Publications

November 20, 2020
International Forum for Pumped Storage Hydropower - Terms of Reference
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Pumped Storage, Clean energy sytems

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October 29, 2020
How-to Guide: Hydropower Resettlement
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Resettlement

This How-to Guide supports hydropower developers to identify, manage and avoid risks associated with resettlement.

It will guide practitioners to design and implement resettlement programmes in accordance with the internationally recognised Hydropower Sustainability Tools.

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August 3, 2020
How-to Guide: Hydropower Benefit Sharing
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Sustainability

This How-to Guide will help practitioners to understand good practice in benefit sharing for hydropower project development and operation.

The publication supports decision-makers to identify and deliver socio-economic benefits to communities, while assisting companies to avoid business risks and improve project viability.

August 3, 2020
How-to Guide: Hydropower Erosion and Sedimentation
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Sustainability

This How-to Guide will help operators and developers to sustainably manage the impacts of erosion and sedimentation on a hydropower project.

The publication maps out practical measures that meet good international industry practice across the project life cycle: from early concept through to detailed design, construction, and operation.

May 28, 2020
IHA position paper - Strengthening sustainable hydropower to support the Covid-19 recovery
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This IHA position paper sets out the immediate impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on the hydropower sector.

The paper looks at how developers and operators have responded, and outlines important hydropower-specific recommendations to assist governments and international financial institutions as they develop their economic recovery plans.

For latest news and resources, visit IHA's Covid-19 communications centre:

hydropower.org/covid-19

May 28, 2020
2020 Hydropower Status Report (PPT)
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Presentation on the 2020 Hydropower Status Report.

This PowerPoint slide pack includes headline information and infographics on worldwide hydropower installed capacity and generation data.

These slides can be used in external presentations provided the source is credited as 'International Hydropower Association (IHA), 2020 Hydropower Status Report'.

To download the full report pdf please visit the publication page.

Learn more: www.hydropower.org/statusreport

IHA members can download the presentation in Hydropower Pro

May 28, 2020
2020 Hydropower Status Report
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Now in its seventh edition, the 2020 Hydropower Status Report is published at a time of great global uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This report, compiled by IHA and its team of researchers and analysts, finds that:

  • Covid-19 has underlined the hydropower sector’s resilience and its critical role in delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy, especially at times of crisis.
  • A bold and ambitious green recovery plan involving significant investment in sustainable hydropower will be needed as part of the policy response.
  • Total global hydropower installed capacity reached 1,308 gigawatts (GW) in 2019.
  • Clean electricity generation from hydropower achieved a record 4,306 terawatt hours (TWh), the single greatest contribution from a renewable energy source.

Learn more: www.hydropower.org/statusreport

IHA members can download the report in Hydropower Pro, our online community.

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May 5, 2020
Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines
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The Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice (HGIIP) define performance expectations for hydropower projects.

The 26 guidelines cover a range of environmental, social and governance topics. Each guideline presents definitions of the processes and outcomes relating to good practice in project planning, operation and implementation.

As a compendium, the guidelines are a reference document for meeting the expectations of lenders, regulators and communities. Compliance with the guidelines can be specified in commercial contracts between financiers and developers, and developers and contractors. Learn more.

May 5, 2020
Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
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The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is a tool for assessing projects across a range of social, environmental, technical and economic criteria.

Assessments are based on objective evidence and the results are presented in a standardised way, making it easy to see how existing facilities are performing and how well new projects are being developed.

The Assessment Protocol covers all stages of a project's lifestyle: planning, preparation, implementation and operation. Find out more.

May 5, 2020
Hydropower Sustainability ESG Gap Analysis Tool
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The Hydropower Sustainability ESG Gap Analysis Tool (HESG) enables project proponents to identify and address gaps against international good practice.

The gap analysis tool is based on the framework of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, assessing projects according to environmental, social and governance criteria.

The tool is divided into 12 sections which are compatible with IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards and the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework.

The tool is published by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) under the mandate of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council. Learn more.

April 29, 2020
IHA Annual Report 2019-2020
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IHA's 2019-2020 Annual Report outlines our contribution to global decision-making on hydropower and renewable energy, and our initiatives to advance sustainability and share best practices across the sector.

