As a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance), we will be joining partners from solar, wind, bioenergy and geothermal membership associations to host a side event during the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland.
The side-event, titled 'renewables working together', will examine the potential for integrated renewable energy systems, and explore how a 100-per-cent renewable energy future can be achieved.
The newly-elected IHA Board gathered in London last week for its first meeting.
During the three days of meetings, the Board elected Ken Adams (Manitoba Hydro) as new IHA president, as well as the following vice presidents: Colin Clark (Brookfield Asset Management), Roy Adair (Sustainable Energy Services), Lin Chuxue (China Three Gorges Corporation), Gil Maranhão Neto (GDF Suez Energy Brasil), Roland Muench (Voith Hydro), and Karin Seelos (Statkraft).
Even when countries have a wealth of untapped hydropower potential available, why can it still remain a challenge to entice financial investors to become involved? Suzanne Pritchard investigates recent developments in Pakistan and the work of the IHA working group looking at finance and risks.
Difficulties in recruiting a skilled workforce locally has led to the creation of an inspiring and empowering professional education programme. Women and young people are amongst thousands reaping the benefits from this scheme at the Santo Antônio hydroelectric plant in Brazil. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Located some 96 km from Da Nang City, the commercial and educational centre of Central Vietnam, Song Bung 4 project is one piece of Vietnam’s energy puzzle, as the country faces an energy demand that grows at an average rate of 15 per cent per year.
We are conducting research and analysis to investigate both barriers to hydropower development around the world, and policies that shape the general investment climate.
With a total hydropower capacity of about 140,000MW and bold plans for new deployment to drive economic growth, Latin America and the Caribbean are at the forefront of innovation and investment in the hydropower sector. Suzanne Pritchard investigates the diversity of experiences in the region, and bold initiatives that lead the way for sustainable hydropower development.