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The International Hydropower Association (IHA) will deliver training for hydropower professionals seeking to assess and report reservoir greenhouse gas emissions, at HydroVision International.

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The three-day interactive training course from 21-23 July is designed to allow professionals and researchers with a basic knowledge of geographic information systems and reservoir GHG dynamics to use the internationally recognised G-res Tool and accurately interpret the results.

IHA Senior Analyst Mathis Rogner said: "The greenhouse gas emissions of reservoirs should be considered in the planning and design of new infrastructure.

"The G-res Tool consolidates the most recent research in the field and builds on the principles agreed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the estimation of net reservoir emissions.

"Reporting on reservoir emissions will become mandatory, and the G-res Tool offers a relatively simple process to give reservoir stakeholders confidence in the carbon footprint of their reservoir.”

The training course will be coordinated and led by Sara Mercier-Blais, Research Associate for the UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change, based at L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Ms Mercier-Blais said: “Getting numbers from the G-res Tool is quite easy, but making sure that those are accurate is the real task. The G-res Tool training we provide allows the participant to critically analyse the results obtained and understand their real meaning.”

The course includes a scientific introduction and step-by-step tutorial on using the G-res Tool, as well as training on case scenarios and results analysis. When the course is finished, participants will be accredited as certified G-res Tool users.

HydroVision International in Portland, Oregon, USA, from 23-25 July, is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees from about 50 countries, as well as about 350 exhibiting companies. The event features over 60 educational sessions, as well as many co-located workshops, organisational meetings and other activities.

Conference delegates can learn more about the G-res Tool during a Knowledge Hub - Technology Horizon session on Wednesday 24 July 24 from 12pm-13pm, and can meet the G-res Tool team in the Exhibition hall in booth #3039. 

To contact the team and book a place on the training course, please contact: ghg@hydropower.org 

Find out more:
g-res.hydropower.org/training

 

The Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program is now accepting new applications for 2019-2020.

The initiative aims to help women in the hydropower industry to connect, generate new friendships, and share experiences in a supportive environment.

It is supported by the U.S. National Hydropower Association (NHA), Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA), Midwest Hydro Users Group (MHUG), WaterPower Canada, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and HydroVision International.

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First launched in 2017, the Women in Hydropower Mentorship Program aims to create a meaningful connection where the mentor and mentee become collaborators in each other’s success.

The mentor brings her life experience and a willingness to listen, give counsel, and provide network connections that support the mentee. The mentee brings her growth and development goals, opportunities and challenges, with a willingness to openly discuss them.

A volunteer steering committee matches the applicants into traditional or reciprocal mentorship pairs. Each mentorship pair is unique and adapts to a relationship style and meeting format that works best for them, meeting once a month for eight months, October to May.

Applications are being accepted until 1 August, with pairs to be announced in early September.

If you would like to apply, complete the application form and send it to womeninhydropower@gmail.com.

Steering Committee Members:

Nora Rosemore – Minnesota Power, Dawn Presler – Snohomish PUD, Amanda Blank – Alliant Energy, Kelly Schaeffer – Kleinschmidt, Kelly Maloney – Brookfield Renewable, Kristina Newhouse – Avista Utilities, Rita Hayen – TRC, Jacqueline Mongrut – Hydro-Quebec, and Stephanie Hun – SNC Lavalin.  

IHA is commited to promoting the role and contribution of women in the energy sector, particularly in the transition to a low carbon future. In June 2018, the association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) aimed at promoting mentoring, networking and coaching opportunities to encourage the increased participation of women in decision-making positions.

 

 

29 May 2019

Twenty-one candidates are standing for election to the International Hydropower Association's Board for the 2019-2021 period.

The successful candidates will shape and direct IHA's work for the next two years, commencing in September 2019. A total of 18 places are available in the election.

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Voting is open from 29 May until 10 July. Statements from each of the candidates are available in a candidate profile booklet available for download here.

IHA's membership - individual members and primary representatives of corporate members - are eligible to vote in the elections.

The results of the election will be announced on 12 July.

The IHA Board elections are held every two years. The current IHA Board was elected in July 2017 and is serving a term covering the period from September 2017 to September 2019. The Board meets three times a year.

Find out more: hydropower.org/iha-board-elections

Download ballot papers:

Ballot form for a primary representative of an IHA corporate member.

Ballot form for an individual IHA member.

17 May 2019

Commitments underpin the renewable energy transition, manage climate risks and champion good practice

The seventh World Hydropower Congress concluded in Paris this week with 750 delegates from 70 countries participating. Partner organisations announced a range of initiatives to ensure hydropower projects and assets can bring maximum benefits when delivered sustainably.

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The congress, 14-16 May, brought together heads of organisations, senior executives and representatives from multiple sectors, including industry, the United Nations, government, civil society including indigenous community representatives, financial institutions including all multilateral development banks, and experts from academia. 

The International Hydropower Association (IHA), which convened the biennial event along with 50 partner organisations, pledged to continue its work to advance sustainable hydropower and share solutions which support the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the closing session on 16 May, Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA, said the association would continue to build and share knowledge on clean energy systems, responsibly managed freshwater, and climate change solutions. “Every hydropower project is an ambassador for the whole sector. There is no hiding place for bad practice or projects that are deemed to be a loss to society or the planet,” he said.

Mr Taylor announced that IHA would pursue new initiatives to help the sector bring forward solutions to enhance hydropower’s flexibility and deliver clean, efficient storage for integrated electricity grids, involving a mix of hydropower, solar and wind power and other renewables. 

In addition, Mr Taylor made a commitment for IHA to work closely with the UN, civil society, business, governments and investors to achieve a common understanding of good practice for hydropower projects affecting protected areas, and when working with indigenous communities.