“Now, more than ever, collaboration and dialogue are needed to advance global sustainable energy and the transformation towards a low-carbon energy future,” writes IHA President Roger Gill in his foreword.

“IHA, under the mandate given to us by our members to advance sustainable hydropower, will continue working vigorously with our members, partners and wider stakeholders to deliver the ambition needed to tackle present and future threats and realise the opportunities ahead.”

April 23, 2020
Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide (Russian)
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The Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide supports owners and developers of hydropower projects identify, assess and manage climate risks to enhance the resilience of hydropower projects.

The guide helps to make informed decisions about how to plan, build, upgrade and operate hydropower systems in the face of increasingly variable climatic and hydrological conditions.

It responds to the need for international industry good practice on how to incorporate climate resilience into hydropower project planning, design and operations. The guide seeks to evolve from the default use of historical data and the assumption that hydrological variability will remain the same over the lifetime of a project. The guide also addresses how best to access, use and interpret climate change modelling and observed climate data.

The Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide was developed with the financial and technical support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank Group and its Korea Green Growth Trust Fund.

The Russian translation was supported by EBRD.

October 26, 2019
World Hydropower Congress Report (2019)
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The Report on the 2019 World Hydropower Congress is a comprehensive account of the world's most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, experts and innovators.

More than 750 delegates from a record 77 countries participated in the three-day event in Paris, 14-16 May 2019, representing industry, government, social and environmental NGOs, academia, finance and multilateral institutions.

Two-hundred speakers addressed 40 focused sessions and workshops on topics such as sustainability, climate resilience, data solutions, working with indigenous communities and supporting growth in other renewables.

In this report you will find:

  • Outcomes of discussions and proposed priorities for action
  • Session reports on Clean Energy Systems and Modernisation; Sustainability and Strategic Planning; and Climate Change and Resilience
  • Regional sessions reports on Europe, Africa, North America, South & Central America, Latin America, East Asia & Pacific
  • Workshop reports on Sediment Management, Climate Change Resilience Guide, Preparing operation and maintenance strategies, Sustainability assessment tools, Hydropower benefit sharing and the Francophone workshop on sustainability and good practices
  • Summary of the opening and closing sessions

Visit the World Hydropower Congress website.

May 14, 2019
Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide
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15 May 2019

The Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide offers a methodology for identifying, assessing and managing climate risks to enhance the resilience of hydropower projects.

The guide responds to the need for international industry good practice on how to incorporate climate resilience into hydropower project planning, design and operations. It seeks to evolve from the default use of historical data and the assumption that hydrological variability will remain the same over the lifetime of a project. The guide also addresses how best to access, use and interpret climate change modelling and observed climate data.

The Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide was developed with the financial and technical support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank Group and its Korea Green Growth Trust Fund.

News Release - New guide to help hydropower build resilience to climate change

May 12, 2019
2019 Hydropower Status Report
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13 May 2019

The 2019 Hydropower Status Report offers insights and trends on the hydropower sector.

The sixth edition of the report provides information and statistics on installed capacity and estimated generation by country and by region, as well as articles by five leading government ministers.

Key findings:

  • More than 21.8 gigawatts (GW) of renewable hydroelectric capacity was put into operation in 2018.
  • Electricity generation from hydropower projects achieved a record 4,200 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2018, the highest ever contribution from a renewable energy source, as worldwide installed hydropower capacity climbed to 1,292 GW, according to the report.
  • China added the most capacity with the installation of 8,540 megawatts (MW), followed by Brazil (3,866 MW), Pakistan (2,487 MW), Turkey (1,085 MW), Angola (668 MW), Tajikistan (605 MW), Ecuador (556 MW), India (535 MW), Norway (419 MW) and Canada (401 MW).
  • Brazil has now overtaken the United States as the second largest producer of hydroelectricity by installed capacity, after 3,055 MW was put into operation last year at the 11,000 MW Belo Monte complex in the country’s northeast.

Contributions from policy-makers

Government ministers from Canada, Indonesia, Nepal, Uganda and Uruguay contribute policy interventions, each emphasising the need for investment in renewable hydropower to help countries achieve sustainable development.

  • Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi, writes about industry efforts to build partnerships with indigenous communities and create long-term economic opportunities.
  • Indonesia’s Minister of National Development Planning, Bambang P. Soemantri Brodjonegoro, explains how his country is committed to reducing GHG emissions by 29 per cent by 2030 through developing hydropower and other renewables.
  • Nepal’s Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Barsha Man Pun, writes that his government is aiming to attract foreign investment in hydropower while exploring regional energy interconnections.
  • Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Minerals, Irene Nafuna Muloni, emphasises the need to raise investment capital for hydropower development as a way to widen electricity access and support socio-economic transformation.
  • Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Guillermo Moncecchi, reports on the strong complementarity between hydropower and other variable renewable energy sources.

PowerPoint

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Media enquiries

Media requests should be directed to will.henley@hydropower.org

May 12, 2019
2019 Hydropower Status Report: PowerPoint
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Africa, Europe
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The 2019 Hydropower Status Report offers insights and trends on the hydropower sector.

This PowerPoint presentation is provided as a free educational resource.

Credit: International Hydropower Association 2019.

April 4, 2019
IHA Activity and Strategy Report 2018-2019
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The International Hydropower Association’s Activity and Strategy Report for 2018-2019 provides an overview of our mission to advance sustainable hydropower.

The publication shares highlights from IHA's knowledge building and sustainability programmes, looking at our work to share strategies which strengthen the sector’s performance.

The report also previews the World Hydropower Congress taking place in Paris, 14-16 May 2019. Read the press release.

Knowledge building programmes:

  • The status of hydropower: monitoring the sector
  • Clean energy systems: highlighting the expansion of hydropower’s role
  • Climate mitigation: assessing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Climate resilience: developing a guide
  • Green bonds: unlocking the market
  • Hydropower benefits: better reporting
  • Hydropower preparation facility: a model for sustainable projects
  • Modernisation: building knowledge on innovation
  • Operations and maintenance: advancing innovative strategies
  • Regional interconnections: connecting hydropower
  • River basin development: promoting collaboration
  • Sediment management: identifying good practices

Sustainability programmes

  • Supporting a suite of Hydropower Sustainability Tools
  • Building sustainable hydropower capacity around the world
  • Hydropower sustainability assessor training opportunities
July 30, 2018
Rapport d'activité et de stratégie 2017-2018
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Dans le présent Rapport d'activité et de stratégie 2017-2018, nous décrivons la mission de l'association, à savoir la promotion d'une hydroélectricité durable. Nous revenons sur les réalisations de l'année écoulée et définissons nos objectifs stratégiques pour l'avenir.

July 17, 2018
Informe sobre estrategia y actividades 2017-2018
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En las páginas de este informe sobre estrategia y actividades 2017-2018, explicamos la misión de la asociación para fomentar la energía hidroeléctrica sostenible. Analizamos los resultados del año anterior y nos marcamos unos objetivos estratégicos para el futuro.

July 16, 2018
Relatório de Atividades e Estratégia de 2017-2018
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Nas páginas deste Relatório de Atividades e Estratégia de 2017-2018, delineamos a missão da associação de promover a hidreletricidade sustentável. Analisamos as realizações do ano passado e definimos nossas metas estratégicas para o futuro.

July 16, 2018
2017-2018年 活动和战略报告
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在《2017-2018年活动和战略报告》中,我们概述了协会促进水力发电可持续发展的使命。我们回顾了过去一年的成就,并制定了我们未来的战略目标。

June 21, 2018
отчет о деятельности и стратегии 2017-2018
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На страницах данного Отчета о деятельности и стратегии 2017–2018 мы излагаем миссию нашей ассоциации по развитию устойчивой гидроэнергетики. Мы анализируем достижения за прошлый год и формулируем стратегические цели на будущее.

May 18, 2018
2018 Hydropower Status Report
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24 May 2018

The 2018 Hydropower Status Report offers insights and trends on the hydropower sector.

Now in its fifth edition, the report provides information and statistics on installed capacity and estimated generation by country and by region, articles by leading energy and environment ministers, and results of a sector-wide survey on the future of hydropower.

