Clean energy systems
The power sector, the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, must decarbonise to strengthen the global response to climate change.
The adoption of renewable, clean energy is integral to delivering the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 °C, as this would substantially reduce the risks and effects of climate change.
In order to achieve this goal, fossil-fuel dominated energy systems will need to transition to low-carbon alternatives.
Hydropower remains the largest source of renewable electricity generation in the world. It represents over 16 per cent of global electricity production, more than all other renewables combined, and will play an important role in the energy transition.
Hydropower provides valuable grid services that enable increased and more efficient deployment of variable renewables, alongside other essential energy and water services.
IHA is increasing awareness of hydropower’s contributions to reliable, stable and affordable energy systems and human development.
We work with international partners to highlight the role of hydropower in enabling the transition towards clean and sustainable energy systems.
Focusing on hydropower’s balancing and ancillary services for grid stability, we also share knowledge on the evolving role of pumped hydropower storage in future energy systems.
We are actively engaged in developing publications, workshops, webinars and events highlighting hydropower as a vital component of future energy systems.
Join our network
IHA’s Clean Energy Systems Knowledge Network supports members to build and share knowledge on hydropower’s role in clean energy systems.
If you are an IHA member, you can join our Clean Energy Systems Knowledge Network.
IHA members can access the knowledge network in Hydropower Pro, our online member community.
In the online group, network members can connect with each other, exchange experiences and access essential resources, briefings and case studies.
For any questions, please contact IHA senior analyst Samuel Law at email@example.com
Latest associated content
In February 2014, Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro announced a memorandum of understanding with US power co-operative Great River Energy to jointly investigate the sale of up to 600 MW of electricity from new hydropower projects.Type:Blog postDate:2 May 2014
Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D., is the managing director for global water at The Nature Conservancy. He spoke with us about sustainability as a structural issue, and the importance of dialogue between NGOs and the hydropower community.Type:Blog postDate:29 April 2014
The multiple roles of hydropower, and the relationship between renewable energy and water will be discussed during the celebrations of World Water Day on 20–21 March 2014 in Tokyo.Type:News postDate:19 March 2014
Early-stage planning is under way for a multi-purpose hydropower programme on the Sava River in Croatia.Type:Blog postDate:19 March 2014
A recent report from researchers at Oxford University questions the economic viability of large-scale hydropower development, highlighting cost and schedule overruns.Type:Blog postDate:13 March 2014