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Clean energy systems

The challenge

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.

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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.

 

Our strategy and action

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. 

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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.

 

Recent activities

To learn more about our recent activities, read our Activity and Strategy Report for 2018-2019


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Join the 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

Hydropower Pro

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 Mathis Rogner at mathis.rogner@hydropower.org

 

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Latest associated content

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    IHA re-elected to the REN21 steering committee

    The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has been re-elected to the steering committee of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

    Type:
    News post
    Date:
    16 October 2015
  • Image of the Sustainable Development Goals icons highlighting goal 7 - "affordable and clean energy"

    Sustainable Development Goals: how does hydropower fit in?

    With the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including a dedicated goal to provide universal access to modern energy services, hydropower has an important role to play in the post-2015 development agenda.

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    1 October 2015
  • Cape Town

    SAIREC: renewables working together in Africa

    Richard Taylor, chief executive of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), will deliver a keynote presentation during the sixth International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), which will take place on 4–7 October in

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    18 September 2015
  • 2015 Hydropower Status Report

    2015 Hydropwer Status Report available for download

    The 2015 Hydropower Status Report is now available for download, providing comprehensive insights into new global developments in the sector, statistics on new installed capacity, detailed regional analysis, and more.

    Type:
    News post
    Date:
    1 September 2015
  • Longyangxia solar PV–hydro hybrid

    Case study: solar PV–hydro hybrid system at Longyangxia, China

    In December 2013, after only nine months of construction, the Gonghe PV solar park was commissioned and connected to the power grid via the nearby Longyangxia hydropower plant on the Yellow River.

    Type:
    Blog post
    Date:
    28 August 2015

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