The Global Network of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, an initiative started by Itaipu Binacional and UNDESA, and now supported by IHA and a growing community of governmental and non-governmental entities, had its inaugural meeting during the Congress. The network aims to show how the water-energy nexus can be managed sustainably, especially to find climate solutions. Within the wide spectrum of the nexus, “hydropower projects can be of great value in the fight against climate change”, said Jose Maria Sanchez, Paraguayan Technical Director of Itaipu Binacional.

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“Today Itaipu Binacional reiterates its commitment to our partners, IHA and UNDESA, to continue working together to achieve the goals proposed in both the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr Sanchez added.

A joint statement led by The Nature Conservancy, WWF and other non-governmental organisations was also announced on the closing day. “Hydropower can help balance power systems and facilitate the integration of a higher share of wind and solar generation – both through reoperation of existing hydropower and through strategically designed new projects, including pumped storage, that avoid the significant tradeoffs associated with past development,” states the declaration, which promotes collaboration to deliver low cost, low impact and low carbon energy. 

The World Hydropower Congress saw organisations reflect on ways to overcome a variety of challenges, covering project financing and development, operations, maintenance and modernisation. A major new European initiative on technology to enhance hydropower flexibility was discussed - IHA and many of its members are to be involved, with the project led by EPFL.

Regional commitments included the Inter-American Development Bank working with IHA on the Hydropower Sustainability Tools to build capacity in Latin America. 

More than 200 speakers exchanged experiences and examples of good practice at the World Hydropower Congress across 40 focus sessions and workshops.

Reflecting on a challenging year for the Ituango hydropower project in Colombia, EPM CEO Jorge Lodoño said: “The opportunity to share our experience with so many players in the World Hydropower Congress has been extremely valuable to us. The key to overcoming the gigantic challenges that EPM has faced since the incidents at Ituango has been transparency and our company’s willingness to engage and discuss all the issues. This has galvanised broad-based support, which is much appreciated."

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On 15 May, the World Hydropower Congress saw the launch of a new IHA Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide to help projects become more resilient to climate change. It was developed with technical and financial support provided by the World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Both institutions committed to continue to work with IHA in helping the sector utilise the guide. 

IHA noted requests to establish knowledge-building and sharing initiatives around hydropower safety, pumped storage technology, policy and markets, and emerging hybrid technologies such as floating solar at hydropower projects; ESMAP and IHA announced plans to further studies on the global potential of this technology. 

At the World Hydropower Congress awards ceremony, Costa Rica’s Reventazon project was recognised as the recipient of the 2019 IHA Blue Planet Prize for sustainable hydropower development. Two other prizes - the IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower and IHA Young Researcher Award - were also announced.

The 2019 Hydropower Status Report was launched by IHA on 13 May, showing electricity generation from hydropower achieved a record estimated 4,200 TWh in 2018, as worldwide installed hydropower capacity climbed to 1,292 GW.

Find out more about the World Hydropower Congress: www.hydropower.org/congress

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The prestigious 2019 IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower was jointly awarded to three leading members of the hydropower community, at an awards ceremony at the World Hydropower Congress in Paris on 15 May.

The award went to: Karin Seelos, Statkraft Vice President (Power Generation and International Affairs); Refaat Abdel Malek, Former President of IHA and Vice Chairman of MWH Global; and Yan Zhiyong, Chairman of Power Construction Corporation of China.

Karin Seelos was recognised by the judging panel for her long-standing commitment to hydropower sustainability, which has had a major impact on the profession. Her work, including on an IHA White Paper on Hydropower and Sustainable Development, helped form the foundation for sector-wide sustainability guidelines and assessment tools. This helped catalyse a revolution of policy and thinking in the sector.

On receiving her award, Ms Seelos said “I am very grateful and deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank the IHA Board for this recognition. I was lucky to gain experience from some of the world’s leading hydropower utilities, Hydro-Québec in French Canada, and Statkraft in Norway."

Ms Seelos reflected on the “tremendous journey” that the hydropower sector has undergone in the past two decades since IHA was established. Hydropower is now considered a “key resource to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change”, she said.

“I hope the sector will continue its collaborative journey, focusing on gaining and sharing knowledge as an important part of the renewables family. Being part of the solution will be key to our success.”

Refaat Abdel Malek was President of IHA between 2007 and 2013, during which time he contributed to the development of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. Under his leadership, IHA led outreach to civil society organisations and governmental agencies supporting development around the world. He contributed actively to the participation of Latin American and Chinese organisations in international forums and to sharing knowledge in an inclusive way.

Mr Malek said: “I am grateful for the IHA for the excellent recognition through the IHA Mosonyi Award. The highlight of my career is to be a part of the IHA effort, together with other colleagues and organisations, to achieve the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. This is an achievement that returned the development of hydropower to the forefront of sustainable energy around the world.”

Yan Zhiyong was recognised for his contribution to the development of China’s hydropower industry and for his commitment to implement sustainability practices. With a philosophy of ‘people oriented green development’, he has organised and participated in formulating renewable energy development master plans for around 100 countries. He started as a designer in hydropower planning, then became the President of the China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute before he was Chairman of Power Construction Corporation of China.

Named after the renowned engineer Prof Dr Emil Mosonyi, IHA’s founding President, the award is for one or more of the following:

  • a long-standing commitment or initiative that has had a major impact on the profession;
  • a specific hydropower project, the performance of an organisation or the hydropower sector in general; or
  • an aspect of hydropower sustainability (technical, economic, social or environmental) or a broad-ranging initiative, such as national-level or basin-level strategic planning.

The winners receive lifetime honorary membership with IHA and guest registration to the 2019 World Hydropower Congress.

The Mosonyi award was one of three presented at the 2019 World Hydropower Congress, along with the IHA Blue Planet Prize and the IHA Young Researcher Award. 

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