Key findings:

  • A record 4,185 terawatt hours (TWh) in electricity was generated from hydropower in 2017, avoiding up to 4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases as well as harmful pollutants.
  • Worldwide hydropower installed capacity rose to 1,267 gigawatts (GW) in 2017, including 153 GW of pumped storage. During the year, 21.9 GW of capacity was added including 3.2 GW of pumped storage.
  • Growth was fastest in East Asia and the Pacific, with 9.8 GW of capacity added in 2017, followed by South America (4.1 GW), South and Central Asia (3.3 GW), Europe (2.3 GW), Africa (1.9 GW) and North and Central America (0.5 GW).
  • China is the world’s largest producer of hydropower, and accounted for nearly half of global added installed capacity, at 9.1 GW. It was followed by Brazil (3.4 GW), India (1.9 GW), Portugal (1.1 GW) and Angola (1.0 GW).
  • 58.4 per cent of surveyed hydropower decision-makers and professionals expect to expand their company's installed capacity in the next three years, while 51.7 per cent of respondents expect to increase investments in hydropower over the next three years.

A clean source of electricity

The report publishes findings from a study of the greenhouse gas footprint of 500 large hydropower reservoirs. The research used a new tool to assess net emissions and found hydropower’s median emissions intensity to be just 18.5 gCO2-eq/kWh.

By generating electricity from hydropower instead of coal, in 2017 the world prevented up to 4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases – and avoided a 10 per cent rise in global emissions from fossil fuels and industry. It also avoided 148 million tonnes of air polluting particulates, 62 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide, and 8 million tonnes of nitrogen oxide from being emitted.

Contributions from policy-makers

Leading energy and environment ministers from Australia, Ethiopia, Sarawak, Malaysia, and Scotland, UK, have contributed to the 2018 report, explaining how investment in hydropower is supporting national development priorities and the clean energy transition:

  • Australia - Minister for the Environment and Energy, Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
  • Ethiopia - Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Hon Seleshi Bekele
  • Sarawak, Malaysia - Chief Minister Yab Datuk Patinggi Dr Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg
  • Scotland, United Kingdom - Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Media enquiries

Media requests should be directed to communications@hydropower.org

Infographics

Download infographics from the report here: www.hydropower.org/keyfacts2018

February 18, 2018
The world’s water battery: Pumped hydropower storage and the clean energy transition
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18 December 2018

An additional 78,000 megawatts (MW) in clean energy storage capacity is expected to come online by 2030 from hydropower reservoirs fitted with pumped storage technology, according to this working paper from the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

Below are some of the paper's key messages and findings.

  • Pumped hydropower storage (PHS), 'the world’s water battery’, accounts for over 94 per cent of installed global energy storage capacity, and retains several advantages such as lifetime cost, levels of sustainability and scale. The existing 161,000 megawatts (MW) of pumped storage capacity supports power grid stability, reducing overall system costs and sector emissions.
  • A bottom up analysis of energy stored in the world’s pumped storage reservoirs using IHA’s stations database estimates total storage to be up to 9,000 gigawatt hours (GWh).
  • PHS operations and technology are adapting to the changing power system requirements incurred by variable renewable energy (VRE) sources. Variable-speed and ternary PHS systems allow for faster and wider operating ranges, providing additional flexibility at all timescales, enabling higher penetrations of VRE at lower system costs.
  • As traditional revenue streams become more unpredictable and markets are slow to appropriately reward flexibility, PHS needs to secure new sources of reliable and long term revenue in order to attract investment, particularly in liberalised energy markets.
  • Driven by the increasing penetration of wind and solar, reduced dispatchable generation and the need for greater grid flexibility, an additional 78,000 MW or an increase of nearly 50 per cent of PHS capacity is expected to be commissioned by 2030. This could further increase with the right policy settings and market rules.

Read the press release.

Learn more about pumped storage hydropower.

January 24, 2018
IHA Activity and Strategy Report 2017-2018
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IHA's Activity and Strategy Report 2017–2018 outlines the association's mission and activities to advance sustainable hydropower.

The report features:

  • Introduction to IHA: summarising our vision, mission and values
  • IHA's strategy and action to build and share knowledge
  • Benefits of membership and knowledge networks
  • Knowledge building programmes: how we are supporting the hydropower sector
  • Sustainability: the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and related tools
  • Awards: details on the IHA Blue Planet Prize, Mosonyi Award and Young Researcher of the Year prize
  • World Hydropower Congress: a look back on Addis Ababa in May 2017
  • Membership directory: meet our diverse community of members, who are active in over 100 countries

Translations are available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

How useful are these translated versions? Let us know by voting in our online poll.

