

The workshop was opened by the World Bank's Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice Riccardo Puliti, and its Global Lead for Hydropower and Dams Pravin Karki. IHA was represented by Chief Executive Richard Taylor and Mr Rogner.

A summary report of the workshop, produced by IHA, is available to members only. If you are an IHA member, contact Mathis Rogner at to request a copy. If you are not an IHA member and would like to access this exclusive report, please contact about membership opportunities. 

21 May 2018

With exactly a year to go to the 2019 World Hydropower Congress, co-organisers the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme welcomed Ambassadors and delegations to a special briefing in Paris.

The briefing, which was attended by more than 60 representatives of governments and the hydropower sector, took place at the UNESCO headquarters on 14 May 2018. This venue will host the Congress next year between 14 and 16 May 2019.


IHA Chief Executive Richard Taylor said: “Today hydropower delivers around 1,260 GW of renewable electricity, which is enough for more than a billion people, and most of that is being delivered in developing countries.

“The World Hydropower Congress brings together industry, government, finance, academia and civil society to set priorities for the future direction of the hydropower sector,” he added.

Mr Taylor was joined by speakers from Congress partner organisations EDF and GE Renewable Energy, as well as UNESCO, who provided insights on the role of hydropower in delivering on climate and development targets.

With the theme of ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’, the seventh World Hydropower Congress will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Up to 100 countries are expected to be represented at the Congress. Details on registration, the agenda and speakers will be announced in the coming months. To express your interest in participating or sponsoring the Congress, please contact

27 April 2018

The Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program has announced that it will be accepting applications from May 2018. 

The initiative is supported by the National Hydropower Association (NHA), Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA), Midwest Hydro Users Group (MHUG) and PennWell’s HydroVision.


It aims to provide an opportunity for women to “connect, generate new friendships, and share experiences in a supportive environment that highlights the powerful contributions women make in the hydropower industry,” according to the organisers.

Nora Rosemore, Hydro Operations Superintendent at Minnesota Power and Chair of the Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program Steering Committee, said: “We knew there was interest within the industry, but we were so excited to receive over 80 applications in 2017.

“The participants are from all levels and from all types of organisations, including utilities, consulting firms, resource and regulatory agencies, contractors and suppliers.”

Following its launch in 2017, the initiative has successfully matched mentors and protégés from across the hydropower sector into 48 pairs. 

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

Applications for this year’s program are open from 1 May to 1 August and pairings will be announced in early September.

If you would like to apply to join the program, please visit or contact the organisers at

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

22 March 2018 

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is now accepting entries for the IHA Blue Planet Prize.

The prestigious award, which recognises hydropower projects for their achievements in sustainability, will be awarded at the World Hydropower Congress in Paris, France, 14-16 May 2019. 

The IHA Blue Planet Prize is awarded to projects which clearly demonstrate excellence according to a range of social, environmental, technical and economic criteria. Up to three projects can be awarded the accolade in each prize year.


For a project to be considered, it must have undergone an official assessment under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, an internationally recognised tool used to assess the performance of a hydropower project across more than 20 topics.

Frank Faraday, Sustainability Programme Manager at IHA, said: “The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol promotes and guides more sustainable hydropower projects by providing a common language and objective framework for understanding, communicating and improving performance.

“The IHA Blue Planet Prize recognises excellence in the overall sustainability performance of hydropower projects. We encourage all developers and operators who have undertaken or are considering a Protocol assessment to get in touch today to find out how to apply.”

The IHA Blue Planet Prize was last awarded at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress. It was won by the Blanda project in Iceland, owned and operated by Landsvirkjun. The prize has previously been awarded to six other projects since 2001.

Eligible projects will have undergone an official Protocol assessment with the results of that assessment published before 31 December 2018. A project must have achieved or exceeded good practice scores across all Protocol topics and the plant must have been commissioned prior to entry.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts from the hydropower and sustainability sectors. For more information on the prize and to register your interest, visit IHA’s website:

20 March 2018

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will share knowledge on hydropower’s role as a catalyst for sustainable development at the 8th World Water Forum this week in Brazil.

Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA, will present at a session on water security and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Tuesday 20 March 2018. The panel is hosted by Itaipu Binacional and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

The panel will focus on the inter dependency between water and energy, highlighting the importance of integrated planning between the water and energy sectors and the main challenges and opportunities faced by companies and governments.

The World Water Forum in Brasilia comes as almost 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity while 2.1 billion are without safely managed water services.


Mr Taylor said: “Hydropower is part of the solution to the challenge of sustainable development, including the urgent need to provide people in developing countries with affordable, clean energy and water services.

“Hydropower reduces the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, supporting variable renewables through its dispatchable grid services and storage. It provides an effective water management capability to limit the impacts of drought and flooding, while also providing many economic and social benefits including poverty alleviation.”

The panel on 20 March organised by Itaipu Binacional and UN DESA comes after the two organisations signed a Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions partnership initiative earlier this month to find solutions to global energy and water challenges.

During his presentation, Mr Taylor will provide an overview of hydropower capacity, generation and potential worldwide, while discussing the need for a “system-needs approach” to shape future development.

Mr Taylor will discuss hydropower’s utilisation of water to support clean power systems and the need for storage and multiple freshwater services. He will also refer to innovations in hybrid projects and the complementarity of hydropower and other renewable technologies.

The 8th World Water Forum, in Brasilia from 18 to 23 March 2018, brings together representatives of governments, international organisations, business and civil society to discuss issues related to water and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Itaipu Binacional, a member of IHA, manages the Itaipu power plant on the Paraná River. The plant is responsible for supplying 15 per cent of all electricity consumed in Brazil and 82 per cent of Paraguay’s electricity.

Event information:

Water Security and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Panel
Tuesday, 20 March 2018, Conference Room 4, World Water Forum 2018, Brasilia, Brazil

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