Clean energy systems
Electric power systems are in a state of change. In response to climate concerns, many policymakers are reevaluating their countries’ use of fossil fuels, while promoting a more renewable energy mix.
As wind and solar penetration increases in response to new incentive programmes and falling prices, the role of hydropower is also evolving.
From its traditional role of providing base load power or twice-daily peaking, in many markets hydropower is increasingly called on to provide balancing services multiple times a day to help smooth the impacts of variable output of wind and solar.
This could have a profound impact on where and how hydropower is developed in the future.
Our work on renewables integration
IHA is a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN-Alliance) which brings together the renewables family including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydropower representatives to explore the role of renewables working together at the system level.
Together, the REN Alliance has compiled case studies demonstrating not only the viability of renewable energy systems, but presenting actual cases where 100 per cent renewable systems are in use today.
We also serve on the steering committee for the Renewables Network for the 21st Century (REN21), a leading body promoting the facts of renewable energy’s progress around the world.
We have close ties with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), where IHA works to ensure a strong voice for hydropower in the renewables community.
Latest associated content
31.5 GW new hydropower capacity commissioned worldwide in 2016, pumped storage development accelerates
31.5 GW of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in 2016, according to estimates in our new briefing, 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower.Type:Blog postDate:22 March 2017
Smaller scale hydropower installations are becoming increasingly popular in various regions, due often to the opportunities for retrofitting existing waterways with power generating units and the relatively short lead time in developing and constrType:Programme itemDate:1 February 2017
Hybrid energy systems typically consist of two or more different energy sources used in conjunction to ensure firm power output, increased system efficiency and ultimately a greater balance in power supply at lower overall costs.Type:Programme itemDate:19 January 2017
At the end of 2016 we can look back on a year of progress for hydropower, with many development landmarks achieved around the world. We have compiled some of the most notable achievements by IHA member companies this year.Type:Blog postDate:19 December 2016
We are taking the pulse of the hydropower sector at large in this year's annual issues survey. You are invited to take part.Type:Blog postDate:24 November 2016