Read the news release.

January 23, 2018
2017 Hydropower Status Report
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The 2017 Hydropower Status Report provides a comprehensive overview of recent developments and trends in the sector around the world.

The report includes:

  • an overview of regional trends, highlighting new capacity added in 2016
  • detailed regional analysis of new capacity installations, projects in the pipeline and policy development
  • maps and data visualisations of deployment, generation, potentials, and more
  • a new map and infographic on long-distance transmission development
  • 17 new country profiles
  • analyis of key topics including:
  • climate resilience
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • green bonds
  • electricity storage
  • multipurpose reservoir
  • long-distance transmission
  • operations and maintenance
  • sediment managament and more
  • sustainability assessment

The report is compiled from data 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. It also incorporates insights from our annual issues survey, which was fielded to a broad cross-section of hydropower professionals in December 2016.

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January 22, 2018
Better Hydro: Compendium of Case Studies 2017
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Better Hydro: Compendium of Case Studies 2017 presents examples of excellence in specific aspects of sustainable hydropower development. The case studies have been compiled through a collaboration between the International Hydropower Association and the World Bank Group.

The collection of 34 case studies is based on assessments carried out under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, a tool developed through multi-stakeholder consensus that measures the sustainability of projects across a range of social, environmental, economic and technical considerations.

Topic case studies focus on specific aspects of development, such as ‘indigenous people’, ‘cultural heritage’, ‘economic viability’, and ‘water quality’ (23 are covered in total). In addition, the publication features five project-wide case studies that cover a broad geographical scope and focus on different stages of project development. Finally, six more general initiatives demonstrating innovative local and regional approaches are also detailed.

January 21, 2018
2017 World Hydropower Congress Report
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This report provides an overview of the discussions that took place at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission. It includes the speeches that were delivered in the high-level segments of the conference, as well as summaries of the presentations and exchanges that happened during the technical and business segments.

This report also gives us an opportunity to extend our warm thanks to the event's organising partners, and to the additional fifty organisations which took part in shaping and supporting the programme, which extended over five days.

May 7, 2017
2017 World Hydropower Congress Handbook (available in three languages)
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The 2017 World Hydropower Congress Handbook is the essential guide to the event, including full details of the programme, speakers, venue, facilities and study tours.

The handbook also includes special features on hydropower and interconnections in Africa, sustainable development, long-distance transmission and risk management.

More than just an event guide, the handbook is a directory of experts on a range of hydropower topics. It features:

  • Forewords by Ethiopia's minister for water, irrigation and electricity, African Union commssioner for infrastructure and energy, UNECA executive secretary, IHA chief executive, GEIDCO chairman, and World Bank Group vice president for sustainable development
  • Profiles of over 100 speakers participating in the congress
  • An overview of each and every session, with a background to topics
  • Special topic feature articles
  • Details of post-congress study tours, which visit some of Africa's technical developments and cultural sites
  • Information about the range of organisations involved in creating the congress
  • Venue maps and floor plans
  • General information for delegates
March 20, 2017
2017 Key Trends in Hydropower
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The International Hydropower Association gathers statistics and monitors deployment and use throughout the year. 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower reveals that 31.5 GW of new hydropower capacity was added around the world in 2016. The figure includes 6.4 GW of pumped storage – nearly twice the amount commissioned the previous year.

The briefing also analyses the most significant recent developments in the hydropower sector worldwide.

The briefing includes graphical information on:

  • Hydropower capacity commissioned in 2016 by region
  • Global total installed hydropower capacity at the end of 2016, broken down by leading countries
  • Worldwide distribution of pumped storage capacity at the end of 2016
  • Hydropower's contribution by region in terms of installed capacity, generation and technical potential

2017 Key Trends in Hydropower precedes the 2017 Hydropower Status Report, which will provide more in-depth analysis by region and will be published in May 2017 at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress.

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December 5, 2016
Unlocking Hydropower Potential through Power Export
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Hydropower, as an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of electricity, has played an important role in the growth and industrialisation of many emerging market economies such as Laos, Kenya, Sarawak (Malaysia), China (1980s and 90s), and Brazil, to list just a few.

Nevertheless, the hydropower potential of many emerging market countries remains undeveloped due to the difficulties surrounding project bankability, particularly the credit risk of domestic offtakers, and a risk reward imbalance in the eyes of investors.

The governments and state-owned utilities of some of these countries may have the option of exporting hydropower production to a neighbouring country for the development of such potential. Opportunities for export can offer many benefits when compared with a hydropower project established exclusively for domestic production, but also present unique risks.

This briefing explores the opportunities and the challenges of power trade for the hydropower sector.

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October 26, 2016
Modernisation of Hydropower Facilities: Climate Resilience Case Studies
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With growing populations and livelihoods, managing freshwater will be one of the major tasks for society in the foreseeable future. Infrastructure including hydropower facilities will play an increasing role in multipurpose freshwater management.

This briefing describes examples of projects in Tajikistan and Iceland, where climate resilience has been incorporated into the modernisation of existing hydropower facilities.

These case studies illustrate how organisations worldwide have considered the risks associated with a more variable and extreme climate in the modernisation of their projects. The briefing also outlines the need for the development of industry guidance on best practice in climate risk management in hydropower operations.

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July 14, 2016
Trends in Hydropower Financing
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It has long been accepted that every hydropower project is unique, and that bespoke design solutions are required for each project. It has also been recognised more recently that the market and concession arrangements for each project require tailored financing solutions.

With the plethora of financial instruments and funding sources now available, including new products such a green bonds, there is great scope for innovation, and bespoke solutions can be developed to suit the needs of individual developers.

This briefing explores trends in hydropower financing in 2016, including:

  • problems with the BOOT mechanism
  • the impact of cheap oil and gas
  • re-engagement of the multilaterals
  • donor-backed finance
  • public–private finance
  • commercial bonds
  • green bonds
  • innovative mixed finance

The briefing is authored by Mike McWilliams, head of hydropower at Mott MacDonald. It is also featured in the 2016 Hydropower Status Report.

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May 11, 2016
2016 Hydropower Status Report
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The 2016 Hydropower Status Report provides a comprehensive overview of recent development and trends in the sector around the world.

The report includes:

  • An overview of regional trends, highlighting new capacity added in 2015
  • Detailed regional analysis of new capacity installations, projects in the pipeline, and policy development
  • Maps and data visualisations of deployment, generation, potentials, and more
  • A new map and infographic on the deployment of pumped storage worldwide
  • A selection of country profiles where significant activity is taking place
  • Updates and case studies on key topics including climate resilience, hydropower finance, resettlement and indigenous people

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.

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March 1, 2016
2016 Key Trends in Hydropower
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The International Hydropower Association gathers statistics and monitors deployment and use throughout the year. 2016 Key Trends in Hydropower reveals that 33 GW of new hydropower capacity was added around the world in 2015 (including 2.5 GW of pumped storage), and highlights key recent trends in the sector.

The briefing includes graphical information on:

  • Hydropower capacity commissioned in 2015 by region
  • Global total intalled hydropower capacity at the end of 2015, broken down by leading countries
  • Worldwide distribution of pumped storage capacity at the end of 2015
  • Hydropower's contribution by region in terms of installed capacity, generation and technical potential

2015 Key Trends in Hydropower precedes the 2016 Hydropower Status Report, which will provide more in-depth analysis by region and will be published in April 2016.

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August 28, 2015
2015 Hydropower Status Report
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The 2015 Hydropower Status Report provides a comprehensive overview of recent development and trends in the sector around the world.

The report includes:

  • An overview of global trends, highlighting new capacity added in 2014
  • Detailed regional analysis of new capacity installations, projects in the pipeline, and policy development
  • Maps and data visualisations of deployment, generation, potentials and more
  • A selection of country profiles where significant activity is taking place
  • Updates on key topics including climate change and the water–energy nexus
  • Case studies highlighting hydropower's role in the renewable energy mix

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.

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July 6, 2015
Study: The hydropower sector’s contribution to a sustainable and prosperous Europe
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The hydropower sector’s contribution to a sustainable and prosperous Europe is a new macroeconomic study of hydropower in Europe. It outlines both the direct and indirect macroeconomic benefits of hydropower in the 28 European Union (EU) member states, alongside Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

The International Hydropower participated in the study, which was conducted by DNV GL, a technical consultancy, on behalf of 21 hydropower companies. It is the most comprehensive assessment of European hydropower to date.

The study's findings include that hydropower:

  • Accounts for 18 per cent of Europe's total electricity generation as well as more than 150 GW of firm capacity;
  • Provides 220 TWh of storage capacity in Europe;
  • Contributes EUR 25 billion to the EU's GDP and EUR 38 billion to Europe's total GDP;
  • Currently provides 80,000 high-qualified jobs in the EU and 120,000 in Europe. The job value creation per person is eight times higher than the European average in the manufacturing sector.
May 21, 2015
Hydropower and the Rise of Green Bonds
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So-called ‘green’ bonds have swiftly moved from a standing start in 2007–08 to being worth in the region of USD 37bn by the end of 2014 and as an asset class appear to be here to stay.

Hydropower and the Rise of Green Bonds looks at the growth and evolution of the green bonds market, and how hydropower fits into the picture.

April 1, 2015
Policy brief: The need for water as energy storage for better integration of renewables
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The need for water as energy storage for better integration of renewables is a policy brief produced by the United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in colloboration with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN).

The brief follows a seminar on the subject convened by the three organisations at 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

The brief explores water as energy storage in the context of the water–energy nexus, and how the planning, operation and management of storage or pumped-storage hydropower needs to adopt a nexus perspective.

It includes three case studies:

  • The island El Hierro, Spain: 100 per cent renewable energy by integrating wind and solar energy with pumped hydro on a small scale
  • Integration of wind and hydro power in Ethiopia: large opportunities for a developing country
  • Hydro as a carrier for both off- and on-grid electrification and as energy storage for better integration of renewables in Mozambique
April 6, 2013
The GHG Reservoir Tool (G-res): Version updates
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The document contains brief details of the additions to each update of the G-res tool.

April 6, 2013
The GHG Reservoir Tool (G-res): Technical documentation
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Sustainability

This document describes in detail how each of the components of the simple conceptual equation to define the net GHG footprint of reservoir impoundment have been defined and calculated in the G-res tool.

April 6, 2013
The GHG Reservoir Tool (G-res): User guidelines for the Earth Engine functionality
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This document provides a step-by-step guide describing how to use the Earth Engine functionality and how to link the information obtained with the appropriate fields of the G-res tool itself.

April 6, 2013
The GHG Reservoir Tool (G-res): User guide
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Upon accessing the G-res tool, users are invited to read this guidance document and the G-res tool technical documentation. Please take the time to do so carefully, as many parameters request specific information.

April 5, 2013
2013 Hydropower Report
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The Hydropower Report of IHA is an annual publication that takes an expanded look at hydropower-related developments around the world, as well as giving a review of our activities for the year.

Building on previous activity reports, the 2013 Hydropower Report has an expanded section on the hydropower sector globally and regionally, and reviews our activities over the last year.

The report includes:

  • An overview of global trends, with key figures for the past 12 months
  • Expanded reports on developments in the hydropower sector at a regional level
  • Review of our activities, including sustainability, hydropower development and communications
  • Information about our meetings and events, including the upcoming IHA 2013 World Congress

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IHA members can download the report from Hydropower Pro.

Please contact us to enquire about membership.

June 1, 2010
GHG Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs
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A major milestone has been reached in the UNESCO/IHA Greenhouse Gas Status of Freshwater Reservoirs project, with the launch of the GHG Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs, a landmark publication and the current standard on measuring emissions from reservoirs.

The publication provides individuals responsible in this area with a comprehensive tool to assess the GHG status of freshwater reservoirs, including definitive guidance on measurement and qualification of emissions resulting from the formation of reservoirs.

The guidance covers:

  • Concepts and processes involved in making such measurements
  • The approach to conducting field measurements
  • Guidance on calculating results

With the concept of global application being at the forefront of the development of the GHG Measurement Guidelines, we have ensured that the methodology contained within the publication is applicable to all climate types and reservoir conditions.

By providing the tools required to determine net GHG emissions in a selected set of reservoirs, our intention is to ensure that the results gained will be utilised to develop predictive tools, thereby avoiding the necessity of such intensive field measurements in the future. We anticipate that shared results from the use of these guidelines will contribute to this intention.

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